History was created when Armstrong put his left foot on the surface of Moon, thus becoming the first ever man to place his foot on someplace other than the Earth. He was and for centuries to come, will be regarded as the greatest American hero who created a landmark moment in human history. Trained as an aeronautical engineer, he soon took to being a test pilot and served as the same for a number of years before being selected as an astronaut. Interestingly, all his accomplishments would not have happened in the first place had his friend, Dick Day not placed his application for astronaut with the ones that arrived on time; Armstrong's application had arrived about a week after the deadline. Armstrong's first mission into the space was as command pilot of Gemini 8 in 1966. With this, he became the first civilian to fly in space. His second and last space flight occurred three years later in 1969 when he joined Aldrin and Collins aboard Apollo 11 for NASA's first manned mission to moon. Armstrong spent about two hours walking on the moon surface, collecting samples and conducting experiments. His fiery determination coupled with his heroic demeanour and unwavering team spirit made him a man of virtue and honor. To know in details about his life and profile, scroll further.
From being born in a middle-class family of workers to being the reigning actor-director-producer of Hollywood, Clinton ˜Clint' Eastwood has had a dreamy uphill career, but not without his share of failures. It is hard to believe that this prolific actor-director-producer has had an extremely humble start. He struggled with various odd jobs, before being recommended to try his luck at acting. Clint's first shot to fame was for his role as Rowdy Yates for the TV series, ˜Rawhide'. The series gave him the breakthrough and opened doors for him to journey further in the world of showbiz. After a couple of films, Clint made his debut as a director in 1971 and in no time, made a mark as his films received both commercial and critical success. He turned producer with the launch of his own production house, Malpaso Productions. In his five decades long career, he has starred, directed and produced films of various genres, right from soulful romantics to violent action and slapstick comedies to biopics.
Sir Thomas Sean Connery is a Scottish actor, best known for portraying the iconic role of the spy, ˜James Bond' in movies. He was raised in poverty and started working at an early age to support his family. He had a keen interest in bodybuilding and took part in a bodybuilding competition which changed the course of his life. He was appreciated for his muscular built and was suggested to audition for a role in a musical. He got the part and decided to make acting his profession for the rest of his life. He starred in some minor roles in films and television programs along with his work in theatre. The big break of his life came when he was approached to play the role of a British secret agent, James Bond, in movies based on novels by Ian Fleming. He played it with extreme sophistication and style which made him an overnight star. He was much appreciated for his portrayal of this legendary character and established a tremendous fan following all over the world. Apart from it, he also starred in other productions which were critically as well as commercially quite successful. He is still one of the most charming and charismatic actors in the industry, with a sense of gratitude for his audience, who turned him from an ordinary person to an unforgettable superstar of all times.
Ray Charles was the forerunner of soul music, assimilating other genres like gospel, pop, R&B and country to create a new form of music, that went on to produce hits like ˜Hit the Road Jack', ˜Georgia On My Mind' and ˜Unchain My Heart'. Considered the ˜Father of Soul Music', Ray Charles left an indelible impression in the world of music that is still prevalent and enduring even after his death. Best-known for his secular lyrics and his popular jazz arrangements in music, his works were largely improvisational. Over his career that spanned nearly five decades, he inspired a number of other musicians and singer/songwriters. What made him an even bigger international star was the fact that he did not let his visual impairment get in the way of his music, his personal life and his career. He was a man who loved to shoulder responsibilities and was extremely friendly with his peers and other musicians. He is now remembered for his pleasing, amicable personality and is considered one of the ˜Godfathers' of soul music. From ˜Confession Blues' to ˜What'd I Say', his songs went on to chart some of the most popular international countdowns and continue to reverberate in the world of music today. Scroll further for more.
One of the world's wealthiest people and perhaps the most influential philanthropists of our times, Warren Buffett does not really need an introduction. He is the chairman, CEO and the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway, a multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha. He is much respected by his peers and the world alike for his personal frugality and adherence to ethical principles when it comes to successful business management. Called the ˜Oracle of Omaha', Buffett rose from a modest beginning to become one of the richest men on earth through his sheer hard work and keen sense of investing. He started demonstrating his financial abilities from his early years when he would go from door to door selling candies and soft drinks. He began investing as a teenager and had saved almost $10,000 dollars by the age of 20. He had great business acumen and started out on his career as a stock broker. He developed his own investment principles which helped him acquire a lot of wealth; he was already a millionaire by the time he was in his early thirties. As his wealth grew, so did his desire to give back to the society”he is a notable philanthropist and has pledged to give away a significant portion of his fortunes to charity.
