5 Kids Who Changed the World
By Tim Wee
December 11, 2013
Christmas is typically an important part of any kid’s life. The thrill of presents, the intoxicating fun of family parties and warm fuzzy parental love are integral to any child’s development. And likewise, children also play an important part in the Christmas proceedings. Now, what would the festive holidays be without the sound of innocent voices singing our beloved Christmas carols?
However, the importance of kids is not just limited to Christmas. As Grammy Award-winning musician George Benson once sung, “The children are our future”. Not only do they ensure our survival as a species, kids also possess the ability to mould the future as well!
Armed with child-like creativity curiosity, their brilliant young minds have either inspired people through their works and actions. By doing so, they have affected the world in their own individual way. The ramifications of their deeds still reverberate through time and can be felt today.
So, who are these little visionaries that have added that little bit of wow to our lives? Let us go back in time and pick out five kids who changed the world!
Joan of Arc
Fighting wars in both on and off screens, Joan of Arc
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Dramatised heavily in film, television and theatre, Joan of Arc is a French folk war heroine. Leading the French army to victory when she was just merely 17 years of age, she was born to a peasant family in north-east France.
Leading the line with her flag flying high
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Inspired by religious vision at the age of 12, Joan led the French to several important victories over the English. Described as a skilled tactician and successful strategist, her military contributions paved the way for Charles VII to become the King of France. Captured at the age of 19, she was burned at the stake by the English for heresy.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
The man with the musical touch, Mozart
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A name that needs no introduction, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a musical prodigy that composed over 600 pieces of work. Starting off on the clavier, Mozart was composing and performing in front of European royalty at the tender age of five.
Appointed as a court musician in Salzburg at 17, he spent his time exposing himself to different schools of musical thought. As such, his repertoire of works ranges from symphonies, concertos and operas. Despite his fame, Mozart had little financial security throughout his life.
The young author and her literary work
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The public face of World War II, Anne Frank was the 15 year old author of the influential book The Diary of a Young Girl. As a Jewish victim of the Holocaust, she chronicled her experience in the Nazi concentration camp in Netherlands.
Anne and her inspiring words
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Frank’s words of hope and courage have since become a universal tale of unbridled bravery. Her insightful prose demonstrates a maturity well beyond her age. Unfortunately, Frank died in March 1945 of typhus while being imprisoned.
The King of Pop when he was just a prince
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Heralded as the King of Pop, American singer-songwriter Michael Jackson is a recognisable household name worldwide. Performing at the tender age of six, Jackson joined his brothers in the band The Jackson 5. By the time he was eight, the young musician was promoted to lead vocals. The band had a slew of hits like Can You Feel It, Rockin’ Robin and ABC.
All grown up and going solo!
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Embarking on solo career at 21, Jackson’s solo album Off the Wall was the first to generate four US Top 10 hits. The rest they say is history. The Grammy Award-winning artist subsequently went on to give us hits such as Thriller, Black or White, Beat It and Billie Jean!
Beiber fever is all the rage
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Love him or hate him, it is still an obsession. Teenage Youtube star Justin Beiber was just 14 years old when he was discovered by manager Scooter Braun. Since his 2008 debut, the young singing star has been making musical history. His debut album My World 2.0, was number one in several countries and was certified platinum in the US.
No more baby faced Beiber, but still punching a musical punch
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Beiber’s popularity seems to know no bounds as he starred in the 3D biopic-concert film Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Named by Forbes magazine as third-most powerful celebrity in the world, the teenage heart throb has sold over 15 million albums. Beiber made an estimated US$55 million dollar in the past 12 month!
Here at SAFRA, we know the important role children have in the world. Therefore, we are doing our part this Christmas to help underprivileged kids. Teaming up with Community Chest and SAF Care Fund, the SAFRA Building Bonds Project is a simple way for you to help special needs children and youths who are at risk. Support the good cause by coming down to SAFRA Mount Faber clubhouse and buy a pack of LEGO bricks.
Each purchased LEGO brick will be pieced into a community mural. At the end of it all, the LEGO bricks will be given to the kids as presents!
Click here to learn more!