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James Arness (né James Aurness) (1923-2011) USA 1943-45 WW II. Arness, who was 6’7”, said he wanted to be a fighter pilot but the height limit for aviators was 6’2”. He was drafted in ’43, served as a rifleman in the 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded at Anzio, Italy. After several surgeries he was discharged but had a lifelong limp. Earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart. Best remembered for his role as Matt Dillon in the TV series “Gunsmoke”.

By the time Ellis Island shut down in 1954, more than 12 million immigrants had passed through its gates.

Victoria Woodhull (1838 - 1927). She was quite a lady ... the first woman to run for President of the United States (1872); first woman to start a weekly newspaper, first woman along with her sister to operate a brokerage firm in Wall Street (where she made a fortune). She fought for women's rights, against corruption and for labor reforms. The reforms and ideals espoused by her for the common working class against the corrupt rich business elite were extremely controversial in her time.

The U.S. Capitol under construction, 1860.

First Picture of the White House, 1860-65

Custer's Last Stand Memorial, Little Bighorn National Park, Wyoming

Frances Walsingham (1567-1633), Countess of Essex and Countess of Clanricarde was an English noblewoman. The daughter of Francis Walsingham, Elizabeth I's Secretary of State, she became the wife of Sir Philip Sidney at age 16. Her second husband was Robert Devereux, 2nd Earl of Essex, Queen Elizabeth's favourite, with whom she had five children. Shortly after his execution in 1601 she married her lover,[1] Richard Burke, 4th Earl of Clanricarde, and went to live in Ireland.

Henry VIII in a 1608 manuscript history of England, Trevelyon's "Miscellany."

The Real Henry VIII

An illuminated prayer book from 1533 was inscribed to Henry by his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves: "I besiche your grace humb[ly?] when ye loke on this remember me."

Lucy Stone. 1st woman in America to keep her last name upon marriage, 1st Massachusets woman to graduate college, chopped her hair off, scandalously wore precursors to pants, was kicked out of church for arguing that women had the right to own property and to be able to divorce abusive alcoholic husbands

Washington, D.C., 1916. "Convention of former slaves. Annie Parram, age 104; Anna Angales, age 105; Elizabeth Berkeley, 125; Sadie Thompson, 110." Remarkable women to whom life should have been kinder.

the 50's

Before becoming President

First picture of Abraham Lincoln

Richard III.-The body of Richard III, slain at the battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, has been found buried deep beneath a Leicester car park, scientists confirmed today.

Last prisoners leave Alcatraz, March 21, 1963

The USS Arizona memorial.

Queen Elizabeth II - great photo!

Jack and Jackie

April 5, 1968, Daily News front page on the assassination of Martin Luther King.

Albert Einstein was very slow to speak and his parents feared he wasn’t too bright. One day, when he was sick in bed, they gave him a compass to keep him occupied. The new plaything made him wonder about magnetic fields, which got him interested in physics, and, well, you know the rest.

Albert Einstein's office on the day he died in 1955.

Under the leadership of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson, the U.S. Constitution was amended to grant women the right to vote. On August 18, 1920, women's suffrage became our nation's 19th Amendment.

Buffalo Bill and John Y. Nelson with the Deadwood Stage