Edwin Eugene ˜Buzz' Aldrin Jr. is an American astronaut and the second person to walk on the moon. Since his childhood days, he seemed destined to be an aviator and entered the Air Force after his graduation from West Point Military Academy where he flew 66 combat missions in Korea during the war. After the cease fire between North and South Korea, Aldrin enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, earning his PhD in Aeronautics and astronautics. He developed a thesis which focused on rendezvousing piloted spacecraft and soon entered the space program where he relied on his doctoral studies to create docking and rendezvous techniques for spacecrafts. He also pioneered underwater training techniques, which simulated zero-gravity situations and helped astronauts prepare to work in space. Aldrin served as a lunar module pilot for the Apollo 11 mission to the moon, travelling with Commander Neil Armstrong and Command Module Pilot Michael Collins. On his return from the mission, he was decorated with the ˜Presidential Medal of Freedom', the highest American peacetime award. In recent years, Aldrin continued expansion of the space programs specifically calling for a return to moon and manned visits to Mars.
Michael Collins is one of the three astronauts, who worked on the ˜Apollo 11' mission, which made the first lunar landing, one of the biggest events in history of mankind. While his colleagues, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped on the moon, Collins was the command module pilot of the mission, who orbited around the moon. After an initial rejection, Collins was chosen by NASA to be a part of the ˜Astronaut Group 3'. His first spaceflight assignment was the ˜Gemini 10' mission, during which he performed the spacewalk. Michael Collins was an army man, before he joined NASA. He graduated from the United States Military Academy, after which he joined the United States Air Force and was commissioned to the Chambley-Bussieres Air Base, France. He has been the recipient of numerous honours and decorations including, the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, Collier Trophy, the Hubbard Medal and Presidential Medal of Freedom among many others. After he retired from NASA, he became Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs in the Department of State. He later established his own consulting business.
Mother of <a title='Michael' href='/famous/michael-jackson.htm'>Michael</a> and <a title='Janet Jackson' href='/famous/janet-jackson.htm'>Janet Jackson</a> who was the matriarch of the entire Jackson musical family. Through her encouragement, five of her ten children formed The Jackson 5.
Richard St John Harris, popularly known as Richard Harris, was an Irish actor, singer, director, producer and writer. He is known for the variety of roles that he portrayed in his extensive entertainment career, like that of ˜Frank Machin' in ˜This Sporting Life', ˜King Arthur' in ˜Camelot', an English aristocrat in ˜A Man Called Horse', a gunfighter in Clint Eastwood's ˜Unforgiven', <a title='Marcus Aurelius' href='/famous/marcus-aurelius.htm'>Marcus Aurelius</a>' in Ridley Scott's ˜Gladiator' and ˜Albus Dumbledore' in the first two movies of the ˜Harry Potter' series. Harris started his creative journey when he shifted from Ireland to London and studied performing art there. After working in oblivion, in different theater productions, he got a chance to act in Hollywood movies. ˜This Sporting Life' in 1953 is considered to be his break out movie as well as the most prominent movie of his career. Harris also worked in some made-for-TV movies and released many albums, since he was also a singer of distinctive talent. He won many accolades for his creative skills, like: Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture Actor (Musical/Comedy) for ˜Camelot', Best Actor Award at the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and Grammy for Best Spoken Word Recording for ˜Jonathan Livingston Seagull'.
Rolf Harris is an Australian entertainer, who is most famous for his songs, 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport', and 'Two Little Boys'. Not only is this man a singer, but has also written songs, and presented television shows on 'BBC' and 'ITV'. His first assignment was with 'BBC' for a show called 'Jigsaw', after which he went on to host other programmes, including 'The Rolf Harris Show', and 'Animal Hospital', amongst others. He has also showcased his artistic calibre on several shows, and has exhibited his paintings at London's 'Portland Gallery'. He has collaborated with other musicians like Kate Bush and Steve Lima, to record singles and provide vocals for their albums. He has appeared in several television shows like 'Background for Murder', 'Full Moon', 'The Fruit Cases', and 'Christmas Night with the Stars'. This entertainer has also been cast in many British and Australian movies, including 'Run for Your Wife', 'Crash Drive', 'The Little Convict', and 'Web of Suspicion'. Recently, he has been convicted on charges of sexually abusing twelve girls over a period of eighteen years. Since then, he has been stripped of all honours that were conferred upon him for his contribution to arts and the society.
America's first openly gay politician, Harvey Bernard Milk was an icon for the gay community in the United States and a champion of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) civil rights movement. Basically a native of New York, he moved to San Francisco during a mass migration of gay men to the city. The environment in San Francisco was more encouraging towards the gay rights movement and he began to actively participate in local politics. During his initial years he had kept his sexual orientation a secret but later came out of the closet as he realized that he would be able to do more for the LGBT community as an openly gay politician. After running unsuccessfully for political office three times he was finally elected as a city supervisor. His selection made national headlines in the country as it was the first time an openly gay candidate had been elected. Upon occupying the office, one of the first initiatives he took was to sponsor a civil rights bill that outlawed discrimination based on sexual orientation”this was a very significant step in furthering the civil rights of the LGBT community. He became a very popular politician due to his concern for the people. Unfortunately he was assassinated after serving just 11 months in office.
Countess of Snowdon who was the youngest daughter of <a title='King George VI' href='/famous/george-vi.htm'>King George VI</a> and <a title='Queen Elizabeth' href='/famous/queen-mother.htm'>Queen Elizabeth</a>. She stirred the world's heart with her tragic private life and caused controversy within the royal family for getting divorced.