Bill Clinton

Spiro Agnew

Spiro Theodore Anagnostopoulos

Born: 1918

39th Vice-President of the United States. Resigned when he was fined for income tax evasion.

David Ben-Gurion

David Green
1886 - 1973

Polish born Israeli prime minister.

Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleann Buonaparte
Born: 15 August 1769
Ajaccio, Corsica
Died: 5 May 1821

Crowned himself as Emperor of France. It is reported that he died from either stomach cancer, or from arsenic poisoning.

Willy Brandt

Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm
1913 - 1992

West German statesman and chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany (1969-74). He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1971.

Jimmy Carter

James Earl Carter
Born: 1 October 1924

The peanut farmer who became a Senator, Govenor, 39th President of the United States of America and Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Chiang Kai-shek

Chaing Chung-cheng
Born: 1887

Military leader and 1st President of Republic of China (1928-31) and again in 1948 until the overthrow by Mao Zedong in 1949.

Ho Chi Minh

Nguyen Sinh Cung
Born: 19 May 1890
Vietnam, French Indochina
Died: 2 September 1969

Also called Nguyen Tat Thanh or Nguyen Ai Quoc, founder of the Indochina Communist Party (1930). President of North Vietnam from 1945 - 1969, one of the most influential communist leaders of the 20th century.

Bill Clinton

William Jefferson Blythe
Born: 19 August 1946
Hope, Arkansas

42nd President of the USA and Govenor of Arkansas. Named after his father who was killed in a car accident 3 months before his birth. He later took his stepfather's name of Clinton. Will be best remembered not for his political achievements, but his marital indiscretions.

Amor de Cosmos

William Alexander Smith
Born: 20 August 1825
Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: 4 July 1897

His name translated means "Lover of the Universe". Became the second premier of BC in 1872, serving until 1874. He died in poverty in 1897.

Emperor Haile Sellassie

Ras Taf(f)ari Makonnen
Born: 23 July 1892
Harrar, Ethiopia

Officially known as Emperor Hailie Selassie (Power of the Trinity) King of Kings, Lord of Lords, Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, he abolished the slave trade in Ethiopia. His birth name has led to the saying "Rastafarian".

Gerald Ford

Leslie Lynch King Jr
Born: 14 July 1913
Omaha, Nebraska

38th President of the United States of America. (1974-1977). Appointed to the Vice-Presidency after Spiro Agnew had been forced to resign. Ford is famous for granting Richard Nixon a full pardon of any crimes.

Che Guevara

Ernesto Guevara
Born: 14 June 1928
Rosario, Argentina
Died: 9 October 1967 (shot)

Revolutionary/author. Best known as Latin American Marxist revolutionary.

Ulysses S Grant

Hiram Ulysses Grant
Born: 27 April 1822
Point Pleasant, Ohio
Died: 23 July 1885 (throat cancer)

18th President of the United States of America.

Tenzin Gyatso

(The Dalai Lama)

Lhama Thondup or Llama Dhondrub
Born: 6 July 1935
Takser, China

Spiritual and political leader of Tibet. Lhamo Dhondrub was, as Dalai Lama, renamed "Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso - Holy Lord, Gentle Glory, Compassionate, Defender of the Faith, Ocean of Wisdom."

He officially goes by the name of Tenzin Gyatso, which is the name under which he accepted the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

Gary Hart

Gary Hartpence
Born: 1948
Nebraska, USA

Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart 1984 Democratic Presidential candidate U.S. Senator from Colorado 1974-1986
Campaign Manager--George McGovern for President (1972)

Vladimir Ilich Lenin

Vladimir Ilich Ulyanov
Born: 10 April 1870
Simbirsk, Russia
Died: 21 January 1924

Founder of the Russian Communist Party, inspirer and leader of the Bolshevik Revolution (1917).

Malcolm X

Malcolm Little
Born: 19 May 1925
Omaha Nebraska
Died: 21 February 1965 (assasinated)

Political/Religious Leader. A leader of the 1960s black power movement. Following a 1964 pilgrimage to Mecca, Malcolm X converted to orthodox Islam, took the name "El-Shabazz Hajj Malik Shabazz" until his death once he converted to "orthodox" Islam, and broke with the Black Muslims who purportedly assassinated him in Harlem in 1965.

Nelson Mandela

Rolihlahla Mandela
Born: 18 July 1918
Qunu, Near Umtata, Transkei, South Africa

Given the name Nelson on his first day of school by his teacher. This was the custom among Africans in those days.

Golda Meir

Golda Mabovitz
1898 - 1978
Kiev, Ukraine

Prime Minister of Israel from 1969 - 1974. Her name change came about when she took her husband's name when she married. His original name was Myerson, and they both Hebraicised it to Meir.

Edward R. Murrow

Egbert Roscoe Murrow
Born: 25 April 1908
North Carolina, US
Died: 27 April 1965

Broadcast journalist.

Nicholas II

Nikolai Aleksandrovich
Born: 6 May 1868
Tasarskoye Selo (now Pushkin), Russia
Died: 16 July 1918 (executed)

The Last Emperor of Russia. He and his entire family were executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918, the last of the royal Holstein-Gottorp-Romanov line.

Shimon Peres

Shimon Persky

Prime Minister of Israel twice from 1984-1986 and then again in 1995 after the assasination of then Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. Shimon Peres changed his name after the Israel war of independence when a whole group of leaders replaced their legal names by their underground code names. ("peres", by the way, means "vulture").

Among them were also former foreign minister Yigal Alon (born Pikovich) and former Chief of Staff and noted archeologist Yigael Yadin (born Sukeinik).

Yizhak Shamir

Yizhak Jazernicki
Born: 1915
Ruzinoy, Poland

Prime Minister of Israel (1983 - 1984 and 1986 - 1992). Shamir is the Hebrew name for thistle and flint.

Joseph Stalin

Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvilli
Born: 21 December 1879
Georgia, Russia
Died: 5 March 1953

Ruled the Soviet Union and transformed it into a major world power. Took the name of "Stalin" because of its meaning of "Steel".

Leon Trotsky

Lev Davidovich Bronshtein
Born: 7 November 1879
Yanovka, Ukraine, Russia
Died: 20 August 1940

Communist theorist and agitator, leader in Russia's October Revolution in 1917.

Isoroku Yamamoto

Isoroku Sadayoshi
Born: 4 August 1884
Nagaoka, Japan
Died: 18 April 1943 (shot down by US forces)

Admiral. Best known as Japanese Admiral who planned the attack on Pearl Harbour. The US decoded a Japanese message that included Yamamoto's itinerary, his plane was ambushed and shot down.