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Famous & Infamous, or Somewhere in Between

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Famous & Infamous, or Somewhere in Between

Famous & Infamous, or Somewhere in Between

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The Raven

Patton died in 1945, right before leaving Europe. He was in a car accident en route to a hunting excursion that left him paralyzed from the neck down. He lingered in a hospital in spinal traction for 12 days; twas not the kind of glorious death the lifetime soldier had imagined for himself.

"I will not let anyone walk through my mind with their dirty feet." ~ M.K.Gandhi

2 Apr 742 – Charlemagne, The most powerful dark ages French King is born

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt (May 1823-1865) an American boarding house owner who was convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Sentenced to death, she was hanged, becoming the first woman executed by the United States federal government.

Violet Constance Jessop - The Unsinkable Woman. She survived all 3 of the White Star Line’s sister ships' disasters. She was a stewardess aboard the Olympic when it collided with a ship in 1911. She was a stewardess aboard the Titanic when it hit the iceberg. The Britannic was made into a hospital ship for WWI. Violet became a nurse & was working aboard when an explosion sank the ship. Violet continued to work for shipping lines until she retired in 1950. She died in 1971 of heart failure.

Gavrilo Princip, (13 July 1894 – 28 April 1918) was the man who assassinated Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife, Sophie, Duchess of Hohenberg, in Sarajevo on 28 June 1914. Princip and his accomplices were arrested and implicated a number of members of the Serbian military, leading Austria-Hungary to issue a démarche to Serbia known as the July Ultimatum. This set off a chain of events that led to World War I

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Florence Nightingale was a celebrated English nurse and writer.

George Armstrong Custer (1839–June 25, 1876) U.S. Army officer & cavalry commander in the Civil War & the Indian wars. Custer developed a strong reputation during the Civil War. After the war, Custer was dispatched to the west to fight in the Indian Wars. His disastrous final battle overshadowed his prior achievements. Custer & all his troops were killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876, fighting against a group of Native American tribes. Famously known as 'Custer's Last Stand'.

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker (1910 -May 23, 1934) and Clyde Chestnut Barrow (1909 – May 23, 1934). Two well-known outlaws, robbers, and criminals who traveled the Central United States with their gang during the Great Depression. The gang is believed to have killed at least nine police officers & committed several civilian murders. The couple themselves were eventually ambushed and killed in Louisiana by law officers.

Bonnie & Clyde - Their exploits captured the attention of the American public during the "public enemy era" between 1931 and 1934. They were ambushed & killed on May 23,1934 by a posse of Texas officers, on a rural road in Louisiana. The outlaws were shot more than 50 times.

Margaretha Geertruida "Margreet" Zelle (1876–1917), better known by the stage name Mata Hari. Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan & accused spy, who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. The idea of an exotic dancer working as a lethal double agent, using her powers of seduction to extract military secrets from her many lovers fired the popular imagination, set the legend & made Mata Hair an enduring femme fatale

Eugene Jacques Bullard (9 October 1894 – 12 October 1961) was one of the only two black military pilots in World War I awarded the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor. Born in Columbus, Georgia, he traveled to Paris and decided to stay at the outbreak of the war in 1914, enlisting for service with the French Foreign Legion. It was at Verdun in 1916 that he was wounded while flying with the Lafayette Flying Corps and awarded the Croix de Guerre for his service. Interesting!

John Wilkes Booth (1838 – April 26, 1865) was a famous American stage actor who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre, in Washington, D.C., on April 14, 1865. He was a Confederate sympathizer vehement in his denunciation of the Lincoln Administration & outraged by the South's defeat in the American Civil War. Following the shooting, Booth fled on horseback, eventually making his way to a farm in rural northern Virginia, where he was tracked down & shot by a Union soldier.

Sir Winston Churchill (1874–1965) British Conservative politician & statesman known for his leadership of the United Kingdom during the Second World War. Widely regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the century, he served as Prime Minister twice. An accomplished artist, Churchill took great pleasure in painting. He found a haven in art to overcome the spells of depression which he suffered which he called the 'black dog'.

'The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries' (1812) by court- favored French artist, Jacques-Louis David (1748-1825). Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military & political leader from Corsica who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution. He was Emperor of France from 1804-1815. The French empire under Napoleon staged a series of conflicts - the Napoleonic Wars - involving every major European power.

Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini (Left) - a thug and his lackey. They caused untold human suffering in the 1940s.

Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of the Second World War.

Fort Lee & Combined Arms Support Command - Home - Soldiers - Sergeant Audie Murphy Award

Julius (b. 1915) & Ethel (1918) Rosenberg. American communists who were convicted and executed on June 19, 1953 for conspiracy to commit espionage during a time of war. Their charges were related to the passing of information about the atomic bomb to the Soviet Union. This was the first execution of civilians for espionage in United States history.

Charles A. Lindbergh (1902-1974) American aviator famous for piloting the first non-stop solo flight from New York to Paris 20-21 May 1927; an event that brought him unprecedented international celebrity, due to the emerging role of mass media in the lives of the public. Nicknamed, 'Lucky Lindy' he is shown here with the Spirit of St. Louis (his famous plane) in background

Outlaws - Harry Longabaugh (A.K.A. the "Sundance Kid") and Etta Place. Etta disappeared from history in the early 1900's. The big question, of course, is whether Butch Cassidy and Longabaugh were in fact killed in Bolivia in 1908.

Old Picture of the Day: Outlaws

Maria Callas (1923–1977) American-born Greek soprano. One of the most renowned opera singers of the 20th century, her remarkable musical & dramatic talents led to her being hailed as La Divina. The press exulted in publicizing Callas's temperamental behaviour, her supposed rivalry with another soprano opera singer, & her love affair with Aristotle Onassis. 35 years after her death, she's still THE definition of 'the diva', & still one of classical music's best-selling vocalists.

Janis Joplin (1943-1970) Iconic American singer/songwriter of the 1960's. She had an unconventional lifestyle & rebellious beliefs which became accepted during the Beatnik & Hippie movements. She began her singing as a folk/blues singer in San Francisco, later performing at Woodstock in 1969. Died of Heroin overdose at the age of 27. Rolling Stone magazine listed her as on of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. She was known as "The Queen of Psychedelic Soul" & "The Queen of Rock & Roll"

Abraham Lincoln - an amazing man; an amazing leader....One of my heroes