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Each month, Teach Middle East Magazine takes a look at a few unforgettable events and that took place many years ago. The feature also highlights key historical figures, who have in some way made an impact on the world.

We also share with you some memorable quotes that these people made.

Have a look.

On February 3, 1870, the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution was ratified, guaranteeing the right of citizens to vote, regardless of race, colour, or previous condition of servitude.


“The day may be approaching when the whole world will recognise woman as the equal of man.” – Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony was born on February 15, 1820 in Adams, Massachusetts. A pioneer in women’s rights, she worked tirelessly for woman’s suffrage (right to vote). She was arrested in 1872 after voting (illegally) in the presidential election. She was commemorated in 1979 with the Susan B. Anthony dollar coin, making her the first American woman to have her image on a U.S. coin.


“The idea of winning a doctor’s degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.” – Elizabeth Blackwell

Elizabeth Blackwell was born on February 3, 1821 near Bristol, England. She was the first woman to graduate from medical school, and is considered a pioneer in promoting the education of women in medicine in the United States.


“A system of education is not one thing, nor does it have a single de nite object, nor is it a mere matter of schools. Education is that whole system of human training within and without the school house walls, which molds and develops men.” – W. E. B. Du Bois 

On February 23, 1868, African American educator and leader W.E.B. Du Bois was born in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Du Bois was one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Coloured People (NAACP) in 1909.


“The highest of distinctions is service to others.” – King George V1.

King George V1 died on February 6, 1952. His daughter, Princess Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Her actual coronation took place on June 2, 1953.


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X

On February 21, 1965, former Muslim leader Malcolm x (1925-1965) was shot and killed while delivering a speech in a ballroom in New York City.

*Sources: Wikipedia & The History Place