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LeBron James Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of basketball player LeBron James.

Personal

Birth date: December 30, 1984

Birth place: Akron, Ohio

Birth name: LeBron Raymone James

Father: Anthony McClelland

Mother: Gloria James

Marriage: Savannah (Brinson) James (September 2013-present)

Children: Zhuri Nova, Bryce Maximus and LeBron Jr.

Other Facts

James also played football in high school.

Runs a non-profit organization called The LeBron James Family Foundation, which helps children in his hometown area.

Co-founder of production company SpringHill Entertainment.

Has been named the NBA’s Most Valuable Player four times (2009, 2010, 2012, 2013).

Has been to the NBA All-Star Game every year since 2005.

Named the NBA Finals MVP four times (2012, 2013, 2016, 2020).

Is nicknamed “King James.”

Is the youngest player in NBA history to reach 30,000 career points.

Has played for the US national team in the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics. They won gold in 2008 and 2012.

Owned a very small stake in Beats Electronics, which was sold to Apple, Inc. for $3 billion in June 2014, reportedly netting him around $30 million in cash and stocks.

James and a host of other Black athletes and artists founded the political organization More Than A Vote in the run-up to the 2020 election, providing James and others with a vehicle to help register Black voters and turn them out in the November election.

Timeline

2000 – Helps lead high school team to the state championship. They won the championship three of the four seasons he played.

February 18, 2002 – James is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated with the words, “The Chosen One.”

June 26, 2003 – Is chosen No. 1 overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA draft.

2004 – Earns the Eddie Gottlieb Trophy as NBA Rookie of the Year.

August 2004 – Makes his first Olympics appearance for the US national team.

November 27, 2004 – Becomes the youngest NBA player to score 2,000 points in their career.

February 8, 2005 – Is named a starter for the NBA’s Eastern Conference All-Star Team.

February 19, 2006 – Is named to the All-Star Team again and becomes the youngest MVP of the game.

July 10, 2010 – Announces he is leaving the Cavaliers to become part of the Miami Heat.

June 21, 2012 – The Miami Heat win the NBA Finals, marking James’ first championship.

January 16, 2013 – Becomes the youngest NBA player to score 20,000 points.

June 24, 2014 – Chooses to become a free agent.

July 11, 2014 – James tells Sports Illustrated that he’ll leave the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

December 7, 2015 – Nike confirms that it has signed a lifetime deal with James.

June 19, 2016 – The Cleveland Cavaliers defeat the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in a deciding Game 7 to win the NBA Championship. James is unanimously named the Finals MVP; his performance helps the Cavaliers capture the first major sports championship that a Cleveland team has won since 1964.

May 25, 2017 – James passes Michael Jordan as the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring leader with 5,995 points. Jordan’s record of 5,987 held for 20 years.

May 31, 2017 – Police tell CNN that a racist slur was spray-painted on the front gate of James’ Los Angeles home. At a press conference in Oakland, California, James comments on the state of race relations in the United States. “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough.”

January 23, 2018 – Becomes the seventh, and youngest, player in NBA history to score 30,000 points. The only other players who have eclipsed 30,000 points are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Kobe Bryant, Wilt Chamberlain, Jordan and Dirk Nowitzki.

June 29, 2018 – James decides not to pick up his option for next season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and will become an unrestricted free agent, according to multiple reports.

July 1, 2018 – James, now a free agent, agrees to a four-year, $154M contract to join the Los Angeles Lakers, according to a press release from his agency.

July 30, 2018 – James’ foundation teams with the Akron Public Schools system to open a school that supports at-risk children. Third and fourth graders will make up the inaugural class at the I Promise School, with plans to expand to first through eighth grade by 2022.

November 4, 2019 – James announces that a historic apartment building in Akron, Ohio, is being renovated and turned into transitional housing for families in need at his I Promise School, so students have a stable place to live while they get their education.

May 2020 – Ranked No. 5 on Forbes’ annual list of the World’s Highest-Paid Athletes, with estimated earnings of $88.2 million.

August 11, 2020 – “I Promise,” a children’s book written by James, is published.

October 11, 2020 – After the Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Miami Heat, James becomes the first player in NBA history to be named NBA Finals MVP with three different teams.

March 16, 2021 – It is announced that Fenway Sports Group, which owns the Boston Red Sox, has added James as a partner. It becomes official on March 31.

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George Lucas Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of filmmaker George Lucas.

Personal:

Birth date: May 14, 1944

Birth place: Modesto, California

Birth name: George Walton Lucas Jr.

