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On October the 16th
In Washington DC, the "Million Man March" was organized. It was an African American march of protest and unity organized by the Nation of Islam. The march received allot of criticism mostly due to the accusations that the members and leaders of the Nation of Islam have been accused of being racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic and sexist.
Reverend Desmond Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end apartheid in South Africa.
Bishop Karol Jozef Wojtyla became Pope John Paul II. He was the first and only Polish Pope who reigned as Pope for 26 years.
American actor, director, and writer, Tim Robbins, was born in California, USA. Along with his long time companion, actress Susan Sarandon, he shares strong liberal political views and has often spoken against globalization and the 2003 US invasion of Iraq.
The Warsaw Ghetto was established by the Nazi forces that occupied Poland at the time. The ghetto was the designated residential area that Jewish people were forced to live in. From an estimated four hundred thousand Jewish people who occupied the ghetto at the time of its establishment only thirty seven thousand survived.
The Walt Disney Company was founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy Disney.
King of Afghanistan, Zahir Shah, was born in Kabul, Afghanistan. He was the last king of Afghanistan whose 40 years of ruling the country had been considered by many as the darkest chapter in the history of the country. Zahir Shah lived in exile in Italy for twenty-nine years.
Albanian dictator, Enver Hoxha, was born in Gjirokaster, Albania.He was the leader of Albania from the end of the second world war, up until 1981 and was one of the last remaining believers of Stalinism, a belief which led to Albania's international isolation for many decades.
American writer, Eugene O'Neill, was born in Connecticut, USA. He is considered as one of the most influential playwrights of the 20th century and was the recipient of the Nobel and Pulitzer Prize.
Prime Minister of Israel, David Ben-Gurion, was born in Plonsk, Poland. He was elected as the first Prime Minister of the state of Israel in 1949 and served as such until 1953 and then again in 1956 until 1963.
Irish writer, Oscar Wilde, was born in Dublin, Ireland. He is considered as one of the most important literary figures of the Victorian era. He was imprisoned for 2 years, due to his homosexual encounters with numerous young boys. Apart from his numerous plays, he wrote only one novel, The Picture of Dorian Gray, which is considered as one of the classics of Modern Western literature.
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