Monday, 10 October 2011

October 10, 150 years since Fridtjof Nansen was born

Thank you, Google for reminding me of Fridtjof Nansens 150 celebration.
On October 10th, 1861 Fridtjof Nansen was born. The Norwegian scientist was best known as an explorer. The Fram explorations etc.

But the most important was he work as a statesman for the independence of Norway and as a humanitarian for the many displaced persons after the First World War and the Russian Revolution. His work as High Commissioner for Refugees and the development of the Nansen Passport was important parts of his legacy.

Fridtjof Nansen may not have been the perfect husband etc, but by the time he died in 1930 he had changed the world to the better.

Viva Verdi! (Buon compleanno, maestro Verdi) Giuseppe Verdi, born October 10, 1813. Composer and humanitarian.

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