Adlai Stevenson was a democratic government official in the United States in the 50s and 60s known for his progressive politics and intellectual demeanor. He held many political positions during his time, but he is most known for being a part of the committee that founded the UN, becoming a U.S. ambassador to the UN, and being Illinois' 31st governor. He is remembered for being a genuinely good man so rarely found in politics and for helping to shape the ideals of the modern democratic party. Many remember him as the UN ambassador who confronted the Russian ambassador in 1962 about the possibility of Russian missiles in Cuba. He was a man who never backed down from a challenge and stood up for his country until the very end. The holiday is celebrated on the day of his birth in 1900. It is observed mostly in Illinois, but also by democrats from all over the country.