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Alina Zagitova – beautiful Olympic champion

Alina Zagitova – beautiful Olympic champion

Alina Zagitova – beautiful Olympic champion


Alina Zagitova is a Russian figure skater who performs in women’s singles. She is Olympic champion (2018, Pyeongchang County, South Korea) in personal competitions, silver medalist in team competitions, champion of Europe (2018), the Grand Prix winner (2017), World Champion among juniors (2017), champion of Russia (2018), Honored Master of Sports of Russia (2018). In January 2018, she held the 5th place in the rating of the International Skating Union (ISU).
Alina Il’nazovna Zagitova was born on May 18, 2002 in Izhevsk, Udmurtia, Russia. Her father, Ilnaz Zagitov, is a hockey coach. Alina has a younger sister, who is also engaged in figure skating. The girl’s parents named her after the artistic gymnast Alina Kabaeva. Zagitova gave up figure skating for seven times and returned. In her childhood she was fond of drawing.
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Linda McCartney – singer and photographer

Linda McCartney – singer and photographer

Linda McCartney – singer and photographer


Linda McCartney was an American singer, author of books and photographer; Paul McCartney’s wife and member of the Wings.
Linda Louise Eastman was born on September 24, 1941 in Scarsdale, New York. The girl was the second child into the family of American Jews, Lee and Louise Eastman. She has an older brother and two younger sisters. Her father, a native of Russia whose real name was Leopold Vail Epstein, changed his last name after coming to the US. He was a successful business attorney.
In 1960, the girl graduated from Scarsdale High School and became a student at the University of Arizona (Faculty of Fine Arts). Her first place of work was the reception of Town & Country magazine. Very soon she was the only amateur photographer on the yacht SS Sea Panther, where The Rolling Stones traveled. Soon, Linda received the position of a full-time photographer at the Fillmore East Concert Hall.
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Grover Cleveland Alexander – baseball player

Grover Cleveland Alexander - baseball player

Grover Cleveland Alexander – baseball player


Grover Cleveland Alexander was an icon for his generation of professional baseball players. He was a phenomenal pitcher, who established major-league records, many of which still stand today. During World War I he served as an army sergeant in France. He lived through Prohibition, two marriages and divorces from the same woman, the Great Depression, and ill health due to epilepsy, alcoholism, and cancer.
Grover Cleveland Alexander was born on February 26, 1887 in Elba, Nebraska. He was the youngest of thirteen children (twelve boys and one girl). Baseball was mostly an interesting past time for Alexander until 1909.
Although Alexander worked for a time as a telephone lineman for the Howard Telephone Company, he managed to play on local teams for the fee of five silver dollars. Then he began playing baseball for independent clubs and in 1909 he signed his first contract with the Galesburg Boosters.
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Martha Graham – wonderful dancer

Martha Graham – wonderful dancer

Martha Graham – wonderful dancer


Martha Graham, wonderful dancer and choreographer, had a powerful influence on modern dance. She used forceful movements that expressed strong emotions.
Martha Graham was born on May 11, 1894 near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Later, in 1908, she moved to California with her family. The girl became interested in dance when she saw Ruth St. Denis perform in 1914. As a teenager she studied at the Denishawn dance school and later she became a member of the Denishawn dance company. Her great dramatic power made her a favorite with audiences.
In 1923 Graham went to New York and three years later she founded a dance school, where she developed a distinctive dance technique. Important dancers who studied with Graham include Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, Twyla Tharp, and Alvin Ailey.
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Danny Federici – American musician

Danny Federici - American musician

Danny Federici – American musician


Danny Federici was an American musician, best known as the organ, glockenspiel, and accordion player.
Daniel Paul Federici was born on January 23, 1950 in Flemington, New Jersey. For many years a multi-instrumentalist in Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, Danny Federici started out playing polkas at his New Jersey home. His mother booked the young virtuoso out for parties, where he could entertain guests with his accordion. After some time, Danny entered the music school. He was recognized as one of the most gifted young musicians of the school. Over time, the American musician began to give his own small concerts in various clubs.
During the mid-1960s, Federici branched out into rock ‘n’ roll with Bill Chinnock’s The Storytellers. Having left The Storytellers, he and drummer Vini Mad Dog Lopez formed the hard-rock band Child with bassist Vinnie Roslin.
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Chester Arthur – 21st president of America

