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Birth of Thomas Paine - January 29
Thomas Paine was born on January 29, 1737 and died on June 8, 1809.
He was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Born in England, Paine emigrated to the British American colonies in 1774. His principal contributions were the powerful, widely-read pamphlet Common Sense (1776), advocating America's independence from Great Britain, and The American Crisis (1776–1783), a pro-revolutionary pamphlet series.
Later, Paine greatly influenced the French Revolution. He wrote the Rights of Man (1791), a guide to Enlightenment ideas. Despite not speaking French, he was elected to the French National Convention in 1792. In December of 1793, he was arrested and imprisoned in Paris, then released in 1794. He became notorious because of The Age of Reason (1793–94), his book advocating deism, promoting reason and freethinking, and arguing against institutionalized religion and Christian doctrines.

Did you know?Xiahou YuanNPC - Xiahou Yuan
Xiahou Yuan (? – 219) was a military general under the powerful warlord Cao Cao during the late Eastern Han Dynasty and Three Kingdoms era of China. Known for his decisiveness and cautiousness, Xiahou Yuan had emerged victorious in many campaigns and established a name for himself as one of the most prominent generals of the Kingdom of Wei.

Xiahou Yuan was killed in the Battle of Mount Dingjun against Liu Bei's general Huang Zhong in 219. He was given the posthumous title of Marquis Min (愍侯), literally meaning the sympathetic marquis.

Source: Wikipedia

Additionnal note: Xiahou Yuan also appears in many asian video games as Dynasty Warriors. He is always represented with a powerful spear or scimitar.