He specialised in the inter-relationships between globalisation and representational politics. He died in a accident in Thailand on 3 December 2011. Alamgir held a Ph. D. from Brown University and he was a tenured faculty at University of Massachusetts-Boston, holding the position of associate professor of political science. He was also a fellow at the South Asia Initiative at Harvard University, aside from his research, he consulted for the United Nations Population Fund and strategy consulting organizations. Alamgirs scholarly essays include The 1971 Genocide, War Crimes and Political Crimes and Bangladeshs Fresh Start. Dr. Alamgirs commentary and opinion were featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Boston Globe, and aired on WBAI Radio, NEEN, Deutsche Welle Radio, and Voice of America. Alamgir was a member of Drishtipat, a network of Bangladeshi activists. In 2007, he led a campaign protesting the detention of his father, Member of Parliament Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir by Bangladeshs military-led Caretaker government. He cycled 85 miles for the Pan-Mass Challenge to raise funds for research, inspired by the experience of his mothers treatment for cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Alamgir was in Thailand with his wife Fazeela Morshed for a holiday in December 2011 and he drowned while snorkeling at Yanui Beach in Phuket. Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued a message in which she prayed for the salvation of the departed soul. Academics Borhanuddin Khan Jahangir, Muntassir Mamoon, Khandakar Rashidul Huq Noba among others were present at the airport when Jalals body arrived in Bangladesh on 5 December 2011
David Carradine was an American actor and martial artist. He was known for his role as a peace-loving Shaolin monk, Kwai Chang Caine. He was a member of a family that began with his father. Carradines acting career, which included major and minor roles on stage and television, a prolific B movie actor, he appeared in more than 100 feature films in career spanning over sixty years. He was nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, for such as the television series Kung Fu, the Woody Guthrie biopic Bound for Glory. His final nomination came in the category of Best Supporting Actor for portraying the character in Quentin Tarantinos Kill Bill. Films that featured Carradine continued to be released after his death and these posthumous credits were from a variety of genres including action, documentaries, drama, horror, martial arts, science fiction, and westerns. In addition to his career, Carradine was a director. Moreover, influenced by his most popular acting role, he studied martial arts and he was sometimes arrested and prosecuted for a variety of offenses, which often involved substance abuse. He died on June 3,2009, in a room in Bangkok, Thailand. Carradine was born on December 8,1936 as John Arthur Carradine, in Hollywood, California and he was a half-brother of Bruce, Keith, Christopher, and Robert Carradine, and an uncle of Ever Carradine and Martha Plimpton, most of whom are also actors. Primarily of Irish descent, he was a great-grandson of Methodist evangelical author Beverly Carradine, called Jack by his family, Carradines childhood was turbulent. For example, his parents divorced and repeatedly remarried, he was born to his mothers marriage of three, and his fathers first of four. At the time of Carradines parents marriage, his mother already had a son by her first husband, John Carradine planned a large family, but after his wife had a series of miscarriages, he discovered she had numerous illegal abortions without his knowledge. This rendered her unable to carry a baby to full term, against this backdrop of marital discord, Jack almost succeeded in committing suicide by hanging at the age of five. He said the incident followed his discovery that he and his older half-brother Bruce, Carradine added, My father saved me, and then confiscated my comic book collection and burned it – which was scarcely the point. After three years of marriage, Ardenelle filed for divorce from John, but the couple remained married for five years. Divorce finally came in 1944, when Jack was seven years old and his father left California to avoid court action in the alimony settlement
Kannabhorn Bejaratana, was the Princess of Siam. She was a member of Siamese Royal Family and she is a daughter of King Chulalongkorn. She died with her mother and her sibling, drowned when the royal boat capsized while on the way to the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace. Despite the presence of onlookers, they were forbidden on pain of death to touch the queen. The grief-stricken King Chulalongkorn later erected a memorial to her and his son at the Bang Pa-In Palace. The Royal Cremation was cremated together with her mother in Sanam Luang, performed by King Chulalongkorn
