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Mike Markkula

A co-founder of Apple Computers Inc., Mike Markkula laid the groundwork for the company's success with his management and marketing vision.
  • Engineer
  • (1942–)

Thomas Paine

Thomas Paine was an English American writer and pamphleteer whose "Common Sense" and other writings influenced the American Revolution, and helped pave the way for the Declaration of Independence.
  • Inventor,
  • Journalist
  • (1737–1809)

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, noted for her style and elegance, was the wife of President John F. Kennedy and a U.S. first lady. She later married Aristotle Onassis.
  • U.S. First Lady,
  • Publisher
  • (1929–1994)

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was an Irish author and satirist. Best known for writing Gulliver's Travels, he was dean of St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.
  • Writer
  • (1667–1745)

Kelly Clarkson

Kelly Clarkson is an American Idol winner who went on to record several top 10 hits including "Breakaway," "Behind These Hazel Eyes" and "Because of You."
  • Singer
  • (1982–)

Amerigo Vespucci

America was named after Amerigo Vespucci, a Florentine navigator and explorer who played a prominent role in exploring the New World.
  • Explorer
  • (c. 1451–c. 1512)

William Faulkner

William Faulkner was a Nobel Prize-winning novelist of the American South who wrote challenging prose and created the fictional Yoknapatawpha County. He is known for novels like The Sound and the Fury and As I Lay Dying.
  • Author
  • (1897–1962)

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804–1864) wrote novels The Scarlet Letter, The House of Seven Gables, and the short story "Young Goodman Brown," among others.
  • Author
  • (1804–1864)

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5 Stanley Kubrick Facts You Need to Know

On December 2nd 'Stanley Kubrick: The Masterpiece Collection,' will be released, which includes 10 of the director's films, new documentaries, and a 78-page book documenting the making of classics like 'Dr. Strangelove' (1964), '2001: A Space Odyssey' (1968), 'A Clockwork Orange' (1971), 'The Shining' (1980), and 'Eyes Wide Shut' (1999). Here, we take a look at how Kubrick became a master at his craft.

Charles Manson: The Making of a Serial Killer

With Charles Manson back in the headlines for his impending marriage to a 26-year-old, we pulled an article from our archives by Jeff Guinn, author of the book "Manson: The Life and Times of Charles Manson." Here Guinn reveals how even as a child Manson showed disturbing signs of becoming a serial killer.

Quote of the Week: Grace Kelly

Born on this day in 1929, Grace Kelly’s life took her from Hollywood starlet to royalty. We celebrate the princess on what would have been her 85th birthday with our Quote of the Week.
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