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In the mid-1930s, an Australian journalist visited Germany to report on the rise of fascism and interview Adolf Hitler. The atrocities she saw there, which included the public beating of Jews, forever changed the course of her young life. Nancy Wake, who died Sunday at age 98, would spend World War II fighting Nazism tooth and nail, saving thousands of Allied lives, winding up at the top of the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and ultimately receiving more decorations than any other servicewoman.

World War II Resistance Heroine, Savior of Thousands, Dies at 98

52 Colorized Historical Photos That Give Us A New Look At the Past

These 52 Colorized Photos Change History As We Know It...

Abraham Lincoln was one brave's why.

We Are Teachers

Reading while churning butter (with cat taking care of splashes), 1897

vintage everyday: Old Photos of Domestic Activities

William Shakespeare In 1842 a death mask was found in a ragpicker’s shop in Darmstadt, Germany that is 99.9% certain to be that of William Shakespeare’s. The mask, bearing the date of 1616 (Shakespeare died on April 23, 1616) , features the writer’s high forehead, prominent nose and beard.

A portrait of Mata Hari, circa 1907, First World War spy. (Gamma-Keystone/Getty)

Toddler Barack Obama

29 Awesome Photos Of A Young Barack “Barry” Obama

The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur as kids c. 1875

:::::::::::: Antique Photograph ::::::::::: Sally Bonetta Forbes, born in West Africa was captured and became a slave of the King of Dahomey at 5 years old. In June 1850, Commodore Forbes of H.M.S. Bonetta arrived in Dahomey and the King presented him with the girl as a present for Queen Victoria. She was brought back to England and Victoria and Albert paid for her education. Later when Sally was married, Queen Victoria was godmother to their first child, named Victoria in her honour.

Dutch children at Ellis Island

Professor Alexander Graham Bell opening the line between New York and Chicago [from Sun and Shade, 1895]

Edwin Booth, one of the most admired actors of the 19th century. Older brother of John Wilkes Booth, he saved Robert Todd Lincoln's life when Lincoln fell on the train tracks at a station in New Jersey at the height of the Civil War. EDWIN BOOTH 1864

Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg, 1950s

Frank Lloyd Wright at 18

New research shows that Bonnie may have had a mental disorder that made her attracted to seriously violent men. Not only that, but despite being just 23 when she died, Bonnie had been married for seven years…and not to Clyde. Her husband was also a murderer and she was still wearing her wedding ring when she died.

5 Great Love Stories That Weren't Really All That Great

Einstein at the piano in Hotel Nara in Japan, 1922

Aviators, Harriet Quimby (right) and Matilde Moisant (left) . They are the first and second women to get their pilot's license in the US. c. 1911-12.

Ken Kesey, taken by Allen Ginsberg at Hotel Excelsior, December 14, 1989.

Writers, Quotes, Interviews, Artist, Biography - Paris Review

THE REAL BETTY BOOP: Ms. ESTHER JONES, known by her stage name, “Baby Esther,” was an ”African-American singer and entertainer of the late 1920s. She performed regularly at the (The Cotton Club) in Harlem. Ms Jones’ ‘baby’ Singing Style for a recording of “I Wanna Be Loved By You.” Ms. Jones’ singing style went on to become the inspiration for (Max Fleischer ) cartoon character’s Voice and SINGING style of BETTY BOOP, was a Black Woman. Read more by clicking photo.

Grigorii Yefimovich Rasputin, brought into the Imperial Family's circle by Empress Alexandra to help aid in the suffering of her son Tsarevich Alexei. Rasputin was able to assuage the boy's pain but not cure the disease he suffered from (Hemophilia). He was well known for being drunk in public and his scores of affairs with high society woman. For the protection of the Royal image he was murdered by several aristocrats including Prince Felix Yussupov and Grand Duke Dmitrii Pavlovich

Grigori Efimovich Rasputin

Pawnee May Lillie | Buffalo Bills wife.

A. Lincoln campaign ribbon, 1860

On April 10, 1919, Guajardo invited Zapata to a meeting, intimating that he intended to defect to the revolutionaries.[9] However, when Zapata arrived at the Hacienda de San Juan, in Chinameca, Ayala municipality, Guajardo's men riddled him with bullets. They then took his body to Cuautla to claim the bounty, where they are reputed to have been given only half of what was promised.

Jerónimo Sierra de la Cámara: mayo 2011

Temple Houston, son of Sam Houston, orphaned at 7; raised by a sister. At 19, he graduated w/honors from Baylor with a law degree, passed the bar to become the youngest practicing lawyer in TX. He spoke French, Spanish 7 Indian languages. He became renowned for defending prostitute Millie Stacey in 1899. His closing summary (The Soiled Dove Plea) is still studied by law students today. It's considered the perfect defense argument and a masterpieces of oratory in the English language.

Peter Jackson, 2 December 1889, London. Born in 1860 in St Croix, then the Danish West Indies, Jackson was a boxing champion who spent long periods of time touring Europe. In England, he staged the famous fight against Jem Smith at the Pelican Club in 1889. In 1888 he claimed the title of Australian heavyweight champion.