Browsing: May 30

A Brief History On May 30, 1899, one of the last of the Old West outlaws struck again, this time robbing a stage coach 30 miles Southeast of Globe, Arizona. What was somewhat different about this robbery, was the fact a woman, Pearl Hart, one of the Old West’s female banditos was the person doing the robbing. Today we list 10 women that are famous for being lawbreakers, murderers, robbers, crime family heads or whatever. Who would you add to the list? (Elizabeth Bathory? Martha Stewart? Leona Helmsley?) Digging Deeper 1. Pearl Hart, Wild West Outlaw. Proving that the fair…

A Brief History On May 30, 2017, we had the opportunity to preview the DC Comics major motion picture, Wonder Woman. at Cleveland, Ohio’s historic Capitol Theatre (built in 1921!).  Without building any suspense, we will tell you right off the bat that the audience stood up and clapped at the end! Digging Deeper Yes, we enjoyed the movie, too.  Lots of action, lots of beautiful Gal Gadot in the title role, and for the ladies an “above average” Chris Pine as the male lead.  (You have to watch the film to get that reference.) Some critics, such as Molly…

A Brief History On May 30, 1431, Joan of Arc (Jeanne d’Arc) was put to death by being burned alive at the stake for the alleged crime of heresy. Probably the most famous person to be burned to death, Saint Joan joins 4 other famous people on this list that died in this horrible fashion. What other famous burn victims would you include on the list? Digging Deeper 1.  Joan of Arc. Only 19 when she was executed, Joan had fought for the French against the English during the Hundred Years War, gaining fame and a mythical legendary status.  For…

A Brief History On May 30, 1911, one of auto racing’s top 3 events was born with the initial running of the Indianapolis 500.  (The other 2 of the 3 most prestigious auto races are the 24 Hours at Le Mans and the Monaco Grand Prix, with the 3 races combined referred to as the Triple Crown of Auto Racing.) Digging Deeper Built in 1909 as a primitive asphalt track (using gravel and tar) the fragility of the surface caused the owner to repave the track surface with 3.2 million bricks.  Cost of the brick paving: $155,000, a big chunk…

A Brief History On May 30, 1883, panicked public people pushed, prodded, poked, and pummeled each other in a mad dash to get away from the Brooklyn Bridge when an unfounded rumor circulated that collapse was imminent.  Unfortunately, 12 people were stampeded to death because of this reckless and stupid rumor.  Here we list 10 false rumors that spread through the public, often with decidedly negative effects, sometimes just a sad reflection on how gullible people can be. Digging Deeper 10.  Brooklyn Bridge Collapse, 1883.  Open only 6 days earlier, this mighty bridge cost 27 lives during its construction only…

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