Matthew Shepard died from severe injuries he sustained in a gay-related hate crime attack. His death set off a nationwide debate about hate crimes and homophobia that ultimately led to the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act (2009).
Olympic gold medalist Florence Joyner brought style to track and field with form-fitting bodysuits, six-inch fingernails and amazing speed. She still holds the world records in the 100- and 200-meter events.
Cambodian head of state Pol Pot was the leader of the Khmer Rouge regime, which was responsible for the deaths of more than one million people through execution, starvation or overwork between 1975 and 1979.