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short biographies and background notes on heroes and killers of the 20th century

Heroes of the 20th Century

A list of heroes of the 20th Century.

reflections on heroes

Killers of the 20th Century

A list of killers of the 20th Century.

reflections on killers

latest additions and updates

  • Théoneste Bagosora Théoneste Bagosora - Rwanda

    A short biography and background note on Théoneste Bagosora. Updated 7 January 2016 to report the closure of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on 31 December 2015.

  • Rosa Parks Rosa Parks - United States

    A short biography and background note on Rosa Parks. Updated 7 January 2016 to update information about Parks' dispute with a Montgomery bus driver in November 1943.

  • Augusto Pinochet Ugarte Augusto Pinochet - Chile

    A short biography and background note on Augusto Pinochet. Updated 6 January 2016 to report on the release of secret US Department of State documents that conclude there is convincing evidence that Pinochet personally ordered the assassination of Orlando Letelier in 1976.

  • Radovan Karadzic Radovan Karadzic - Bosnia-Herzegovina

    Short biography and background note on Radovan Karadzic. Updated 6 January 2016 to report that Karadzic had surgery to remove his inflamed gall bladder in August 2015.