History

The Battle of Mogadishu, also known as Black Hawk Down, was part of Operation Gothic Serpent. It was fought on October 3 and 4, 1993 in Mogadishu, Somalia, between United States troops as part of a larger United Nations peacekeeping mission, and Somali militiamen loyal to Somali General Mohamed Farrah Aidid. The battle was part
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James Pickens Jr. is an American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Dr. Richard Webber in the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy (ABC) and for his supporting role as Assistant Director Alvin Kersh in later seasons of the Fox Network science fiction series The X-Files, as well as Chuck Mitchell
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Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, a lawyer, was born of Hindu heritage on December 25, 1961, in Vacoas-Phoenix, Mauritius, to Anerood Jugnauth, the Prime Minister of Mauritius who served more than 18 years in that office, and Sarojini Jugnauth, an elementary school teacher. He had one sister, Shalini Jugnauth Malhotra. Jugnauth graduated from the
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Felix Tshisekedi, the current President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) was born Félix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo on June 13, 1963, in Kinshasa just three years after the DRC gained its independence from Belgium.  He identifies with the Luba people. His parents were Étienne Tshisekedi, who served as the prime minister of Zaire
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Tomás Estrada Palma, an attorney, was born on July 6, 1835, in Bayamo, Oriente Province in then Spanish Cuba, to Dr. Andrés Duque de Estrada y Palma and Maria Candelaria de Palma y Tamayo. Tomás had two sisters, Margarita Duque de Estrada y Tamayo and María Teresa Duque de Estrada y Tamayo, and one brother
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Opal (Blake) Lee is a retired teacher and activist who is considered the “grandmother of Juneteenth.” Blake was born on October 7, 1926 in Marshall, Texas to Otis Blake and Mattie Broadus. The family home burned down in a fire, and her father left town to find work, but did not immediately return. Her mother
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Popularly known as JBJ, Jorge Lopes Bom Jesus is the 17th and current Prime Minister of São Tomé and Príncipe. He was born in Conceição, Água Grande district, in São Tomé and Príncipe, the youngest of three brothers. Jorge Lopez Bom Jesus (Facebook) Bom Jesus received his primary and secondary education in Sao Tome. He then went to
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Joseph Leabua Jonathan was the first Prime Minister of independent Lesotho. He was born on October 30, 1914, in Leribe, Basutoland now Lesotho), one of the many great-grandchildren of the polygamous King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the Basuto nation. His parents were Jonathan Ramanemane Molapo and ‘Makatiso Molapo. Jonathan’s father was a minor chief but his family
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Wavel Ramkalawan is a Seychelles politician and Anglican priest who has served as President of Seychelles since October 26, 2020. Wavel Ramkalawan was born on March 15, 1961 on Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles. His father was a metal worker and his mother a primary school teacher. He is married to Linda Ramkalawan
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The current president of Cuba, Miguel Mario Díaz-Canel Bermudez, was born on April 20, 1960, in Placetas, Cuba, a little more than one year after Fidel Castro led a successful revolutionary guerrilla movement to take control of the island nation. Miguel’s father, Miguel Díaz-Canel, was a factory worker. His mother, Aida Bermudez, was a schoolteacher.
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Luis Abinader, the 54th and current president of the Dominican Republic, was born in Santo Domingo on July 12, 1967. His parents were Jose Rafael Abinader Wassef and Rosa Sula Corona Caba. His grandfather emigrated from Lebanon and his mother’s ancestors were from the Canary Islands. Abinader attended school in Santo Domingo graduating from the
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Alassane Ouattara was born Alassane Dramane Ouattara, on born January 1, 1942, in Dimbokro, Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). A member of the Islamic Dioula people, Ouattara was first elected president of Côte d’Ivoire in 2010. His brother is Téné Birahima Ouattara. In 1965, Ouattara received a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from Drexel Institute of Technology, Philadelphia,
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José Maria Pereira Neves is a Cape Verdean politician who is currently President of Cape Verde, having previously served as Prime Minister of Cape Verde from 2001 to 2016. He is a member of the African Party for the Independence of Cape Verde (PAICV). Neves was born on March 28, 1960, on the island of
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Azali Assoumani is a Comorian politician and military officer who has served as President of Comoros since April 2019. He was also president from 2002 to 2006 and 2016 to February 2019. He became Head of State after a coup d’état in 1999 and was elected President in 2002, 2016 and 2019. Azali Assoumani (Etemaad)
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James F. Williams serves as the managing partner of the Perkins Coie office in Seattle, Washington, the largest law office in Washington State. Born and raised on a small farm in South Carolina, Williams obtained his undergraduate degree in political science with honors from The Citadel (The Military College of South Carolina) in Charleston, South
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Isaac Lane was born March 4, 1834, in Madison County, five miles from the city of Jackson, Tennessee. His mother, Rachel, was an enslaved person belonging to his master and white father, Cullen Lane. Virtually abandoned by his parents, Lane suffered many of the harsh realities of slavery but because of his mixed racial heritage,
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Ali Bongo Ondimba is a Gabonese politician who has been serving as the 3rd President of Gabon since 2009. Ondimba was born Alain Bernard Bongo, on February 9, 1959, in Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo. His father’s name was Albert Bernard Bongo (later Omar Bongo Ondimba), the second President of Gabon who
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The current king of Eswatini, formerly Swaziland, is Mswati III. He was born on April 19, 1968 in Manzini, the largest city in what was then called Swaziland.  Mswati was named Makhosetive Dlamini (King of Nations). His parents were King Sobhuza II and Ntfombi Tfabla, one of the king’s younger wives. The prince grew up
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Victoria Renee Woodards was elected Tacoma, Washington’s 39th mayor on November 7th, 2017 and thus became the second woman of color to hold the position. Woodards followed Marilyn Strickland who served as mayor from 2010 to 2017. Woodards was born on July 16, 1965 in Riverside, California to Cornelius and Valerie Woodards, who is a
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Timothy Sylvester Harris is a politician from St Kitts and Nevis and the current Prime Minister of the island nation since 2015. He previously served as Minister of Foreign Affairs from 2001 to 2008, Minister of Finance from 2008 to 2010, and Senior Minister and Minister of Agriculture from 2010 to 2013. Timothy Harris (Associates
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