Anna Mae Dickinson was eight when she lost her father and narrowly escaped death herself on the Titanic. She was 11 when she lost her Aunt Olivia in the torpedoing of the Lusitania. She was 31 when she lost her first cousin Alfred in the Hindenberg explosion. She was 37 when she lost her nephew Thomas in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.And she was 97 when her tiny apartment was shaken and battered by the collapse of the twin towers on Sptember 11, 2001.
Bea Arthur (née Bernice Frankel) (1922-2009) SSgt. USMC 1943-45 WW II. Enlisted and assigned as typist at Marine HQ in Wash DC, then air stations in VA and NC. Best remembered for her title role in the TV series “Maude” and as Dorothy in "Golden Girls".
This an undated file photo of William Anderson "Devil Anse" Hatfield, the patriarch of the Hatfield clan. The family was part of the most infamous feud in American folklore, a long-running battle with the McCoys.
Druella Jones or "Aunt Jonas," Alabama, 1915 age 94. "She and two others were the only old slaves I found who were not loyal to their owners. During the [civil] war she tried to burn her master's house"
Susie Baker King Taylor (1848-1912) was the first African American army nurse. As the author of Reminiscences of My Life in Camp with the 33d United States Colored Troops, Late 1st S.C. Volunteers, she was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.
Nellie Bly - Early female investigative reporter. Faked insanity to write an in-depth piece on life on the inside of an insane asylum (which caused such a stir that reforms were enacted), traveled solo around the world, served as a young Mexican correspondent, breaking professional and gender barriers along the way. Later became an inventor, businesswoman, and focused her philanthropy on orphans.
The woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Every high school kid knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity Charles Darwin discovered evolution, & Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know. Jeremy Knowles on the lack of recognition Cecilia Payne receives.
When Corregidor and Bataan fell in 1942, there were 11 US Navy nurses and 66 Army nurses who were captured along with the American and Filipino forces, and imprisoned in and around the city of Manila. These 77 women became known as the Angels of Bataan (sometimes even referred to as the Battling Belles of Bataan) who, despite being prisoners of war, continued to serve as an active nursing unit until their liberation in February 1945.