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Hegel was a German theological philosopher, one of the creators of German Idealism, whose ideas… [More] revolutionized European philosophy and served as precursors to Continental philosophy and Marxism. He developed a comprehensive philosophical framework or system of Absolute idealism to account in an integrated and developmental way for the relation of mind and nature, the subject and object of knowledge, psychology, the state, history, art, religion and philosophy. He also wrote about the Jewish question — as did Marx (whom he had a great influence on). [Less]
1908: Lyndon B. Johnson
LBJ, a Texas Democrat, was the 36th President of the United States (1963–1969), a position he assumed… [More] after serving as the 37th Vice President of the United States (1961–1963) under JFK. He is one of only four people who served in all four elected federal offices of the US: Representative, Senator, Vice President, and President. He was responsible for designing the “Great Society” legislation that included laws that upheld civil rights, public broadcasting, Medicare, Medicaid, environmental protection, aid to education, and his “War on Poverty” — but he is also associated with American involvement and subsequent escalation in the Vietnam War. [Less]
1929: Ira Levin
Levin was an a Jewish-American author, dramatist and songwriter. Levin’s best-known novel is… [More] “Rosemary’s Baby,” a horror story of modern day Satanism and other occultisms, set in Manhattan’s Upper West Side. In 1968, it was made into a film starring Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes. Stephen King and Chuck Palahniuk described him as a master of the suspense novel. [Less]