Sunday, September 27, 2009

The coolest people in the world, by year, since 1903 (2 of 5)

1924: George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue is first performed
1925: F. Scott Fitzgerald – The Great Gatsby is published
1926: Robert Goddard – Launches the first liquid-fuelled rocket after suffering years of ridicule and criticism
1927: Charles Lindbergh – Makes the first solo non-stop trans-Atlantic flight
1928: Alexander Fleming – Discovers Penicillin
1929: Leon Trotsky – Exiled from the Soviet Union
1930: David Chrisman, William Sweets, and Harry Engman Charlot – Create the radio (and later many other media types) pulp hero, The Shadow
1931: Eliot Ness – After years of investigation, accumulates enough evidence to build a case against Al Capone, who is charged with tax evasion
1932: Franklin D. Roosevelt – Elected President of the United States in a landslide
1933: Three unknown members of the Harvard Lampoon – Steal the Sacred Cod of Massachusetts from the State House
1934: Fredi Washington and Louise Beavers – Appear in the groundbreaking film adaptation of Imitation of Life, a movie that dealt explicitly with race issues
1935: James Braddock – Becomes heavyweight champion of the world after winning as a 10-to-1 underdog
1936: Jesse Owens – Wins the 100 meter dash at the Berlin Olympics
1937: Howard Hughes – Sets a new record for his transcontinental flight from New York to Los Angeles
1938: Jerry Siegel and Joe Schuster – National Allied Publications publishes Action Comics #1, which features Siegel and Schuster’s creation, Superman
1939: Lou Gehrig – Gives his last public speech, stating, "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
1940: Winston Churchill – Elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom
1941: Orson Welles – Releases Citizen Kane, which he wrote, directed, produced and starred in
1942: Enrico Fermi – Initiates the first self-sustaining nuclear reaction
1943: Humphrey Bogart – Casablanca is given a wide release, vaulting its star into the public image
1944: Oskar Schindler – Bribes and negotiates with Nazi officials, saving the lives of hundreds of Jews

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