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On February 23, 1896, the Tootsie Roll -- the first penny candy to be individually wrapped -- is introduced by Leo Hirshfield (it was named after his daughter, Clara "Tootsie" Hirschfeld).

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15 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered

In 1991, Charlize Theron's mother, Gerda, shot and killed her father, Charles. An alcoholic, Charles had physically attacked Gerda, who shot in self-defense and faced no charges. Her father was dead, but Theron says there was no doubt about her feelings about what her mother had done. "I know what happened," she said. "And I know that if my daughter was in the same situation, I would do the same thing. "You always think it happens to somebody else."

14 Celebrities Whose Parents Were Murdered

A speakeasy, also called a blind pig or blind tiger, is an establishment that illegally sells alcoholic beverages. Such establishments came into prominence in the United States during the Prohibition era (1920–1933, longer in some states). During that time, the sale, manufacture, and transportation (bootlegging) of alcoholic beverages was illegal throughout the United States.

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Milton Snavely Hershey and wife Catherine Sweeney Hershey, were to have returned home on the Titanic and had even given a deposit of $300.00 for their tickets. Fate intervened when business prompted them to return earlier on the ship, Amerika. If not for FATE there would be NO Hershey's Chocolate.

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Black Jack was notorious for his bad behavior of acting up, not standing still & fidgeting while on the job. Because of protocol, handlers weren't allowed to speak or reprimand the horse or use any voice cues during a procession. Besides more than 1,000 military processions to Arlington Cemetary, Black Jack escorted the funeral caissons of presidents Herbert Hoover, John F. Kennedy, & Lyndon B. Johnson, as well as General Douglas MacArthur. Black Jack died in 1976.

Black Jack, the Caparisoned horse and Caissons | Horse and Man

They used to use urine to tan animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot & then once a day it was taken & Sold to the tannery.......if you had to do this to survive you were "Piss Poor" But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn't even afford to buy a pot......they "didn't have a pot to piss in" & were the lowest of the low The next time you are washing your hands and complain because the water temperature isn't just how you like it, think about how things used to be…

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Bobby Domecon, a "practice baby" at Cornell University in 1920, was one of hundreds of babies on loan from orphanages and raised by a ever changing group of students. (The surname Domecon comes from Domestic Economics.)... When I first read this, I thought the people who did it should be shot... but then I read more about it and considering the conditions in orphanages then, the babies might have been better off being raised at the Colleges.

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A doll maker in the 1920’s. She was an elementary school teacher. She wanted to make her dolls look so real, she cut hair off of her students. She even skinned off some of her daughter’s skin for one particular doll. She was caught and found not guilty for reason of insanity.

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Mary Ellen Wilson (1864–1956) or sometimes Mary Ellen McCormack was an American whose case of child abuse led to the creation of the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children. As an eight-year old, she was severely abused by her foster parents, Francis and Mary Connolly.

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A Funeral Bearer, 'Mutes' were hired to lead funeral processions. They wore white or black sashes and carried staffs draped in cloth. Robert William Bus, 1831-1840 (Museum of London)

A Funeral Bearer: 19th century, Robert William Buss

African-American women sweeping their yards in Belton, South Carolina. The preference for bare earth and smooth, regular surfaces, carefully tended, was common in Africa and remained customary in the yards of black Americans until the 1940s.

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In the history of raffles and lotteries, tontines and lottos, few would rank so high in the Department of Forbidden Weirdness as this 1912 Parisian lottery of babies.

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The Nun's graveyard. Every grave is marked "Here lies Sister Mary". The Magdalen Asylum, Co. Cork., Ireland

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Dolmabahce Palace in Istanbul, Turkey : Photos, History and Guide

The largest chandelier in the world weighs 4 tons and is pink. It was a gift from Queen Victoria for the Dolmabakce Palace in Istanbul.

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My mind is so blown right now

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"My Cup Runneth Over" by Annie Lee. A beautiful work of art by the legendary Annie Lee.

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Monday Inspiration – Spiritualism and the Victorians

Spiritualism by Susan Macatee: Although the Victorian era was a time of scientific discovery and technological advances, the Victorians seemed to be obsessed by the supernatural. Many people believed in ghosts, fairies, physic phenomena and telepathy. They also thought it possible to communicate with the dead.

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Water massages as a treatment for hysteria (c. 1860). Women considered to be suffering from hysteria would sometimes undergo "pelvic massage" – manual stimulation of the genitals by the doctor until the patient experienced "hysterical paroxysm" (orgasm).

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U.S. Marshals escorting the brave Ruby Bridges. One of the first African Americans to attend a white school.

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A Knocker-up was a profession in England before alarm clocks were affordable or reliable. It was their job was to rouse sleeping people so they could get to work on time. They used a heavy stick to knock on the clients’ doors or a long and light stick, often made of bamboo, to reach windows on higher floors. Some of them used pea-shooters. The knocker-up would not leave a client’s window until sure that the client had been awoken.

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1945- A chronicle of the life of Lena Baker, the first woman to be sent to the electric chair in Georgia for the murder of her employer, who forced her into sexual slavery. Baker was charged with capital murder for killing her employer, Ernest Knight, In 2005, 60 years after her execution, the Georgia Parole Board issued Baker a full and unconditional pardon.// A little too late don't you think...

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An amazing list of actual reasons for admission into the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum from the late 1800s. Sometimes, I'm really glad I live now else I'd have been committed at least 8 times over...

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