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Between 1909 and 1911, Adolf Loos designed and constructed one of his best known works, the controversial Looshaus in the Michaelerplatz, in the heart of old Vienna.
Agatha Christie started writing fiction and her first published book was The Mysterious Affair at Styles. Numerous other books followed, many featuring the detectives Hercule Poirot and Miss Jane Marple
A French racing driver. A four-time Formula One Drivers' Champion, only Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher have won more titles than Prost. From 1987 until 2001 Prost held the record for most Grand Prix victories.
One of the most influential architects during the period 1972-1988, has accomplished the unusual feat of achieving international recognition in three distinct areas: theory, drawing, and architecture.
Famous as the discoverer of the antibiotic substance lysozyme and for isolating the antibiotic substance penicillin
In 1942 Alfred Kinsey became the founder director of the Institute of Sex Research at Indiana and in 1948 he published Sexual Behavior in the Human Male (the Kinsey Report). 18500 interviews were conducted which appeared to show a wider variety of sexual behaviour than had been expected.
Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly the Atlantic leaving Newfoundland on 17 June 1928 and arriving in Wales 21 hours later.
He helped build the Pittsburgh Locomotive Works and invested in Pennsylvania oil wells and several Iron Works. In 1868 he introduced the Bessemer process of making steel to the US and by 1875 he fully capable of opening the largest steel works in the US, the Edgar Thompson Works in Braddock, Pennsylvania.
Test debut for England 1998. Right handed all rounder. Nicknamed Freddie.
Anne Frank's diary was published in 1947 in the Netherlands under the title Het Achterhuis (in English: 'The Annex'). The diary has been translated into more than 50 languages and sold millions of copies
The most famous ballet dancer of the early 20th century.
A Brazilian racing driver and triple Formula One world champion. He was killed while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix
Barbara Cartland published her first novel, Jigsaw when she was 21. It was the first of many books - well over 600. She wrote mainly romantic love stories aimed at female readers, but also produced lifestyle books
His first book was The Lost Continent, a humorous account of a trip around America in his mother's Chevy
Founder of the Microsoft Empire. Is the wealthiest man in the world with an estimated fortune of 46 billion US dollars!
BjÃ¶rn Rune Borg is a former World No. 1 tennis player. During his relatively brief eight-year career, he won 11 Grand Slam singles titles â€“5 at Wimbledon and a record 6 at the French Open. Some consider him the greatest male tennis player of all time.
Sir Robert "Bobby" Charlton is a former English football player. He survived the Munich Air Disaster. He scored 49 international goals for England, winning 106 caps and a World Cup winners medal in 1966. He also won the FA Cup (1963), European Cup (1968) and three league titles (1957, 1965, 1967) with Manchester United F.C., playing 752 games and scoring 247 goals for United.
a singer, guitarist and songwriter from the ghettos of Jamaica. He is most likely the best known reggae musician of all times, famous for popularising the genre outside of Jamaica. Much of his work deals with the struggles of the impoverished and/or powerless.
Charles Dickens, sometimes with humour, sometimes with pathos, vividly illustrated the plight of the urban poor and the injustice prevalent at the time
Christopher Columbus was an explorer and trader who crossed the Atlantic Ocean and reached the Americas in 1492 under the flag of Castilian Spain. He believed that the earth was a relatively small sphere, and argued that a ship could reach the Far East via a westward course.
Oscar-Claude Monet was a French impressionist painter. Monet was exceptionally fond of painting controlled nature - his own garden, his water lilies, his pond, and his bridge.
Debut for Manchester United in 2003. Played for Portugal in the World Cup 2004
One of the most successful Cornish novelists of all time. Her best-known work, Rebecca (1938), is a literary classic and was the inspiration for an Oscar-winning film.
Debut for Manchester United in 1995. Played for Real Madrid 2003. Joined L.A Galaxy in 2007
He played 91 games for Argentina, including 4 World Cups. 34 International goals.
His property holdings include some very prestigious Manhattan addresses like Trump Tower on 5th Avenue, Trump Park, Trump Palace, Trump Plaza and 610 Park Avenue. He is also the owner of the West Side Rail Yards and this is in the process of being developed to the tune of $5 billion. Other properties and holdings include several hotels and casinos in various places including Atlantic City and Miami.
45th president and entrepreneur.
Test Batting average 99.94. Said to be the greatest statistical average for a sport ever. Played for Australia. First test debut in 1928.
In 1977 the BBC commissioned Douglas Adams to write what became the cult science fiction classic, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, as well as episodes of Doctor Who.
Edgar Allan Poe's notable works include: the Gothic Romance 'The Fall of the House of Usher'(1840), which he wrote for Burton's Gentleman's Magazine; 'The Raven' (1845); and The Murders in The Rue Morgue'(1841) regarded by many as the first English language detective story.
