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This is Ching Shih. She was working as a prostitute on a floating brothel in 1800 when it was captured by pirates. She managed to seduce and marry the captain. when he died, she took control of his fleet of 1,500 ships. She was notoriously fearsome and ruled with an iron fist; castrating rapists and fighting against naval forces. In 1810, she accepted an amnesty offer from the government and retired from a life of piracy to open a gambling house. She died at the age of 69.

The Stolen Generations (also known as Stolen children) were the children of Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and State government agencies and church missions, under acts of their respective parliaments. The removals occurred in the period between approximately 1909 and 1969, although in some places children were still being taken until the 1970s.

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Elizabeth Blackwell, b. 1821, was the first (known) female medical doctor. (An individual known to the world as James Miranda Barry became a doctor in Edinburgh in 1812, but upon his death was discovered to be a woman).

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Working together helps people achieve great things. Pictured here: Annie Sullivan Macy, the teacher who helped educate Helen Keller, with her famous student. What wonderful ladies! (Photo: Library of Congress)

Here’s what the world might look like if it weren’t spherical: | 38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

This is what the U.S. might look like if state borders were redrawn to evenly distribute the population: | 38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

This map shows the population density in the United States by decade: | 38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed

Where Did You Come From? This Map Shows You America's Complete Ancestry: Most Americans claim they have roots in a place other than the US. How can an American living in Boston claim to be part-Irish, or a American living in Kentucky claim to part-German, when they were born in the U.S.? To claim you're "part" something would imply that you emigrated from that other part of the world. It gets even more confusing when we start to break it up into fractions - 1/4 Czech, 1/16 Native American.

SAN FRANCISCO BAY 1851 — European immigrants profited greatly from mining gold and minerals from the Kumeyaay Lands and the West Coast prospered and grew rich at the expense of the indigenous populations...San Francisco in particular is well known for gaining extreme wealth during the California Gold Rush era. The effects of the Gold Rush were enormous. San Francisco grew from a small village of about 200 residents in 1846 to a boomtown of some 36,000 people by 1852.

"Mining Scene on the American River, c. 1852" by George Johnson: There was a time in California when fortunes were made with a chisel, a pan and lots of good luck. The Gold Rush brought fortune-seekers, hard workers and dreamers to California in the 19th century, and transformed the state's image into the Golden State.

California's Gold Rush Lives On At Temecula Valley Museum

On October 27, 1904, New York's first underground transit system, the IRT, opened to the public. The New York Times reported "Indescribable scenes of crowding and confusion. Men fought, kicked, and pummeled each other in their mad desire to reach the subway ticket offices...Women were dragged out either screaming in hysterics or in a swooning condition. That night, more than 100,000 people went down underground to ride the subway. "Doing the subway," they called it.

Wagon Train Atlanta 1864


ADVICE TO A 1912 BRIDE: 100 Years ago a Kentucky grandmother gave a bride the following recipe for washing clothes (misspelled words and all): Bild fire in back yard to beet kettle of rainwater. Set tubs so smoke won’t blow in eyes if wind is pert. Shave one hole cake lie soap in boilin water. Sort things, make three piles. 1 pile white. 1 pile cullord. 1 pile work britches and rags. To make starch stur flour in cold water to smooth then thin down with boilin water.

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Market Street, San Francisco after the earthquake, 1906.

"Cow shoes" worn by moonshiners during the 1930's prohibition to hide their tracks from prohibition agents.

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The first Ferris wheel by George Ferris. Build by George Ferris and sometimes known as The Chicago Wheel, it opened to the public on June 21, 1893, at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois.