- Born: Thomas Edward Lawrence at Tremadog, Caernarfonshire, North Wales August 16, 1888
- Death: Motorcycle accident [ref]Recently, evidence has surfaced that may disprove the accident theory. Had Lawrence lived, he may very well have been Prime Minister of the U.K. during the Second World War. Many have speculated that Lawrence may have been even more of an antagonist than Adolf Hitler.[/ref], May 19, 1935 at Bovington Camp, Dorset, England.
From aristicratic family lines, Lawrence was highly educated in multiple schools in Oxford. Being born into wealth, he traveled extensively through France and to the mid-east where he developed an interest in the culture. His fluency in several languages drew the interest of British military intelligence when World War I “The Great War” broke out. Lawrence continued making trips to the mid-east as an archeologist.
The story of Colonel T.E. Lawrence’s exploits during the Arab revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War is depicted in the 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia”. A reporter from the Chicago Tribune, Lowell Thomas, gave Lawrence’s International popularity a boost by centering his coverage on the revolt.