Henry Kissinger who served as United States Secretary of State has turned 100!
Happy 100th birthday, Henry Kissinger!
He is a rare case of a centenarian who is really famous as opposed to only notable.
Henry Kissinger turned 100 on the same day that Juan Vicente Perez Mora turned 114.
Fantastic news here as well, around 27 May 2023.
Happy 100th birthday to Henry Kissinger.
An evil man who should not be celebrated at all.
Longevity =/= good person.
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@ollie I was thinking the exact same thing but wasn’t sure whether it was appropriate or not to say it. Kissinger has brought a lot of suffering to people in parts of the world.
I’m not necessarily here to support him, but it can be difficult to judge someone from a different time.
The American/Vietnam and Cambodia wars were largely about trying to stop the spread of communism - which was seen as a threat back then.
He definitely won the Nobel Peace prize, I think in circa 1973. As for the Khmer Rouge etc, I don’t believe people realistically expected this type of outcome.
So a mixed legacy perhaps.
@chrisr "stopping communism". It was about the US wanting to have control over the people in these countries and doing everything within their power to stop socialism and democracy.
With the greatest of respect J and having been around at the time, I’m going to disagree with you.
Not because I’m pro American or anything like that, but I do remember many of the issues at that time.
Now enjoy your day.
See for example how the US acted in Central America, in what way was this about stopping communism? They had a monopoly on the export of goods such as coffee and bananas and by controlling the population and keeping it uneducated they could maintain their influence. Stopping communism was never the real reason.
Remarkable is that Kissinger´s father Louis, son of David Kissinger (1860-1947), died at 95 in 1982, his mother Paula neé Stern at almost 98 in 1998 and his brother Walter at 96 in 2021.
There are currently nine Nobel prize-winners aged 98 or more, out of a total of 20 throughout history.
He went to China in these days! He is still active...
Henry Kissinger passed away on November 29, 2023 at the age of 100.
Rest in Peace Henry Kissinger.
Certainly by the standards of today his reputation and legacy, may be viewed as different to the times in which he had power and influence.
Whilst those debates will probably not be resolved, he did serve his country for a long time and certainly achieved a long and eventful life.