St Jude Children's Hospital started with a promise Danny Thomas made in 1962. Today, St. Jude has grown to be a salvation for children with the catastrophic diseases.
Keanu Reeves is truly a genuine and humble humanitarian. His movies The Matrix and the John Wick Series have made him an international star, and he is on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Joe Louis, the Greatest boxer, reigned for 11 years as heavyweight champion. But, he broke the color barrier in PGA Golf by challenging the 'Caucasians Only by-law in 1952!
In June 1944, a 14-year-old black boy was sentenced to death by an all-white jury in South Carolina. A sham trial took just three hours and ended with a 10-minute verdict. He was electrocuted on June 16, 1944.
Vincent van Gogh was plagued throughout his life with a psychiatric illness. He was known as the 'mad artist' yet he produced over 2000 artworks including 800 oil paintings. He was only one of several artists affected by mental illness.
The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is located in the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and California and is larger than the state of Texas. It is a collection of marine debris and microplastics harmful to animal and human life.
Age spots, or liver spots, are a part of aging that most of us will face. They seem to appear after age 50 and are not dangerous. They are flat dark spots appearing on the face, hands, and arms.
Fred Harvey and his Harvey Girls served to open the American West, providing excellent, fresh food served by efficient and trained women. Together they allowed the public to travel to see the West in relative comfort.
The fifty-foot stainless steel Dignity statue depicts an Indigenous woman in Plains dress style receiving a Star Quilt. Created to honor North American culture created by Sculptor Dale Lamphere.
Opening in 1907, Ziegfeld Girls was the inspiration using the Follies Bergere of Paris. Florenz Ziegfeld took it further using American beautiful girls dressed in flamboyant costumes with famous stars of Hollywood singers, comedians, and dancers.
The Lynnewood Mansion of Philadelphia, known as the "American Versailles," construction began in 1897 and was completed in 1900 for the Peter Widener family. The Lynnewood Hall Preservation Foundation was established to acquire funds for its preservation.
Known today as the Hoover Dam as it creates the largest reservoir, Lake Mead, and provides power and water to millions. Work began during the Great Depression and was dangerous for the workers.
Superstitions have been around for the millennium. They are common among people of all occupations, education, and income levels. They give us the illusion that we have some control over what may happen next.
The surge of book banning results from a network of political and advocacy groups targeting books with LGBTQ and storylines involving characters of color. It is alarming, on the rise and we should all be afraid of our rights.
In the scope of occupations, there are several reasons why some jobs no longer exist. In the early days' work was often simple tasks for basic needs. Today, A-I, computers, and automation have replaced humans. Take a look at some jobs that are obsolete today.
There has always been a question of the origin of man. Thanks to Svante Paabo, a geneticist of the Max Planck Institute and recent Nobel Prize winner, and his discovery of extinct humans and the new field of DNA Studies called paleogenomics.
Every institution that houses rare books, manuscripts, and maps are subject to theft. It is almost too easy, as years can go by before any theft is uncovered. Antique, rare maps, and books are prized around the globe for historical, beauty, and cultural significance.
Women have long been hidden in the shadows of science. Their contributions and discoveries have been grabbed by male counterparts, and the term "the Matilda effect" was coined to describe their achievements and recognition being denied.
Belle Greene, passing as White, became the personal librarian for J.P. Morgan. Born to Black parents in 1879, she reinvented herself to gain access to a white world as J.P. Morgan's Personal Librarian.
The true story of a self-amputation by mountain climber Aron Ralston after five days trapped by a boulder in Blue John Canyon, Utah. His perseverance and determination set him free. The movie 127 Hours was nominated for six Academy Awards.
A tragic, heartbreaking love story of a socialite, Blanche Monnier, was locked in an attic by her mother for 25 years when she refused to give up the man she loved. Locked in a dark room in isolation leading to her mental illness.
High IQ may be great, but it fails to measure emotional, social, artistic skills, or creativity. Geniuses may appear to be outcasts or loners with difficulty adjusting socially. Groups like MENSA or PROMETHEUS exist to bond with others of high intelligence.