Father: George Lucas Sr., office supply store owner

Mother: Dorothy (Bomberger) Lucas

Marriages: Mellody Hobson (2013-present); Marcia Griffin (1969-1983, divorced)

Children: with Mellody Hobson: Everest (daughter), 2013; adopted as a single father: Jett, 1993, Katherine, 1988; adopted with Marcia Griffin: Amanda, 1981

Education: Modesto Junior College, A.A., 1964; University of Southern California, B.F.A., 1966

Other Facts:

Originally wanted to be a race car driver, but changed his mind after a near fatal car accident.

Teamed with Steven Spielberg to make the “Indiana Jones” series of movies.

Founder of the George Lucas Educational Foundation, which promotes innovation in education.

Won two Daytime Emmy Awards.

Nominated for four Academy Awards. Received the honorary Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1992.

Timeline:

1967 – Gets an internship at Warner Brothers.

1968 – His short film “Electronic Labyrinth: THX-1138:4EB” wins the best film award at the National Student Film Festival.

1968 – Works as Francis Ford Coppola’s assistant during the filming of “The Rain People.”

1971- Forms Lucasfilm.

1973 – The film “American Graffiti,” co-written and directed by Lucas, is released. It is nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

1975 – Founds Industrial Light and Magic, a division of Lucasfilm, to create the special effects for “Star Wars.” Industrial Light and Magic becomes a leader in the special effects field, working on many films including, “The Abyss,” “Jurassic Park,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest,” and “Iron Man.”

1977 – “Star Wars,” written and directed by Lucas, is released. It wins seven Oscars. The title is changed to “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope” when it is re-released in 1981.

1980 – “Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back” released.

1983 – “Star Wars: Episode VI – The Return of the Jedi” is released.

March 30, 1992 – Is presented with the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at 64th Academy Awards.

1999 – “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace” is released.

2002 – “Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones” is released.

2005 – “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” is released.

2008 – “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” an animated film based on the Star Wars films, is released. Also, the television series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” premieres on Cartoon Network.

2010 – Signs the Giving Pledge, promising to give half his fortune to charity.

2012 – Sells Lucasfilm to Walt Disney for $4 billion.

January 25, 2013 – Walt Disney Studios announces that J.J. Abrams will direct the next “Star Wars” movie installment.

July 10, 2013 – Is awarded the National Medal of Arts by US President Barack Obama.

June 2013 – Wins a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

June 2014 – Wins a Daytime Emmy award for Outstanding Special Class Animated Program for “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

June 24, 2014 – It is announced that Chicago has won the bid to build the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art.

December 6, 2015 – Is a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.

June 24, 2016 – The Lucas Museum of Narrative Art issues an announcement that it is withdrawing from its original location in Chicago amid delays. The executive leadership confirms that the museum will be built in California instead.

January 10, 2017 – The Board of Directors for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art announces plans to build the museum in South Los Angeles. The museum will include a wide array of educational, artistic and cultural experiences and amenities.

March 14, 2018 – Construction on the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art breaks ground in Los Angeles.

March 31, 2021 – In a press release, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art notes that the museum will open in 2023. Before the coronavirus pandemic, it had been scheduled to open in 2021.

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Sergey Brin Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

Personal:

Birth date: August 21 1973

Birth place: Moscow Soviet Union (now Russia)

Birth name: Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin

Father: Michael Brin mathematician and economist

Mother: Eugenia Brin NASA scientist

Marriage: Anne Wojcicki (2007-2015 divorced)

Children: Chloe Benji

Education: University of Maryland at College Park B.S. 1993; Stanford University M.S. 1995

Other Facts:

Runs the Brin Wojcicki Foundation with former wife Anne Wojcicki.

Has donated over $100 million to research for Parkinson’s a degenerative neurological disorder. Brin’s mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s and Brin has a 50-50 chance of developing the disorder.

Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe a genetic testing company.

Timeline

1979 – Brin and his family emigrate from the Soviet Union to the United States.

1995 – Meets Larry Page at Stanford University.

September 4 1998 – Co-founds Google with Page.

2001 – Becomes Google’s president of technology.

2011 – Becomes director of special projects.

August 10 2015 – Google announces a corporate restructuring forming an umbrella company called Alphabet and naming a new CEO to the core business of Google. Brin will serve as president of Alphabet while Page will serve as CEO.

December 3 2019 – Alphabet announces that Brin and Page are stepping down as president and CEO respectively. Both will continue to serve on the company’s board of directors. Sundar Pichai the current CEO of Google and a longtime executive at the company will take over as CEO of Alphabet in addition to his current role.

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Apple Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at Apple, Inc, creator of the Mac computer and the iPhone.

Facts

The corporate headquarters are in Cupertino, California.

As of September 2020, the company reported that it employs approximately 147,000 people full-time.

Timeline

April 1, 1976 – Apple Computers, Inc. is founded by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak. Their first product is the Apple I personal computer.