Chester Arthur - 21st president of America

Chester Arthur – 21st president of America


Chester Arthur was the twenty-first president of the United States. Many people did not believe that Arthur would make a good president, but he worked hard to gain the public’s respect.
Chester Alan Arthur was born on October 5, 1829, in the village of Fairfield, Vermont. He was the eldest of seven children of a Scotch-Irish Baptist minister. When he was only 15 Chester entered Union College in Schenectady, New York and after graduating at age 18, he studied law while teaching.
In 1859 Arthur married Ellen Lewis Herndon. The couple had three children.
Arthur worked as a lawyer in New York City and became known for his antislavery principles. In his law career he defended the rights of African Americans.
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Anne of Brittany – Twice Queen of France

Anne of Brittany - Twice Queen of France

Anne of Brittany – Twice Queen of France


Anne of Brittany led the duchy of Brittany after her father, the duke, died in 1488. As the wife of two French kings, she played a significant role in the political and cultural life of France during the early years of the Renaissance. The French king Charles VIII took control of Brittany and married Anne in 1491. This led in time to the union of Brittany with France. Charles died in 1498, and the following year Anne married his successor, Louis XII. During Louis’s reign, Anne made great efforts to encourage the arts. She brought poets, painters, decorators, and translators to the court to enhance the image of the king. Anne’s daughter Claude became the wife of one French king, Francis I, and the mother of another, Henry II.
The Duke of Brittany Francis II had no sons. So, he had to raise his daughter Anne, who was born on January 25, 1477, as heir to the throne. As a result, she received an atypical education for a medieval girl. She studied foreign languages, rhetoric, logic. And the duke usually solved political problems in her presence.
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Alain Bombard – extreme traveler

Alain Bombard – extreme traveler

Alain Bombard – extreme traveler


Alain Bombard (October 27, 1924, Paris – July 19, 2005, Toulon) was not a professional sailor, but he managed to cross the Atlantic from the Canary Islands to Barbados on an inflatable boat Heretic all alone. It took him 65 days, from October 19 to December 22, 1952. He did not have any food and drink with him and survived only thanks to the gifts of the sea.
In the spring of 1951, Alain Bombard, a young intern doctor who had barely begun his professional career at the hospital, was shocked by the number of dead seamen. There was a shipwreck of the trawler Notre Dame de Peyrag near the coast. At foggy night the trawler crashed into the rocks and 43 sailors were killed. In the morning, after only a few hours, their bodies were pulled ashore. All the sailors were in life jackets. It was this event that prompted the young doctor to tackle the problem of saving the lives of people in distress at sea.
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Geronimo – Apache warrior

Geronimo - Apache warrior

Geronimo – Apache warrior


Geronimo was the legendary warrior, a leader of the Chiricahua band of the Apache people. He struggled for a Native American way of life in conflict with American frontiersmen who wanted to take the tribe’s land. The Apache lived in northern Mexico and what is now the southwestern United States.
Geronimo was born in June 1829 in No-doyohn Canyon in Arizona. At the age of 17 he became a member of his tribe’s warrior council. The Apache fought with the Mexicans. Geronimo married a woman from the Chiricahua tribe and had three children. On March 5, 1851, a detachment of 400 Mexican soldiers from the Sonora State, led by Colonel José María Carrasco, attacked the Geronimo’s camp while most of the tribe’s men went to the city to trade. His mother, wife, and three children were killed by Mexican bounty hunters. Wanting revenge, Geronimo fought even more fiercely. During the next 15 years he rose steadily as a war leader among the Apaches.
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Janusz Korczak – Old Doctor

Janusz Korczak - Old Doctor

Janusz Korczak – Old Doctor


Everyone knows that Janusz Korczak was a teacher and writer. But not everyone knows that his main profession was a doctor. In pre-war Poland, Janusz Korczak was called Pan Old Doctor.
Henryk Goldszmit, known worldwide as Janusz Korczak, was born on July 22, 1878 in Warsaw into the family of a famous Moscow lawyer and writer. Parents were not very interested in raising his son, and he grew up as a closed, shy child, immersed in the world of his fantasies.
When Henryk was seven years old, he was sent to a Russian gymnasium, where he studied Latin, French, German, Greek and many other subjects.
In 1889 the Goldszmit family experienced a great shock: the father had signs of mental illness. He was placed in a special clinic. Money for treatment soon ended, the mother had to sell paintings, porcelain, furniture… The prosperous life was over. To support the family, the young man had to give lessons to children from wealthy families. For the first time he proved himself to be a capable teacher.
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