The Founder

25 December marks the birth of Mohammed Ali Jinnah, the first Governor-General of Pakistan.  Born in Karachi and trained as a barrister in London. In 1895, at age 19, he became the youngest Indian to …

Vive La France!

It was on this day, 21 December, in 1958, that Charles de Gaulle was elected the first president of the Fifth Republic by a sweeping majority of French voters. During the next decade, President de …

Correspondents with a Cause

22 October marks the birthday of John Reed, an American journalist best known for his chronicle of the Russian Revolution, ’10 Days that Shook the World’. A native of Portland, Oregon, Reed would graduate from …

A World Without Borders

6 October marks the birth date of Norwegian ethnographer, Thor Heyerdahl. Heyerdahl grew to world fame for his use of primitive ocean-going vessels in an attempt to illustrate the possibility of transoceanic contact between ancient, …

Egypt’s Loss

It was on this date, 28 September, 1970, that Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser died. A leader of the Revolution that toppled the Egyptian monarchy in 1952, Nasser himself would assume the office of President …