A Greek-American award-winning film and theatre director, film and theatrical producer, screenwriter, novelist and cofounder of the influential Actors Studio in New York in 1947. Kazan was a three-time Academy Award winner, a five-time Tony Award winner, a four-time Golden Globes winner as well as a recipient of numerous awards and nominations in other prestigious festivals as the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival.
A prison reformer, social reformer and philanthropist.
'The Lady With The Lamp' - was the pioneer of modern nursing.
An Academy Award winning Italian-American film director and a major creative force behind a number of highly popular films of the 1930s and 1940s, including It's a Wonderful Life and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington.
Frank Lloyd Wright is without a doubt America's most famous architect, and yet he never attended architecture school. During his 70-year career, Frank Lloyd Wright designed 1,141 buildings, including homes, offices, churches, schools, libraries, bridges, and museums. Five hundred and thirty-two of these designs were completed, and 409 still stand.
Debut with Manchester United in 1963. Regarded as The first soccer superstar.
By the time he was six, Harry Houdini had already developed a taste for conjuring. His first trick was making a dried pea appear in any one of three cups. As a boy, he practicised acrobatics, and also did odd jobs as a newspaper seller and boot-black.
Fervently participated in flying experimental aircraft and as a result held numerous aircraft speed records. Through the influence of his uncle Rupert Hughes sought to start producing movies. Hughes became the primary stockholder in TWA. This turned out to be his greatest investment after it yielded over $540 million when he was forced to sell it in 1966.he bought several Las Vegas casinos including the Desert Inn (where he was staying), Castaways, Frontier, Landmark, Sands and Silver Slipper.
She made a name for herself in the early 1980s with The Stud and The Bitch. She is the younger sister of actress Joan Collins. Each of Collins' twenty-six novels have been on the New York Times bestsellers list.
Also known as "The Golden Bear", is widely regarded as one of the greatest professional golfers of all time. He won 18 major championships.
The four novels ,Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park and Emma, published in her lifetime did not carry Jane Austen's name. The other two novels, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey were published after her death with a biographical note on Jane Austen written by her brother, Henry.
The Harry Potter books have sold in their hundreds of millions and have been translated into over 60 languages.
A Golden Globe Award-winning English actress and bestselling author. Known amongst other things for her part as Alexis in the soap opera Dynasty. Collins also went on to become the highest-paid actress on television at the time. She won a Golden Globe for the role.
Also actor. Published her first novel Prime Time in 1988. She has published many books, fictional, non-fictional and autobiographical.
John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. is an American former World No. 1 professional tennis player. McEnroe won seven Grand Slam singles titlesâ€”three at Wimbledon and four at the US Openâ€”nine Grand Slam men's doubles titles, and one Grand Slam mixed doubles title. He is remembered for his shot-making artistry and superb volleying; for his famous rivalries with BjÃ¶rn Borg, Jimmy Connors, and Ivan Lendl; for his confrontational on-court behavior
In 1962 he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He wrote the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Grapes of Wrath, published in 1939 and the novella Of Mice and Men, published in 1937. In all, he wrote twenty-five books, including sixteen novels, six non-fiction books and several collections of short stories.
Won six majors: the US Open in 1968 and 1971; the Open in 1971 and 1972; and the USPGA in 1974 and 1984.
After the spy story, The Angry Hills Leon Uris concentrated his research on what was to be his most famous book, Exodus (1958), which tells the story of the birth of the Israeli nation.
A French chemist and microbiologist best known for his remarkable breakthroughs in the causes and prevention of disease. His experiments supported the germ theory of disease, also reducing mortality from puerperal fever (childbed), and he created the first vaccine for rabies. He was best known to the general public for inventing a method to stop milk and wine from causing sickness - this process came to be called Pasteurization.
One of three players to have won every possible title (singles, doubles, mixed doubles) at all four Grand Slam events.
A physicist and chemist of Polish upbringing and, subsequently, French citizenship. She was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity, the only person honored with Nobel Prizes in two different sciences, and the first female professor at the University of Paris. Her achievements include the creation of a theory of radioactivity (a term coined by her), techniques for isolating radioactive isotopes, and the discovery of two new elements, polonium and radium. It was also under her personal direction that the world's first studies were conducted into the treatment of neoplasms ("cancers"), using radioactive isotopes.
Martina Hingis won 40 singles titles and 36 doubles titles including 14 Grand Slam crowns in singles and doubles. Hingis was the youngest ever tennis player to top the rankings - she was 16 at the time.
The winner of a record nine Wimbledon women's singles tennis titles and a total of no less than 167 singles tournaments including 18 Grand Slam titles, Martina Navratilova is the most successful female tennis player in the modern game.
