Sigmund Freud Biography Sigmund Freud was born on May 6, 1856, in Freiberg, Moravia, which is now Pribor, in Czech Republic, the son of Jacob Freud and his third wife Amalia. Sigmund was followed by seven younger brothers and sisters. His family constellation was unusual because Freud's two half-brothers, Emmanuel and Philip, were almost the same age as his mother. Freud was younger than his nephew John, Emmanuel's son. This odd situation may have triggered Freud's interest on family...
Once, while passing through Italy, Nostradamus bowed before a young Franciscan monk, addressing him as "His Holiness." Others around him did understand his strange behavior and the reasons as to why someone would call a mere monk by such a title. However, years later, and after Nostradamus' death, that monk became Pope Sixtus V. This was just one of the hundreds of prophecies, or visions of the future, that the fifteenth-century prophet made during his lifetime. Nostradamus, born in...
Biography and Accomplishments of Elizabeth Blackwell On January 23, 1849, a young woman walked across the stage of the Presbyterian Church in Geneva, NY. She was given a degree of Doctor of Medicine from the Geneva Medical College. And she happened to be the very first woman to earn the degree. Her name was Elizabeth Blackwell. Elizabeth Blackwell was born in England on February 3, 1821. She received her childhood education by private tutor. In 1832, her father, Samuel Blackwell, moved...
In late October, 1831 the HMS Beagle set sail for a five year voyage around the world. On board was renowned geologist Charles Darwin who sought to document native species around the world and study ancient fossils. During this journey, he traveled to five of the continents, but the most revolutionary findings of this trip were found in South America on the Galapagos Islands. Darwin first traveled to South America where he developed new theories on plate tectonics and the geological...
The question was Alexandra Tolstoy's, Leo Tolstoy's aristocratic aunt, who loved him dearly and was his foremost ally at the court of the Tsar. She was not alone in asking the question. All who knew him well, except those disciples who idolized him, confessed to some mixture of awe and ambivalence towards the great Russian novelist. Tolstoy himself was all too aware of the contradictions. No man was ever more uncomfortable in his own skin. Tolstoy's personal diaries, kept up throughout most...
Al Capone Biography: One of the Most Ruthless Men of All Time The ultimate symbol of a gangster rule, is a man by the name of Al Capone, who dominated the Chicago underworld by committing many crimes: such as illegal gambling, extortion, prostitution, and alcohol distribution during prohibition. Capone’s life of gang activity started at a very young age. He created a multi-million dollar empire of crime in Chicago. He has been referred to as one of the most ruthless men of all time...
Chicago Black Sox Scandal The 1919 World Series is home to the most notorious scandal in baseball history. Eight players from the Chicago White Sox were accused of throwing the series against the Cincinnati Reds. Details of the scandal and the extent to which each man was involved have always been unclear. It was, however, front-page news across the country and, despite being acquitted of criminal charges, the players were banned from professional baseball for life. If anything can be said in...
More nearly than any of his predecessors, Andrew Jackson was elected by popular vote; as President he sought to act as the direct representative of the common man. Born in a backwoods settlement in the Carolinas in 1767, he received sporadic education. But in his late teens he read law for about two years, and he became an outstanding young lawyer in Tennessee. Fiercely jealous of his honor, he engaged in brawls, and in a duel killed a man who cast an unjustified slur on his wife Rachel. ...
The Impact of Corruption on India's Policy and Administrative Service over the last 25 years I Abstract Assessing the impact of corruption on India's polity and administrative service over the last quarter century has enabled me to gauge the progress made by India's politicians in tackling one of the country's biggest problems. In analyzing the impact of corruption on India's polity over the last 25 years, I highlight corrupt practices by Indian governments during the time-frame in...
George Lucas’ Biography and Filmography You wouldn't think he'd become what he now is from his early days. He was fascinated in comic books, especially "Buck Rogers" and "Flash Gordon." And though this might allude to the Star Wars movies he still didn't know what to do with his life by the time he became a teenager. Bored with the tedium and out-of-date teaching methods, he was a poor student and found excitement in car racing. Only a hint of this past is found in his movie's fast pace...
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