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Walt Whitman: A Christmas Greeting

A Christmas GreetingWelcome, Brazilian brother—thy ample place is ready; A loving hand—a smile from the north—a sunny instant hall! (Let the future care for itself, where it reveals its troubl…

Irving Stone 2000 Deaths

Irving StoneAge: 90 greeting-card company executive who transformed the family business, Sapirstein Greeting Card Co., which distributed cards, into American Greetings, the country's second-l…

Richard Hovey: Comrades

ComradesRichard HoveyComrades, pour the wine to-night For the parting is with dawn! Oh, the clink of cups together, With the daylight coming on! Greet the morn With a double horn, When strong …

Profile of David Livingstone

David Livingstone was 27 years old when he sailed from Scotland to South Africa as a Christian missionary in 1840. He spent much of the next 33 years traveling in the African interior, eventually beco…

Michael Jackson, 2004 News

pop star, pleaded not guilty in January to nine felony counts—seven of allegedly engaging in lewd acts with a child under age 14 and two of giving an intoxicant to a child. After his co…

Profile of Nicolas Copernicus

Name at birth: Niclas KopernikNicolas Copernicus was born into a well-to-do family, and after his father died in 1483 he was put under the guardianship of his uncle, a bishop of Warmia (Poland). He we…

Profile of William Hung

William Hung became famous by performing badly in a televised audition for the talent show American Idol. Hung's tone-deaf performance of the Ricky Martin tune "She Bangs" was greeted with sneers by …

Profile of Paul Harvey

Name at birth: Paul Harvey Aurandt The radio show Paul Harvey News and Comment was first broadcast nationally in 1951 and continued into the 21st century, making Harvey one of the longest-lasting and …

Profile of Brigitte Boisselier

Dr. Brigitte Boisselier is the scientific director of Clonaid, a company devoted to creating human clones. Based in the Bahamas, Clonaid is funded by the Raëlian Movement, a quasi-religious organizati…