Scorsese's notable films include Mean Streets (1973), Alice Doesn't Live Here Any More (1974), Taxi Driver (1976), New York, New York (1977), The Last Waltz (1978), The Color of Money (1986), The Last Temptation of Christ (1988), Goodfellas (1990), Cape Fear (1992), The Age of Innocence (1993), Bringing Out The Dead (1999), The Gangs of New York (2002) and The Aviator, which was nominated for 11 Oscars in 2005.
Seven-time world champion, and current advisor and occasional test driver for Ferrari. According to the official Formula One website, he is "statistically the greatest driver the sport has ever seen".
At 11 years old Michelle Wie won the Hawaii State Women's Stroke Play Championship. At 12, she became the youngest player to qualify for an LPGA event and in 2003 Michelle won the 2003 US Women's Amateur Public Links Championship
Neil Armstrong was the Commander of the Apollo 11 rocket flight to the moon in 1969, and became the first man to set foot on the moon
A British racing driver from England who won both the Formula One World Championship (1992) and CART World Series (1993). He is the only person in history to hold both titles simultaneously, and was the first person to win the CART title in his debut season.
Regarded by many as the greatest football player ever to play the game. 1958 made his debut for Brazil. He scored 1280 goals in his 1363 professional games. He won the FIFA Best Soccer player of the Twentieth Century.
Some say the best Clay Court player ever seen.
He started off selling milkshake mixers until he sold 8 to a burger shop and was quite intrigued by the way they conducted their business serving meals in 60 seconds. So the next day after giving it some thought he asked if he could market their concept. He opened the first McDonalds in 1955 in Des Plains, Illinois.
In 1967 and 1968, he won back-to-back Golden Globe Awards in the category of Best Supporting Actor, the first time for The Sand Pebbles, and the second time for Doctor Dolittle
Since his film acting debut in 1942's In Which We Serve, Attenborough had many roles including Pinkie in Brighton Rock. Amongst the most notable films that Attenborough directed are: Gandhi (1982), which won 8 Academy Awards; Cry Freedom (1987); and Shadowlands (1993). Richard Attenborough's directing debut was "Oh! What A Lovely War" in 1969
Though he sold Virgin Records (to Thorn EMI) and a 49% stake of Virgin Atlantic (to Singapore Airlines), he still has numerous business interests in Virgin Cola, Virgin Pubs, Virgin Vision, Virgin Active, Mega stores, V2 record label, books and hotels.
Roger Federer had an unbelievably successful 2004. His 2004 prize money was $6,357,547 including 11 singles titles. Federer is the first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a season
In 1999 hit 15 goals in 14 games for Gremio which had him snapped up by Brazil. He was named as one of 11 greatest living players by FIFA. Named Best Player in the World by FIFA in 2004.
In 1952 he inherited his father Australian local Newspaper, the Adelaide News. This would become start of his media empire. He bought various media concerns like The Daily Mirror and Festival Records. His speciality was to take loss making media, turn them around, and use the resulting profits for further acquisitions. His business acquisitions spread to Britain through the acquisition of News of the World, The Sun, The Times and the Sunday Times and to the US through The New York Post.
Opened the first Wal-Mart store in 1962 in Rogers, Arkansas. Wal-Mart is the biggest private employer in the USA
Spanish professional golfer who plays on both the United States PGA Tour and the European Tour. He has spent much of his career in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He reached a career high ranking of two after winning the HSBC Champions tournament in November 2008.
A former Australian international cricketer who is widely regarded as one of the finest leg spin bowlers in the history of cricket.[
American writer who won awards in three careersâ€”a Broadway playwright, a Hollywood TV and movie screenwriter, and a best-selling novelist.
In 1980 he launched CNN, the first round-the-clock news network. CNN became more prominent as it started getting a reputation for having its reporters first on any scene. In 1986 Turner tried to purchase CBS, but he failed and so he bought Metro-Goldwyn-Myer (MGM) / United artists instead. He used their extensive film library to launch TNT in 1988. He also launched Cartoon Network using some of the assets of the afore-mentioned purchase. In 1996, Turner Broadcasting System merged with Time Warner Inc. and Ted Turner became the Vice Chairman of the company of which he now owned 10% - the largest individual stockholder.
In 1997, Tiger Woods became the youngest player to win the Masters and the youngest-ever No. 1 golfer when he was 21 years old.
Truman Capote's first novel was Other Voices, Other Rooms (1948), which described life in the deep south and the homosexual awakenings of a young boy. His other writings include The Grass Harp, and Breakfast at Tiffany's.
Walt Disney then established his own studio, producing animated cartoons. His most famous character was Mickey Mouse, who was first seen in Plane Crazy and Steamboat Willy (1928). Disney also provided the original voice for Mickey.
In the mid-1960s Woody Allen started writing film screenplays including What's New Pussycat and Casino Royale.
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