Thursday, June 19, 2008

June 19 Birthdays: Lou Gehrig and Aung San Suu Kyi

Lou Gehrig, athlete
June 19, 1903-June 2, 1941

Lou Gehrig: The Luckiest Man by David A. Adler, illustrated by Terry Widener (Gulliver Books, 1997)

A three-hankie story, Gehrig, the baseball great who suffered from ALS always looked on the bright side of life.

A biography, photos and more can be found at the Lou Gehrig Official Web Site.

Aung San Suu Kyi, political activist
June 19, 1945-

Amelia to Zora: Twenty-Six Women Who Changed the World by Cynthia Chin-Lee, illustrated by Megan Halsey and Sean Addy (Charlesbridge, 2005)

Nonviolent Burmese activist Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize and used the money to promote health and education in Burma.

A timeline of Aung San Suu Kyi’s life is available on the site.