"Girl with bound feet 1870-1890. The feet would then regularly be unbound, washed and kneaded, with additional pain often caused by beating the sole of the foot to keep the bones broken. The feet were then rebound – ever more tightly each time. Whenever the binding session was over, the girl was immediately forced to walk on her feet to crush them further. None of this was carried out with any anesthetic."
5 Surprising Facts about Otzi the Iceman. I've spent some time learning about this incredible find it's fascinating. I bet he had no idea just how important he would be thousands of years after his death.
Navajo woman and baby. Historically, the structure of the Navajo society is largely a matrilineal system, in which women owned livestock and land. Once married, a Navajo man would move to live with his bride in her dwelling and among her mother's people and clan. The children are "born to" and belong to the mother's clan, and are "born for" the father's clan.
In 1879, Anna Bates (a giantess at 7' 5½") gave birth to the longest and heaviest baby that Guinness has on record. The baby, born in Seville, Ohio, weighed in at 23 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 30 inches long. Sadly, the baby boy passed away just 11 hours after being born.
Joan of Kent, first Princess of Wales (1328-1385) was the wife of Edward the Black Prince. Their marriage was a love match; the Plantagenet sons of Edward III had a tendency to defy convention & follow their heart. While Edward & Joan never became King & Queen of England, their surviving son became Richard II. Edward treated his wife affectionately in public & in private; his letter to her seven years after their wedding began, "My dearest and truest sweetheart and beloved companion."
Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn't know what he'd done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.
Harriet Tubman, slave, abolitionist, spy and 1st woman to lead an armed expedition during war. Born into slavery, she was beaten, 'hired out' and suffered seizures from being hit by a heavy weight. After escaping, she later made ~19 trips to rescue a total of over 300 slaves, sometimes using the Underground Railroad. Called 'Black Moses', she carried a gun and threatened to shoot any slave who would turn back. She was a Union spy during the Civil War and struggled for women's suffrage.
Who paved for women Doctors in England? Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was the first female British doctor. Born as the second of eleven children in 1836, she went on to study medicine and received her medical license in 1872. After that she co-founded the Hospital for Women in London. She then went on to become dean of the London School of Medicine for Women. Not satisfied with the private life, in 1908 she ran for office and became England’s first female mayor.
In 79 CE, the eruption of Vesuvius covered the whole city of Herculaneum in volcanic ash. One home, the Villa of Papyri, contained a library of 1,785 papyrus scrolls. At the time of the eruption, the library was packed in cases ready to be moved to safety when it was overtaken by pyroclastic flow; the eruption charred the scrolls but preserved them— the only surviving library of Antiquity. Modern science has enabled them to be read. Many contain previously unknown works.
Queen Victoria with grandchildren Prince George, Princess Mary and Prince Edward of York
Ray Mala (December 27, 1906 – September 23, 1952) was the first Native American movie star and the most prolific film star Alaska has thus far produced. Mala was recently named a "Top Ten Alaskan" by TIME Magazine. He starred in MGM's Academy Award-winning Eskimo/Mala The Magnificent, directed by Woody Van Dyke.