Ziryab is known as the slave who changed the world. His real name was Abul al-Hasan. He was born in Persia in 789 AD. He was nicknamed Ziryab which means Blackbird because of his dark complexion and the sweetness of his voice.
Sodeto in Spain is considered the luckiest village in the world. In 2011, nearly all of its 240 residents became millionaires overnight. All except one. His name is Costis Mitsotakis. In the thick of Europe’s economic crisis, Sodeto was suffering. Many villagers were battling unemployment and a prolonged drought. The crops would not grow, and money was scarce.
Juan Manuel Sánchez Gordillo is a man who swims against the tide. When the people of his hometown were suffering, he took direct action. He stormed supermarkets with a gang of farm laborers. They filled their shopping carts with food and fled before coughing up the cash. They then dished out the food to local food banks. Gordillo was dubbed the Spanish Robin Hood for his actions. He said he did it because, “There are many families who can’t afford to eat.”