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The Troubled Life of the Brilliant Jack Parsons

The Troubled Life of the Brilliant Jack Parsons

Matt Blitz January 10, 2014 5

Marvel “John” (everyone called him Jack) Whiteside Parsons was born in Los Angeles, California in 1914 to a upper-middle class parents. Upon learning about her husband’s affair with another woman, Jack’s mother, Ruth, did

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5 Fascinating Vice-Presidents You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

5 Fascinating Vice-Presidents You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Matt Blitz January 3, 2014 3

  John Nance Garner may have been a well-respected Speaker of the House in 1931, but always ambitious, he wanted more. So, in 1932, he ran to be the Democratic nominee for President of

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The Man Who Accurately Estimated the Circumference of the Earth Over 2,000 Years Ago

The Man Who Accurately Estimated the Circumference of the Earth Over 2,000 Years Ago

Emily Upton January 1, 2014 2

Today I found out about a man who fairly accurately estimated the circumference of the Earth well over 2,000 years ago: Eratosthenes of Cyrene. Born around 276 B.C. in Cyrene, Libya, Eratosthenes soon became

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The First Pope

The First Pope

Melissa December 27, 2013 1

In the first century, after the death and ascension of Christ, his apostles carried on the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth. At the forefront of this effort was Peter, chief of the apostles, fisher

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“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

“Little Buddy”- The Life of Bob “Gilligan” Denver

Eddie Deezen December 26, 2013 0

Robert Osbourne David Denver was born in new Rochelle, New York, on January 9, 1935 (that is exactly one day after the birth of Elvis Presley.) Just as his “distinguished-sounding” real name seems a

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The Man Who Was Stuck in the 1950s

The Man Who Was Stuck in the 1950s

Staci Lehman December 16, 2013 1

Henry Gustav Molaison, who came to be known by his initials, H.M., was studied from 1957 until his death in 2008. From an early age, H.M. suffered from severe epilepsy that was blamed on

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The Heroic Death of Chariots of Fire’s Eric Liddell

The Heroic Death of Chariots of Fire’s Eric Liddell

Karl Smallwood December 12, 2013 1

Imagine you dedicated your adult life to helping those less fortunate than yourself -that you spent your entire adult life trying to make the world a better place, and when you died (after sacrificing

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A Genius Among Us: The Sad Story of William J. Sidis

A Genius Among Us: The Sad Story of William J. Sidis

Matt Blitz December 6, 2013 6

Before the terms “Tiger Mom” or “Helicopter Mom” entered our vernacular.  Before the moms on “Toddlers and Tiaras” tried to turn their daughters into beauty queens. Before Earl Woods showed off his two year

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The First Convicted Murderer in America

The First Convicted Murderer in America

Emily Upton December 3, 2013 3

Today I found out about John Billington, the first convicted murderer in America. John Billington was around 40 years old when he disembarked the Mayflower in New England in November, 1620. Like most of

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A Memory of Solferino – The Life of Henry Dunant

A Memory of Solferino – The Life of Henry Dunant

Theodoros II November 28, 2013 4

On May 8, 1828, the man who founded The International Committee of the Red Cross, Henry Dunant, was born. In 1922, almost a century after his birth, the eighth of May was declared a

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The Twins Born 87 Days Apart

The Twins Born 87 Days Apart

Emily Upton November 28, 2013 1

Today I found out about Amy and Katie, the twins born 87 days apart. Maria Jones-Elliot of Waterford, Ireland, was just 23 weeks pregnant when she went into labour with her twins in 2012.

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The Man Who Held Off Six Enemy Tanks and Several Waves of Infantry for an Hour By Firing on Them While Standing Atop a Burning Tank

The Man Who Held Off Six Enemy Tanks and Several Waves of Infantry for an Hour By Firing on Them While Standing Atop a Burning Tank

Emily Upton November 25, 2013 6

Today I found out about Audie Murphy, the most decorated U.S. World War II veteran. Murphy was born on June 20, 1925 in Texas. His family was extremely poor, partially due to having twelve

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The Great Frederick Douglass

The Great Frederick Douglass

Matt Blitz November 22, 2013 4

“We shall look over the world, and survey the history of any other oppressed and enslaved people in vain, to find one which has made more progress within the same length as the colored

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King Richard the Lionheart of England Lived Mainly in France and Barely Spoke English

King Richard the Lionheart of England Lived Mainly in France and Barely Spoke English

Kathy Padden November 21, 2013 3

Today I found out that Richard I, also known as Richard the Lionheart, spent most of his life in France and barely spoke English. Richard was born on Sept. 8, 1157 to Henry II

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The Mad Queen of Madagascar, Ranavalona I

The Mad Queen of Madagascar, Ranavalona I

Emily Upton November 20, 2013 0

Today I found out about Ranavalona I, the Mad Queen of Madagascar. Ranavalona I started out in life as a girl named Ramavo. Born in 1788 in Madagascar, she had humble origins as a

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The Unsolved Case of the Murderous Belle Gunness, “Lady Bluebeard”

The Unsolved Case of the Murderous Belle Gunness, “Lady Bluebeard”

Emily Upton November 19, 2013 0

Today I found out about the fascinating tale of Belle Gunness, “The Lady Bluebeard,” who is thought to have murdered her husbands, her children, and a couple dozen more people during her lifetime. You

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The First Flapper: Zelda Fitzgerald

The First Flapper: Zelda Fitzgerald

Emily Upton November 8, 2013 6

Today I found out about the life of Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the wife of famous writer F. Scott Fitzgerald and who the video game character of “Zelda” was named after. Zelda Sayre was born

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The “White Mouse” Who Became Australia’s Most Decorated WWII Servicewoman

The “White Mouse” Who Became Australia’s Most Decorated WWII Servicewoman

Emily Upton November 7, 2013 0

Today I found out about Nancy Wake, aka “The White Mouse,” who became Australia’s most decorated servicewoman during World War II. Despite her future successes, Nancy Wake had humble beginnings. She was born in

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