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JOSEPHINE COCHRANE 1839-1913. In the 1870s, after her servants chipped some of the dishes ,while washing them, Cochrane refused to let them handled the china any more. One morning while up to her elbows in soap suds, she had an epiphany. Why not invent a dish washing machine? She received her first patent on the Garis-Cochran Dish-Washing Machine December 28, 1886. In 1916, her company was bought out by Hobart which became KitchenAid and is now Whirlpool Corporation.

March 12, 1948 Jennifer Josephine Hosten, the first Black woman to win the Miss World contest, was born in St. George’s, Grenada. Hosten won the contest December 3, 1970. After winning the contest, she earned her Master of Arts degree in political science and international relations from Carleton University

Laura Stockton Starcher, who was elected mayor of the town of Umatilla, Oregon on December 5, 1916. She defeated the incumbent, her husband E. E. Starcher, by a vote of twenty-six to eight, with write-in votes In addition to Laura Starcher, Umatilla voters also elected women to take over four town council seats and the posts of recorder and treasurer. Only two men retained elective office as town councilors.

Jeanette "Jennie" Jerome (1854-1921) was one of three pretty daughters of financier Leonard Jerome and his wife Clara. She married Lord Randolph Churchill, second son of the Duke of Marlborough. She had two children, Winston Churchill, the future prime minister, and John. She had many affairs during her marriage, including with King Edward VII. After her husband died, she married a man as young as her sons, which was very shocking for the time. She subsequently married an even younger…

Katharine McCormick (August 27, 1875 – December 28, 1967) was a U.S. biologist, suffragist, philanthropist and, after her husband’s death, heir to a substantial part of the McCormick family fortune. She is remembered for funding most of the research necessary to develop the first birth control pill.

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44 Things You Didn't Know About U.S. Presidents

Hoover Spoke Chinese. Herbert Hoover moved his family to China before becoming President, and he and his wife learned to speak Mandarin Chinese fluently. They would speak the language around the White House to prevent others from understanding them.

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15 People Who Will Inspire You

Rosa Parks was just one of many women during the Civil Rights Movement who refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white person. Their impact on history is tremendous, and their strength helps us question authority whenever possible.