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profile name: William Shakespeare profile occupation: Playwright, Poet
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profile name: Adolf Hitler profile occupation: Military Leader, Dictator
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Browse our collection of African-American Firsts: Awards & Honors, including Oprah Winfrey, who became the first recipient of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences' Bob Hope Humanitarian Award in 2002; Floyd Patterson; the youngest heavyweight champion in history and the first heavyweight to regain his title following a loss; Shani Davis, who became the first black athlete at the Winter Olympics to win a gold medal in an individual sport in 2006; and Henry Armstrong, who became the first boxer to hold three different weight division titles at the same time in 1938. Explore full biographies, photo galleries, videos and more, only at Biography.com.
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The Jonas Brothers became an instant hit after receiving airplay on Radio Disney and the Disney Channel. The trio's self-titled album, released in 2007, reached the Top 5 on the Billboard charts and went double platinum, and the album's single, "S.O.S.," took the No. 1 spot on iTunes. The Jonas Brothers' follow-up album, A Little Bit Longer, marked an industry first: The group became the first artists to have three albums on the Billboard Top 10 at once. In 2009, the group released their fourth studio project, Lines, Vines and Trying Times. Learn more about teen idols Nick, Joe and Kevin Jonas, at Biography.com.
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