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Emily Davison

(Woman’s Rights Activist)

11 October 1872 – 8 June 1913 (Aged 40)

Born in Blackheath, Kent, England. Died in Epsom, Surrey, England.

Davison was a British suffragette, who gained great fame for the circumstances of her death.

On the day of the Epsom Derby, Davison stepped out under the rail and stepped in front of King George V’s horse, Anmer.

She died four days later from her injuries. Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of London for her funeral.

You can read more about Davison’s death here.

Harriet Tubman

(Civil Rights Activist)

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c. 1822 – 10 March 1913 (Aged 91)

Born in Dorchester County, Maryland, USA. Died in Auburn, New York, USA.

Tubman was born into slavery, but escaped and became a leading abolitionist prior to the American Civil War.

She went on to display immense bravery, going on numerous missions to lead an estimated 70 slaves to freedom along the Underground Railway. This was a secret network of safe houses to facilitate fleeing slaves.

During the Civil War, Tubman worked as a cook, a nurse, a spy, and became the first woman during the war to lead an armed expedition, which freed over 700 slaves. After the war, she established a Home for the Aged.

In honor of her remarkable life, an online poll in 2016 led to the U.S. Treasury Department announcing that Tubman would be the new face on the front of the $20 bill.

J. P. Morgan


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17 April 1837 – 31 March 1913 (Aged 75)

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. Died in Rome, Italy.

Morgan was a famous American banker, who played key roles in the formation of General Electric, the United States Steel Corporation, and AT&T.

At the age of 75, he died in his sleep while in Rome, Italy, leaving his fortune and business to his son.

Menelik II

(Ethiopian Emperor)

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17 August 1844 – 12 December 1913 (Aged 69)

Born in Ankober, Shewa, Ethiopia. Died in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Menelik was an Ethiopian emperor and king of Shewa, remembered as one of the country’s greatest rulers.

Menelik II expanded and modernized the country, while he was also renowned for his selfless deeds to the poor.

Francisco Madero

(Mexican President)

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30 October 1873 – 22 February 1913 (Aged 39)

Born in Parras, Coahuila, Mexico. Died in Mexico City, Mexico.

Madero was a Mexican politician, who became President in 1911. However, he would be assassinated after only 2 years in office.

He is remembered as being instrumental in setting the Mexican Revolution into motion.