June 1977 – The Apple II is released.

December 1980 – Apple conducts an initial public offering of 4.6 million shares at $22 per share.

January 1983 – Apple introduces the Lisa, a new brand of personal computer.

January 22, 1984 – The Macintosh computer is introduced with a futuristic commercial that airs during the Super Bowl.

1985 – Apple discontinues the Lisa after a disappointing run, and Jobs leaves the company.

December 1996 – Apple buys Jobs’ company, NeXT Software.

1997 – In the wake of corporate shakeups and a sales slump, Apple welcomes Jobs back as interim CEO.

August 15, 1998 – The iMac, a streamlined personal computer, debuts.

January 2000 – Jobs becomes permanent CEO.

January 9, 2001 – iTunes is introduced.

October 23, 2001 – The iPod MP3 player makes its debut.

January 2003 – Apple releases the Safari web browser.

April 28, 2003 – Apple introduces the iTunes Music Store.

January 2006 – Apple rolls out its first Intel-based computers, the iMac and the MacBook Pro.

January 9, 2007 – The iPhone is unveiled.

March 2007 – Apple TV hits stores.

January 27, 2010 – The iPad is announced.

June 6, 2011 – Apple announces iCloud, an online media storage system.

August 24, 2011 – Jobs resigns as CEO. Tim Cook takes his place.

October 5, 2011 – Jobs dies after battling cancer.

February 6, 2013 – Apple announces that iTunes has reached a milestone of 25 billion songs sold.

May 28, 2014 – Apple announces deal to buy Beats for $3 billion.

June 9, 2014 – Apple conducts a stock split, bringing the price down from $647.50 to $92.44.

September 9, 2014 – Apple unveils the Apple Watch, a wearable device.

December 16, 2014 – Apple wins an antitrust lawsuit brought by eight million iPod owners who alleged that Apple abused its monopoly power in the music industry to force out competition.

June 8, 2015 – Apple unveils Apple Music, a streaming music service, live radio station and social network.

February 3, 2016 – A jury orders Apple to pay $626 million in damages after finding that iMessage, FaceTime and other Apple software infringed on another company’s patents. The lawsuit, originally filed in 2010 by the company VirnetX, accuses Apple of violating four patents, which mostly involve methods for real-time communications over the Internet.

February 16, 2016 – Apple refuses to comply with a California judge’s order to assist the FBI in hacking the iPhone of the San Bernardino gunman. A public letter signed by Cook states why the company is refusing to abide by the government’s demands.

March 28, 2016 – The Department of Justice says the FBI has “successfully retrieved the data stored on the San Bernardino terrorist’s iPhone,” and is dropping the case against Apple, since it no longer needs the company’s help.

August 30, 2016 – The European Union rules that Apple must pay Ireland $14.5 billion in back taxes. According to the EU, Ireland had been giving the tech company a break on taxes for more than two decades. Ireland’s finance minister issues a statement criticizing the EU’s ruling and declares that the country does not play favorites with a lower tax rate for certain companies. In a letter, Cook says he anticipates the EU’s tax ruling will be reversed on appeal.

September 12, 2017 – Apple unveils the iPhone X, alongside the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus — all of which support wireless charging. The iPhone X will also feature facial detection technology, no home button, a 3D camera and an edge-to-edge screen.

December 21, 2017 – Apple issues a statement saying that it has used software updates to limit the performance of older iPhones that may have battery issues that would cause them to turn off suddenly.

December 28, 2017 – Apple apologizes to customers for how it rolled out an update that can slow down older iPhones. It is offering cheaper battery replacements to make up for it.

June 15, 2018 – Oprah Winfrey signs a multiyear deal with Apple to create new original programming.

August 2, 2018 – Apple becomes the first American public company to surpass $1 trillion in value.

October 10, 2019 – In a memo to employees, Cook defends Apple’s decision to pull a map app that Hong Kong protesters used to track police, saying that it had been used in ways that “endanger law enforcement and residents in Hong Kong.”

November 1, 2019 – Apple TV+, a subscription streaming service containing original programming, launches.

November 4, 2019 – Apple announces a $2.5 billion financial package to help address the housing crisis in California, which has worsened in part because of the rapid growth of tech companies.

July 29, 2020 – Cook, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, CEO of Google‘s parent company Sundar Pichai and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg all testify before a House subcommittee on anti-trust to address concerns that their businesses may be harming competition.

November 18, 2020 – Apple agrees to pay $113 million to settle an investigation by states including California and Arizona over how Apple wasn’t transparent about its iPhone battery problems that led to unexpected device shutdowns.

January 9, 2021 – Apple removes the right-wing social media platform Parler from its app store, saying Parler posts include numerous “direct threats of violence and calls to incite lawless action.”