33 thoughts on “Who Am I – H?”

  1. Tocino

    10. Hirohito (19011981), the Showa Emperor, reigned over Japan from 1926 to 1989. He was known in the West by his given name Hirohito (he had no surname). He was the 124th Emperor of Japan. His reign was the longest of all Japanese emperors, and oversaw the greatest changes to Japanese society.

    3. No!

    9. Adolf Hitler (1889-1945) was born at the Gasthof zum Pommer, an inn in Braunau am Inn, Austria–Hungary, the fourth of Alois and Klara Hitler’s six children. It is impossible for me to write a ‘potted’ history of this man… besides which everyone knows about him anyway. I thought it useful to remember that he once was a baby, like everyone else.

  2. That’s my lot for now. I will it for others to enjoy as much as I do. Cheers Boa.

  3. HMB
    6. John Harrison (1693-1776) was working class joiner from Lincolnshire with little formal education and a clockmaker. In 1714, the British Government offered, by Act of Parliament, £20,000 for a solution which could provide longitude to within half-a-degree (2 minutes of time). John Harrison took on the scientific and academic establishment of his time and designed and built the world’s first successful chronometer (maritime clock), one whose accuracy was great enough to allow the determination of longitude over long distances.
    His work was put on trial by King George III himself in 1772, and performed superbly. The Board of Longitude, however, refused to recognise the results of this trial, so John petitioned Parliament. They were finally awarded £8,750 by Act of Parliament in June 1773. Perhaps more importantly, John Harrison was finally recognised as having solved the longitude problem.

    1. Hatshepsut (1508-1458 BC) , meaning Foremost of Noble Ladies, was the fifth pharaoh of the eighteenth dynasty of Ancient Egypt. She is generally regarded by Egyptologists as one of the most successful pharaohs, reigning longer than any other woman of an indigenous Egyptian dynasty. Although poor, records of her reign are documented in diverse ancient sources. Hatshepsut was described by early modern scholars as only having served as a co-regent from about 1479 to 1458 BC, during years seven to twenty-one of the reign previously identified as that of Thutmose III. Today it is generally recognized that Hatshepsut assumed the position of pharaoh and the length of her reign usually is given as twenty-two years, since she was assigned a reign of twenty-one years and nine months by the third-century BC historian, Manetho, who had access to many records that now are lost. Her death is known to have occurred in 1458 BC, which implies that she became pharaoh circa 1479 BC.

  4. Sheona
    8. In the autumn of 1917, a French military court sentenced the Dutch dancer known as Mata Hari (1876-1917) to death. Charged with spying for the German Reich, she was executed on October 15, in Vincennes. Was she guilty or not? While that question has dominated traditional historical debate, it seems less significant than the fact that the cultural image-makers, catering to male fantasies, turned Mata Hari into a legendary figure that fulfilled the stereotype of woman as evil temptress.

  5. Soutie

    2. No one is exactly sure who Homer was. Theories abound, and some even think he never existed. Regardless, he is traditionally recognized as the original creator of two epic poems, the Iliad and the Odyssey. Living sometime in the second half of the 8th century B.C., Homer was probably a minstrel. His two works were probably handed down orally for centuries before they were actually put down on paper, which means the versions we have today may or may not be close to the original.

    Definitely NOT Homer Simpson!!

  6. Sheona
    5. Edmund Halley (1656-1742), astronomer, is remembered because his name is attached to a comet. Leaving Queen’s College, Oxford, without a degree in 1676, he went to St Helena to map the southern stars. After a famous meeting with Wren and Hooke, he visited Newton in Cambridge, and hearing about his work on gravitation, they persuaded Halley to publish it. In 1703 he became professor of astronomy at Oxford, and in 1720 astronomer-royal. He computed the orbits of several comets, and deduced that those of 1456, 1531, 1607, and 1682 were periodic returns of the same body.

  7. Tocino

    Apologies – missed that!

    3. Hannibal (248-183 BC) was a Carthaginian military commander and tactician who is popularly credited as one of the most talented commanders in history. His father Hamilcar Barca was the leading Carthaginian commander during the First Punic War. Hannibal lived during a period of tension in the Mediterranean, when Rome (then the Roman Republic) established its supremacy over other great powers such as Carthage, and the Hellenistic kingdoms of Macedon, Syracuse, and the Seleucid empire. One of his most famous achievements was at the outbreak of the Second Punic War, when he marched an army, which included war elephants, from Iberia over the Pyrenees and the Alps into northern Italy. In his first few years in Italy, he won three dramatic victories, Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae, and won over several Roman allies. Hannibal occupied much of Italy for 15 years, however a Roman counter-invasion of North Africa forced Hannibal to return to Carthage, where he was decisively defeated by Scipio Africanus at the Battle of Zama. Scipio studied Hannibal’s tactics and brilliantly devised some of his own, and finally defeated Rome’s nemesis at Zama having previously driven Hasdrubal, Hannibal’s brother, out of Spain.

  8. It could almost be an older version of The laughing Caviller as painted by Frans Hals.

  9. Araminta
    4. Decades after completing his traditional education as a classicist at Oxford and serving as tutor of William Cavendish, Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679) became convinced that the methods employed by mathematicians and scientists, geometry, in particular, hold the greatest promise for advances in human knowledge. Voluntarily exiled to Holland during the years of Parliamentary Rule, the royalist Hobbes devoted much of his time to the development and expression of a comprehensive philosophical vision of the mechanistic operation of nature. Although he returned to England with the restoration of Charles II, Hobbes was for the remainder of his life embroiled in bitter political and religious controversies. They did not prevent the ninety-year-old Hobbes from completing his English translation of the works of Homer.

  10. Araminta

    7. Victor-Marie Hugo (1802-1885) , novelist, poet, and dramatist, is one of the most important of French Romantic writers. Among his best-known works are The Hunchback of Notre Dame and Les Misrables
    Victor Hugo was born in Besanon as the son of a army general, who taught young Victor to admire Napoleon. After the separation of his parents, he was raised and educated in Paris by his mother, where the family settled when Hugo was two. In early adolescence he began to write verse tragedies and poetry, and translated Virgil. Hugo’s first collection of poems gained him a royal pension from Louis XVIII.

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