Frances Glessner Lee was born in the gilded age to wealthy parents in Chicago in 1878. Her fame came from her miniature dioramas of authentic crime scenes for training homicide detectives.
The great Nation of the Osage Indians was forced to cede their ancestral lands several times before settling in Oklahoma. Karma was good for them as oil was discovered on their reservation in 1906, making the extremely rich. Then the murders and corruption began.
Alaska is a beautiful, vast area. It's also covered in the wilderness, secluded with mountains, vortexes, anomalies, lots of legends, and UFOs.
Halloween is one of the Top Five Holidays. The holiday dates back 2000 years to the ancient Celts. It was then called Samhain. Today, it's a billion-dollar bonanza.
Charles Jackson French swam 6-8 hours in shark-infested waters to save 15 men from their sunken ship hit by Japanese bombs.
Without the Merchant Marines, America could not have won the Revolutionary War and the fight for Independence. Their contributions were vital throughout the decades, yet they were never recognized as Veterans.
The most watched sporting event in the world! The LV II Super Bowl is set! It will be held at the State Farm Stadium, Glendale, Arizona. Unofficially it is known as an American Holiday.
England ordered the deportation of thousands of French Acadians from 1755-1763. And 250 years later, Queen Elizabeth II issued a Proclamation acknowledging the wrongs they did to the Acadian people.
There are always two sides to every story. Criticism is rampant about the new LIV GOLF league. Saudi Arabia throwing BIG money to players to sign with them. But, at what cost to these players? Can money buy a soul?
Almost 100 years ago, a legend was born named the Four horsemen. They were forever enshrined in American football. Knute Rockne, head coach and the genius of football. On October 18, 1924, Notre Dame upset Army at the Polo Grounds in New York City
Hetty Green is known as Queen and Witch of Wall Street. The Guinness Book also called her the "World's Greatest Miser." Read on to learn about her.
Henry Ford dreamed of his own village growing rubber trees in the Amazon forest. In 1928 his goal was to break the monopoly of Britain and the rubber industry. But, it was a colossal disaster.
The Supreme Court has given the public a disastrous summer with more to come. The Court is unbalanced and biased toward special interests and GOP politicians. Faith in the Supreme Court has dwindled to a low of 30%..
It was the ancient Greeks who paved the way for democracy. They developed a system of self-government that influenced how our Founding Fathers set out to construct the United States government. They gave us the Rules of Law that prevents abuses of power by those who believe they are above the law.
Over two hundred years ago while Napoleon was invading Egypt in the town of Rosetta, a stone was discovered written in three languages. This ancient stone would unlock the key to decoding hieroglypics.
A unique way to boost your brain. Learning facts promotes dopamine similar to gambling without the negative effects. It is a cool way to learn a variety of facts and can be fun, addictive, and healthy.
Sea turtles have roamed and maintained the health of our oceans for 100 million years. Unfortunately, mankind is driving them to extinction.
The American Revolutionary War had no greater general than Benedict Arnold yet he turned traitor. Without his military accomplishments, America might never have gained its Independence. Arnold and his wife lived in exile in London after his treason.
A remarkable woman, Nellie Cashman, was known as the Angel of the Yukon for dog-sledding through wolves, ten feet of snow, and avalanches to save starving miners bringing supplies and medicine to save hundreds of miners.
A murder mystery of 1866 inspired the legendary folk song Tom Dooley sung by the Kingston Trio in 1958 soaring to #1 on Music Industry Charts.
The slave, Angelique was accussed, convicted, tortured, and hanged in 1734. But, was she a scapegoat or truly innocent?
From 1859-to 1932 some 100,000 poor and orphaned children were shipped to Canada for a better life. Advocates believed a viable and benevolent solution could be had. Anne MacPherson and Dr. Barnardo were pioneers of child migration.
John McDermott was the first U.S. born to win a U.S. Open event. And he did this at age nineteen! In 1916 admitted to a mental hospital in Pennsylvania for the rest of his life. A humanitarian act of Arnold Palmer to McDermott shortly before he died in 1971.
