A biography, or simply bio, is a detailed description of a person's life. It involves more than just the basic facts like education, work, relationships, and death; it portrays a person's experience of these life events. Unlike a profile or curriculum vitae (résumé), a biography presents a subject's life story, highlighting various aspects of his or her life, including intimate details of experience, and may include an analysis of the subject's personality.
Biographical works are usually non-fiction, but fiction can also be used to portray a person's life. One in-depth form of biographical coverage is called legacy writing. Works in diverse media, from literature to film, form the genre known as biography.
An authorized biography is written with the permission, cooperation, and at times, participation of a subject or a subject's heirs. An autobiography is written by the person himself or herself, sometimes with the assistance of a collaborator or ghostwriter.
(1722–1803) was an American
statesman, politician, writer, and political philosopher
, and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States
. Adams was instrumental in garnering the support of the colonies in rebellion against Great Britain
, ultimately resulting in the American Revolution
. He was also one of the key architects of the principles of American republicanism
that shaped American political culture
. Adams organized protests against the British, including the Boston Tea Party
in 1773, and participated in the Continental Congress
. He also advocated for the adoption of the Declaration of Independence
at the Second Continental Congress
. Following the American Revolution, Adams helped draft the Articles of Confederation
. After the war ended, he ran for the House of Representatives
in the 1st United States Congressional
election, but was unsuccessful in his bid. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts
in 1789 and after John Hancock
's death in 1793, Adams served as the acting governor, until he was elected governor in January of the following year. He served in that position until June 1797 when he decided to retire from politics. (Read more...)
Joseph Smith, Jr. (December 23, 1805 – June 27, 1844) was an American religious leader and founder of Mormonism. When he was twenty-four, Smith published the Book of Mormon; by the time of his death, fourteen years later, he had attracted tens of thousands of followers and founded a religion and religious culture that continues to this day.
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On this day – July 16
- 1796 - Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot, French painter (d. 1875)
- 1821 - Mary Baker Eddy, American religious leader (d. 1910)
- 1872 - Roald Amundsen (pictured), Norwegian explorer (d. 1928)
- 1889 - Shoeless Joe Jackson, American baseball player (d. 1951)
- 1907 - Barbara Stanwyck, American actress (d. 1990)
- 1915 - Barnard Hughes, American actor (d. 2006)
- 1942 - Margaret Court, Australian tennis player
- 1963 - Fatboy Slim, English musician
- 1964 - Miguel Induráin, Spanish cyclist
- 1967 - Will Ferrell, American comedian
- 1971 - Corey Feldman, American actor
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"I bought some batteries, but they weren't included – so I had to buy them again."
— Steven Wright
From I Have a Pony, Warner Bros. Records CD (1985)