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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

  • Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama Dalai Lama - Tibet

    A short biography and background note on Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Updated 14 July 2015 to report on the hardening of China's stance on negotiations with the Dalai Lama, as described in the Chinese report titled 'Tibet's Path of Development Is Driven by an Irresistible Historical Tide'.

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr. - United States

    A short biography and background note on Martin Luther King Jr.. Updated 13 July 2015 to include additional information about the voting rights protests and marches held in Selma, Alabama, in 1965.

  • José Ramos-Horta José Ramos-Horta - East Timor

    A short biography and background note on José Ramos-Horta. Updated 8 July 2015 to report on the published response by Ramos-Horta and human rights activist Benedict Rogers to the jailing of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed.

  • Adolf Hitler Adolf Hitler - Germany

    A short biography and background note on Adolf Hitler. Updated 7 July 2015 to include link to article titled Why are we obsessed with the Nazis? published on 'The Guardian' website.