Lewis Hine was instrumental in giving the public an 'eye' into the abuses of child labor. Going undercover, he used his camera to capture the horrors of working children.
Deadly diseases have been among humans for thousands of years. It was not understood transmission or how to treat them. Millions died throughout pandemics and during the Black Death, which was known as the greatest disaster of history.
Mark Twain was one of the best-loved authors. Known for his humor and dry wit. He made a fortune but with bad investments, lost a fortune. Best remembered for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer. His books have been translated in 75 languages.
An insurrection by White Supremacists on November 10, 1898, happened in Wilmington, North Carolina 1898. They were set on overthrowing the legitimately elected politicians of the bi-racial government.
The most famous spy ring of the Revolutionary War. Organized by General George Washington and Major Benjamin Tallmadge in 1778. Using code names they infiltrated the British Army obtaining their troop secrets.
Both the Union and the Confederate had women, spies during the Civil War. Although spying was extremely dangerous, women were often overlooked as spies. Yet their unique female skills proved to be assets in acquiring secrets of the other side and useful to generals.
Born in 1922, Charles "Sparky" Schulz always wanted to draw cartoons. When he started submitting, he was often rejected but he kept going. His big break came in 1950 when PEANUTS was published and he became famous for his characters with Charlie Brown.
Giant squid and his cousin, the colossal squid are elusive, enormous, and ferocious. Tales of monsters sinking ships, drowning sailors told for years. Squid are fascinating, rarely seen by man, and the primary source of food by sperm whales.
Eons ago when the continents were breaking away from Gondwana to form what today are the seven continents: Asia, Africa, Europe, North America, South America, Australia, and Antarctica. Now, scientists confirm the new continent called Zealandia.
Lewis Carroll, using his pen name, wrote Alice In Wonderland in 1856 based on a young girl and her sisters as they shared picnics. He made up stories enchanting them. Alice In Wonderland has never been out of print and published in over 70 languages.
Joseph Merrick, known as the Elephant Man was born in 1863 with no symptoms of what would change his life forever. Born with a disease so rare it only affects one in one million. Known as a mutation of the gene AKT1, today called PROTEUS SYNDROME.
There are numerous health benefits of laughter. April is National Humor Month bringing awareness of the therapeutic value of humor. The world needs more joy and hopes to improve our mental and physical health.
Tommy Armour was seriously wounded in WW I with a shattered arm, a metal plate in his head, and blind from mustard gas. Yet he went on to win several PGA golf championships and was a renowned teacher of golf to many.
Prince William was generous, warm, loyal, and a risk-taker. He flew his own planes, trekked the Sahara, and flew in balloons. But, he fell in love with the wrong lady and died in a plane crash in 1972.
Sir David Attenborough has inspired millions with his passion for nature and its fragile beauty. His documentaries include Planet Earth, The Blue Planet, Wildlife, and many others. He has traveled two million miles around the globe to bring us the best of nature.
Blizzards are dangerous and devastating causing loss of life, millions in damages, and paralyzing transportation and communications.
The Whitney Plantation is the first designed around the enslaved giving them a voice. Memorials on the plantation such as A Wall Of Honor with names of 350 enslaved to educate visitors about their lives.
Samurai warriors were a military nobility known for discipline, intelligence, skill, and courage. They operated from 1183 until the Meiji Restoration of 1876.
We owe a debt to Elizabeth Blackwell in medicine due to her perseverance and advocating for women physicians. Elizabeth defied odds becoming the first female doctor in the U.S. She was a champion for women guiding them to become physicians,
Hattie McDaniel was the first African American to win an Oscar playing the maid Mammy in Gone With The Wind in 1939.
Alice Ball was an African-American with an M.S. in chemistry and discovered the treatment for leprosy. However, a powerful white man took the discovery as his own and named it the Dean Method.
Audrey Hepburn endured tragedy throughout her life. She lived the horrors of WW II, the starvation of the war, and the desertion of her father. She went on to become a celebrated actress and a Goodwill Ambassador.
