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Revolutionary Women

March 5, 2021, marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Polish-born revolutionary Rosa Luxemburg.
Who was Rosa Luxemburg?
She cofounded the Spartacus League and opposed Germany’s involvement in World War I.
How did that work out?
Luxemburg and fellow socialist revolutionary Karl Liebknecht were murdered by a right-wing paramilitary group in 1919.
Opposing the war (from the other side)
Rep. Jeannette Rankin scuttled her political career not once, but twice, with votes against American involvement in both world wars.
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Renaissance Man

The Renaissance artist Michelangelo was born on March 6, 1475, in the Republic of Florence. He was celebrated throughout his life, first gaining notice in his 20s for his sculptures of the Pietà (1499) and David (1501). He cemented his fame with the ceiling frescoes of the Sistine Chapel (1508–12). Michelangelo’s talent to turn marble into believable flesh, to convey psychological tension, and to thoughtfully consider space, light, and shadow continues to be recognized, and he remains one of the world’s most famed artists.
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