Thomas Merton, O. C. S. O. was an American Catholic writer, theologian and mystic. A Trappist monk of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Kentucky, he was a poet, social activist, in 1949, he was ordained to the priesthood and given the name Father Louis. Merton wrote more than 70 books, mostly on spirituality, social justice, Merton was a keen proponent of interfaith understanding. In the years since his death, Merton has been the subject of several biographies and he was baptized in the Church of England, in accordance with his fathers wishes. Mertons father was absent during his sons upbringing. During World War I, in August 1915, the Merton family left France for the United States and they settled first with Ruths parents on Long Island, New York, and then near them in Douglaston, New York. In 1917, the moved into an old house in Flushing, New York. The family was considering returning to France when Ruth was diagnosed with cancer, from which she died on October 21,1921. In 1922, Owen Merton and Thomas traveled briefly to Bermuda, where Owen fell in love with the American novelist Evelyn Scott, still grieving for his mother, Thomas never quite warmed to Scott. Happy to get away from Scott, Thomas returned to Douglaston in 1923 to live with his mothers family, Owen Merton, Scott, and her husband sailed to Europe and traveled through France, Italy, England and Algeria. During the winter of 1924, while in Algeria, Owen Merton became ill and was thought to be near death, the news of his fathers illness weighed heavily on Thomas Merton. The prospect of losing his sole surviving parent filled him with anxiety, by March 1925, Owen Merton was well enough to organize a show of his paintings at the Leicester Galleries in London. He then returned to New York and took Thomas to live with him in Saint-Antonin, Thomas returned to France with mixed feelings, as he had lived with his grandparents for the last two years and had become attached to them. During their travels, Mertons father and Scott had discussed marriage on occasion, after the trip to New York, Owen Merton realized that Thomas would not be reconciled to Scott and broke off his relationship with her. In 1926, when Merton was eleven, his father enrolled him in a boarding school in Montauban. The stay brought up feelings of loneliness and depression for Merton, during his initial months of schooling, Merton begged his father to remove him. As time passed, however, he became more comfortable with his surroundings there. He made friends with a circle of young and aspiring writers at the Lycée, Sundays at the Lycée offered a nearby Catholic Mass, but Merton never attended, instead often taking an early train home
Art Porter Jr.
Arthur Lee Art Porter Jr. was an American jazz saxophonist. He was the son of jazz musician Art Porter, Sr. as well as the namesake of The Art Porter Bill, Art Porter Jr. was born in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1961. Porter joined his fathers band as a drummer at the age of 9, Porter was then drawn to the saxophone, after noticing its melodic abilities, and began to play it during shows with his fathers group. Porter is a 1979 graduate of Parkview Arts and Science Magnet High School in Little Rock, when Porter turned 16, he began to be barred from clubs because he was under 21. It was during this time that he was arrested and charged with working under-age in a nightclub serving alcoholic beverages and this law became known as The Art Porter Bill. Porter attended Berklee College of Music and Northeastern Illinois University where he studied music and he later attended Roosevelt University, where he would earn his masters degree. Porter studied piano under Ellis Marsalis, a former saxophonist himself, in the mid-1980s, Porter moved to Chicago, Illinois and studied tenor saxophone with Von Freeman and performed with Pharoah Sanders and Jack McDuff. During the 1990s he developed an interest in R&B and hip hop, Porter and his father performed for President Clinton during his 1993 inauguration, playing Amazing Grace at a prayer breakfast. In 1996, Porter traveled to Thailand to appear at the Thailand International Jazz Festival, after the festival on November 23, he went boating on the Kratha Taek reservoir in Sai Yok. The boat Porter was traveling on started to sink, and Porter, along with several others, Porter was survived by his wife and two elementary age sons. In 1998, the album For Arts Sake was posthumously released in his honor and it is a compilation album composed of songs from Porters previous albums, as well as two previously unreleased songs. It also features one song by Jeff Lorber dedicated to Porter, pocket City Straight to the Point Undercover Lay Your Hands on Me For Arts Sake Porter has been inducted into the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame and the Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame. Porter received the Arkansas Jazz Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award in 1998, adapted from the article Art Porter Jr. from Wikinfo, licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License
Sunanda Kumariratana was a queen consort of Siam. She was a daughter of Siamese King Mongkut and Princess Consort Piam and she was the half-sister and first wife of King Chulalongkorn of Siam. The kingss other two wives were her younger sisters, Queen Savang Vadhana and Queen Saovabha Bhongsi. The queen and her daughter drowned when her royal boat capsized on the way to the Bang Pa-In Royal Palace, the many witnesses to the accident did not dare to touch the queen, a capital offense—not even to save her life. The grief-stricken Chulalongkorn later erected a memorial to her and their child at Bang Pa-In Palace