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Ignas Semmelweis was the doctor who discovered that antisepsis saved lives during surgery. He forced doctors in his hospital to wash their hands between patients and was able to reduce patient deaths from infection by more than 90 percent. This was in the 1850s and years before Pasteur's Germ Theory. Most doctors at the time ridiculed him and they hounded him out of the medical profession and he went insane and ironically died of infection. He was one of the many pioneers who saw the future.

Ignaz Semmelweis - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Sears Mitchell Owned by Laura Ingalls Wilder

The Sears Mitchell Owned by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Victorian dining room at Arlington House.

Arlington House and the Spoils of War

The Morning Room at Arlington House, the home of Gen. Robert E. Lee, in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

Arlington House & Plantation, former home of Confederate General Robert E. Lee, in Arlington VA, built 1803. Plantation originally had 1100 acres.

The photo was taken in 1910. It’s the last photograph taken of Florence Nightingale. (It's rare: she was reluctant throughout her life to be photographed.) It shows 90 year old Florence in her bedroom at her home in London. The photo was taken by Lizzie Caswall Smith. On the back of the photo Smith wrote, “Taken just before she died, house near Park Lane. The only photograph I ever took out of studio. I shall never forget the experience.”

This print shows when, in 1965, hundreds of civil rights marchers started on a peace march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama led by the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Their goal was to secure voting rights for blacks in America. Just outside Selma, at the Edmond Pettus Bridge, local law enforcement officials repeatedly turned back the marchers by verbally and physically abusing them; however, after several days the marchers were allowed to continue.

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Edmond Pettus Bridge, Selma, Alabama -

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil - walked through one of these "slums" to the top - this is where Michael Jackson filmed his video for "they don't really care about us" - talked to a couple of guys who had met Michael while filming - pretty amazing place, but very dangerous

Rio de Janeiro Photos - Bizarre Foods -

As well known as Helen Keller was, she was not w/o financial difficulties. She had gumption. Her solution to those financial woes? Vaudeville! Her 20-minute act, which continued until the sudden death of Helen’s mother in 1922, opened at the Palace Theatre in NY The show featured events from Helen’s life & was an enormous success, resulting in a nationwide tour. Helen was among the highest paid performers of her day, earning almost $2,000 a week for just a few shows!

1911, Bobby Leach survived a plunge over Niagara Falls in a steel barrel. Fourteen years later, in New Zealand, he slipped on an orange peel and died.

Bobby Dunbar, a boy whose disappearance at 4 was reported in 1912. After an 8-month search, it was believed that they had found the child with William Walters. Dunbar's parents claimed the boy as their missing son. Both Walters and a Julia Anderson insisted that the boy was Anderson's son. The court system sided with the Dunbars. In 2004 DNA established that the boy was not a relative of the Dunbar family.

Bobby Dunbar disappearance - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andy Warhol, artist, New York, August 20, 1969 | Richard Avedon (Warhol's scars are from an assisination attempt, where he barely survived multiple gunshot wounds. He never fully recovered & for the rest of his life had to wear a corset to prevent his injuries from worsening. Years later, his wounds would still occasionally bleed after he overexerted himself.)

Jonathan Daniels, a minister who answered Dr. King's call to come to Selma, Alabama to support the Selma to Montgomery March. He was one of the few who stayed back after the march was over and was shot point blank in the chest by a deputized segregationist while trying to buy his fellow black protesters a Coca Cola.

Jonathan Daniels vs. Macrina the Younger

January 28th: Today in 1986 the space shuttle Challenger exploded 74 seconds into its flight, killing a crew of seven, including teacher Christa McAuliffe. Do you remember where you were when you heard the news? Did you watch the launch live on television?

Gen Joseph Warren, Jr - American doctor who played a leading role in American Patriot organizations in Boston in the early days of the American Revolution, eventually serving as president of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to leave Boston and spread the alarm that the British garrison in Boston was setting out to raid the town of Concord and arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams.

A spoonful of spite: New film set to reveal truth about Mary Poppins' creator... she was a vile woman and abusive mother.

P. L. Travers, OBE (born Helen Lyndon Goff; 9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996), was an Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist. In 1924, she emigrated to England where she wrote under the pen name P. L. Travers. In 1933, she began writing her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins.

Walt Disney | Author P.L. Travers (right), who created the character of a magical nanny in a series of Mary Poppins books, may have been all...

P L Travers, creator (or, rather, discoverer) of Mary Poppins

Creator of Mary Poppins, PL Travers, in the 1950s. Photograph: Popperfoto/Getty Images

What Saving Mr Banks tells us about the original Mary Poppins

Pamela Lyndon Travers (9 August 1899 – 23 April 1996) was an Australian-born novelist, actress and journalist. In 1924 she emigrated to England where she wrote under the pen name P. L. Travers. In 1933 she began writing her series of children's novels about the mystical and magical English nanny Mary Poppins.

P. L. Travers - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Virginia Woolf, 1925. Photograph from Hulton Archive / Getty

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Dinner with a view: These workers atop the frame of the Waldorf-Astoria in 1930 enjoyed some of the hotel's legendary five-star service before construction was even complete

Incredible pictures of construction workers high above New York