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Which prizes were awarded to George Bernard Shaw?
Oscar and Nobel Prize. He was the first person to be awarded both Nobel Prize and Oscar. He got the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. Despite his disdain for Hollywood, Shaw also won the Academy Award for best written screenplay in 1938.
How did Vincent van Gogh die?
He shot himself. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, Vincent van Gogh died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound, generally accepted to be self-inflicted (although no gun was ever found).
In what field did Winston Churchill win the Nobel Prize?
Literature. Winston Churchill was a prolific writer. Churchill received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1953 for his numerous published works, especially his six-volume work The Second World War.
Which famous astronomer was also a successful sportsman?
Edwin Hubble. In his younger days he was noted more for his athletic prowess than his intellectual abilities. He won seven first places in a single high school track and field meet in 1906. He also set the state high school record for the high jump in Illinois, and practiced amateur boxing.
The French Open tennis tournament is named after aviator Roland-Garros. What did he do?
He flew across the Mediterranean Sea. Roland Garros gained fame for making the flight from Fréjus in France to Bizerte in Tunisia. The following year, Garros joined the French army at the outbreak of World War I. Garros is sometimes erroneously called the world's first fighter ace. In fact, he shot down only four aircraft; the definition of "ace" is five or more victories.
Gordon Bennett Cup is the most prestigious trophy in ballooning. Who was Gordon Bennett?
Newspaper publisher. James Gordon Bennett, Jr. (1841-1918) was publisher of the New York Herald. He sponsored many sport and exploration events, including the first tennis match in the United States and Henry Morton Stanley's trip to Africa to find David Livingstone. He established three Gordon Bennett Cups: for international yachting, for automobile races and for ballooning. The last one continues to this day.
Who is that man with severe scars on his head?
Niki Lauda, Formula One driver. Lauda suffered extensive scarring form the burns to his head during the accident at 1976 German Grand Prix at the Nürburgring - since then, he always wore a cap. A week before the race, Lauda urged his fellow drivers to boycott it because of the poor safety arrangements. Most of the other drivers voted against the boycott and the race went ahead.
What did Niki Lauda do after the end of a career in F-1?
He ran his own airline. Lauda Air Luftfahrt GmbH, branded as Lauda Air, was an Austrian charter airline based in Vienna, which was founded by Niki Lauda. In 1999 he sold his shares and the company merged with Austrian Airlines. At the end of 2003 he launched a second, competitive airline Niki.