Monday, September 21, 2009

The coolest people in the world, by year, since 1903 (1 of 5)

1903: The Wright Brothers – The first men to successfully design and fly a plane
1904: J.M. Barrie – His play Peter Pan is first performed on stage
1905: Albert Einstein –Theory of Special Relativity is first proposed in a paper
1906: Theodore Roosevelt – Wins Nobel Peace Prize for negotiating peace in Russo-Japanese War, and becomes the first sitting President to make a trip outside America
1907: Maria Montessori – Establishes her first school using the education system bearing her name
1908: Henry Ford – Model T first produced
1909: Theodore Roosevelt – Just 19 days after leaving the White House, goes on safari to Africa
1910: Theodore Roosevelt – Becomes the first president to ride in an airplane, less than seven years after its invention
1911: Hiram Bingham – Rediscovers Machu Picchu
1912: Harry Houdini – First escapes the Chinese water torture cell
1913: Pancho Villa – Returns from self-imposed exile in America to lead the Mexican Revolution
1914: Rasputin – Survives an assassination attempt that left his guts hanging from his abdomen
1915: John McCrae – Writes In Flanders Field during the Second Battle of Ypres
1916: James Joyce – Publishes A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
1917: Vladimir Lenin – Leads the Bolshevik Party in the Russian Revolution
1918: Woodrow Wilson – Delivers his Fourteen Points speech
1919: Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht – Murdered following a failed communist revolution
1920: Babe Ruth – Traded by the Boston Red Sox to the New York Yankees
1921: Mohandas Gandhi – Becomes leader of the Indian National Congress, promoting Indian independence
1922: Benito Mussolini – Seizes power in Italy under the banner of his National Fascist Party
1923: T.S. Eliot – The Waste Land first published in book form

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