Today’s Notable Birthdays
U. S. Birthday
Martin Luther King Jr. – Leader of the African-American civil rights movement.
Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist and prominent leader in the African-American civil rights movement. His main legacy was to secure progress on civil rights in the United States and he is frequently referenced as a human rights icon today.
A Baptist minister, King became a civil rights activist early in his career. He led the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott and helped found the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957, serving as its first president. He was assassinated by a gunman in 1968.
Molière – Master of classic comedy
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, also known by his stage name Molière, (January 15, 1622 – February 17, 1673) was a French playwright and actor who is considered one of the greatest masters of comedy in Western literature. Among Molière’s best-known dramas are Le Misanthrope, (The Misanthrope), L’Ecole des femmes (The School for Wives), Tartuffe ou l’Imposteur, (Tartuffe or the Hypocrite), L’Avare ou l’École du mensonge (The Miser), Le Malade imaginaire (The Imaginary Invalid), and Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme (The Bourgeois Gentleman).
U. S. Contemporaries: Colonial Cycle – Cavalier Generation – Nomad (Reactive) (1615-1647)
Gamal Abdel Nasser – Leader of the Egyptian Revolution
Gamal Abdel Nasser ( January 15, 1918 – September 28, 1970) was the second President of Egypt from 1956 until his death in 1970. Along with Muhammad Naguib, he led the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which removed King Farouk I and heralded a new period of industrialization in Egypt, together with a profound advancement of Arab nationalism, including a short-lived union with Syria. Nasser inspired anti-colonial and pan-Arab revolutions in Algeria, Libya, Iraq and Yemen, and played a major role in founding the Palestine Liberation Organization, in 1964, and the international Non-Aligned Movement.
U. S. Contemporaries: World War Cycle – G.I. Generation – Hero (Civic) (1901-1924)