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Hedy Lamarr was called the "most beautiful woman in the world" in her day. But what most don't know is that she had the brains to match her beauty, she invented "spread spectrum communications" and "frequency hopping". The U.S. Navy eventually applied this technology to radios used during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and it went on to shape modern technologies such as GPS, Bluetooth in headsets and phones, and U.S. military guided missiles.

Empress Farah Pahlavi of Iran is the former Queen and exiled Empress of Iran. She is the widow of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the Shah of Iran, and the only person to hold the office of Empress since pre-Islamic Iran. The Royal family left Iran in 1979 when the Ayatollah Khomeni came to power, and started the Iranian Revolution. She and the Shah were on the throne together from 1967 until 1979.

Inspiration photo: Helen, Duchess of Albany, on her wedding day to Prince Leopold, (youngest son of Queen Victoria). Two lovely Victorian cameos hang by a ribbon on her sleeve /~VelkokneznaMaria on deviantART

Jock Hume, played the violin in Titanic's band. Starcrossed lovers: Jock Hume, right, in a portrait released by his family after the Titanic sank. Left, Mary Costin in 1915. Click on picture to read their story.

People of Upper Egypt. These are the faces of people that are remnants of the great civilization of the Pharaohs. Although you almost never see them in the modern Egyptian media, the original people are still there largely un-mixed and with separate culture. They have largely been squeezed out of the popular culture, but they are still proud and surviving.

Queen Fawzia of Iran, daughter of the Egyptian king Fuad I, wife to the Iranian shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi. during her marriage to the Shah of Iran (from 1939 to 1948)

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Sally Hemings

Sarah “Sally” Hemings was a mixed race slave owned by Thomas Jefferson. Several of Jefferson’s household slaves were the grown children of his father-in-law John Wayles and the enslaved woman Betty Hemings, who were brought to the marriage by Jefferson’s wife. In turn, the widower Jefferson had a long relationship with Wayle’s and Betty’s daughter Sally Hemings. She was much younger than Jefferson, an enslaved woman who was mostly of white ancestry and half-sister to his late wife.

On 24 Sept. 1944, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the C-47 made a forced landing. During the landing, a propeller tore through the fuselage and severed the trachea of one patient. She made a suction tube from various items including the inflation tube from a Mae West, keeping the man’s throat clear of blood for 19 hours. All of her patients survived. For her actions, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

About 760 BC, the Nubians of the Kush Empire invaded and conquered Egypt beginning the period of the Black Pharaohs. They made Meroë (pronounced mayor-way) their capitol. They built Jebel Barkel (or Napata) as a sign that Egypt belongs to Nubia. And for their Kings and Queens, who ruled equally, they built these distinctly Nubian pyramids. Their kingdom would last longer than the Egyptians and would end with their defeat by another African empire, the Kingdom of Axum in 656 BC.