He established the Taiping Heavenly Kingdom over varying portions of southern China, with himself as the " Heavenly King " and self-proclaimed younger brother of Jesus Christ. Hong showed an interest in scholarship at an early age, so his family made financial sacrifices to provide a formal education for him, in the hope that he could one day complete all of the civil service examinations. He then took the local xiucai preliminary civil service examinations and placed first. In , at the age of 22, Hong returned to Guangzhou to retake the imperial examinations. In , Hong attempted and failed the imperial examinations for a third time, leading to a nervous breakdown. For the next several years Hong taught at several schools around the area of his hometown. In , Hong failed the imperial examinations for the fourth and final time.
CNN The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. More Videos Evangelist Billy Graham has died Billy Graham, who had refused to participate in the March on Washington, dismissed King's belief that protests could create a "Beloved Community" in America where even "down in Alabama little black boys and little black girls will join hands with little white boys and white girls.
Joel Scott Osteen born March 5,  is an American pastor , televangelist , businessperson and author , based in Houston, Texas. As of , Osteen's televised sermons were seen by approximately 10 million viewers in the US and several million more in over countries weekly. His father, a former Southern Baptist pastor, founded Lakewood Church of which Osteen is the current senior pastor in the back of an old feed store. Osteen's father encouraged him to preach for many years, but he declined, preferring to work behind the scenes until January 17, , when he accepted his father's suggestion and preached his first sermon. John Osteen died six days later of a heart attack.