23 November 2016 Current Affairs: US President Barack Obama has presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honour, to 21 artists, sports figures, scientists and philanthropists.
Among the honourees were Robert Redford, Bill and Melinda Gates, Tom Hanks and Diana Ross.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar : He is an American retired professional basketball player who played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers
Elouise Cobell (posthumous) : She was a Blackfeet Tribal community leader and an advocate for Native American self-determination and financial independence
Ellen DeGeneres : She is an award-winning comedian who has been hosting her popular daytime talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.
Robert De Niro : He is an American actor and producer who has both Italian and American citizenship.
Richard Garwin : He is an American physicist, widely known to be the author of the first hydrogen bomb design.
Bill and Melinda Gates : Bill and Melinda Gates established the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 to help all people lead healthy, productive lives.
Frank Gehry : He is a Canadian-born American architect.
Margaret H. Hamilton : She is a computer scientist, systems engineer and business owner.
Tom Hanks : He is an American actor, comedian and filmmaker.
Grace Hopper (posthumous) : She was an American computer scientist and United States Navy Rear Admiral.
Michael Jordan : He is an American retired professional basketball player.
Maya Lin : She is an artist and designer who is known for her work in sculpture and landscape art.
Lorne Michaels : He is a producer and screenwriter, best known for creating and producing Saturday Night Liv
Newt Minow : He is an attorney with a long and distinguished career in public life.
Eduardo Padrón : He is the President of Miami Dade College (MDC), one of the largest institutions of higher education in the United States.
Robert Redford : He is an actor, director, producer, businessman, and environmentalist.
Diana Ross : She is an American singer, songwriter, actress and record producer.
Vin Scully : He is an American sportscaster.
Bruce Springsteen : He is a singer, songwriter, and bandleader.
Cicely Tyson : She is an American actress. She was nominated for the Academy and Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress for her performance as Rebecca Morgan in Sounder.
Presidential Medal of Freedom : The Presidential Medal of Freedom is an award bestowed by the President of the United States. It was established in 1963 by President John Kennedy. It the highest civilian award of the United States.
The award is not limited to U.S. citizens. Although it is a civilian award, it can also be awarded to military personnel and worn on the uniform.Three people, Ellsworth Bunker, John Kenne