Henry J. Heinz was a man ahead of his time building from a small garden plot into a worldwide, billion-dollar empire. And doing it with the best products, in the safest way, and utilizing marketing skills.
The Color Barrier was broken in 1947 ib the MLB National League by Jackie Robinson and by Larry Doby in the MLB American League. Doby was the second African American to break the barrier and was somewhat forgotten for his contribution to MLB.
In medieval times, this was an unconsecrated graveyard in London for prostitutes, paupers, and criminals. There are no headstones, only an iron gate with ribbons, beads, and mementos.
Lawyer, Temple Lea Houston was considered one of the finest orators in the country. Son of famous Sam Houston, Temple made a name for himself as a lawyer and his theatrics in the courtroom. And always with his Colt 45.
Norman Rockwell championed small-town America endearing him to millions. He had an eye for every detail and became the most famous illustrator in the world. His works trace the history of the 20th century and is known as "The Story Teller of America."
If not for a freak accident, John Heisman might never have become a legend in American football. He changed the game forever with his numerous innovations.
Scott Joplin, a legend of Ragtime combing classical with syncopated African rhythm leading the public to the age of Jazz. He won a Pulitzer Prize posthumously for his contribution to music.
REad about one of the best-equipped expeditions in Australia's history that turned into a huge failure. Nineteen men, led by Burke and Wills, left Melbourne, Australia on a 2000-mile trip in 1860, but only one survived.
An extraordinary man with many skills. A master fencer, composer, conductor, and violin virtuoso. Yet, racial discrimination never allowed him to have the credit he deserved.
The Green Book was a guidebook for African American road trippers. There was widespread discrimination and Jim Crow laws used against blacks all across America. It was a dangerous time for blacks to travel.
Throughout the world no one made more people laugh than Charlie Chaplin. He was the first megastar and often called the most famous man who ever lived. But there was another side of him also.
Imagine diving 6.78 miles into a dark unknown world beneath the ocean. Water covers 70% of our planet yet we have only explored 5% of the Oceans. Is it possible the secrets could save our planet?
Boho Chic is an unconventional lifestyle associated with hippie fashions of the 60s and 70s. Yet it started way back in the 19th century. Today, it is a relaxed, artistic, and creative fashion.
A duel means 'a war between two.' Dueling has been around for centuries and brought to America in colonial times. Lasting from the 1600s to the last duel in 1859. Dueling lost its luster after the bloody Civil War.
Thomas Francis Meagher, an Irish leader in the Young Irelander Rebellion of 1848 and a Brigadier General of the Union in the Civil War. Founder of Co. K of the 69th Irish Brigade.
The Mary Rose sank with 500 men aboard as King Henry VIII watched in horror from Southsea Castle. It would be 400 years before this fine ship would be discovered and raised to be seen again.
Mary McLeod Bethune will have her marble statue placed in Washington's Hall of Statues. Mary looked past the racial divide to educate youth. She became a presence on the national stage advising presidents on racial issues and achieved many milestones during her life.
There is a triangle on Lake Michigan known as the Devil's Triangle from Benton Harbor, Michigan to Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Ludington, Michigan. A mysterious triangle of ships lost, unexplained people missing, planes missing, and paranormal activities baffling researchers for decades.
California has a long and rich history occupied by Indigenous Indians for hundreds of years. The Spanish wanted to spread Christianity and sent Father Serra to establish missions to convert the Indians. The first mission was built in 1769 in San Diego, California.
Over 300 years ago, a night of betrayal, deceit and a trap was when an army of soldiers slaughtered the unsuspecting Clan Macdonald on a winter night in Glencoe. The soldiers ignored the Highlanders' code of hospitality.
Horatio Nelson was small in stature but a giant for the British Royal Navy. He was successful in paving the control for Britain to rule the seas for over 100 years. Masterful in strategy in numerous battles and revered in Britain.
Over 900 years ago, the Knights Templar began as a group to protect pilgrims to the Holy Land, accumulated wealth, power and became financial giants only to be betrayed by King Phillip IV of France.
Today, witch hunts are tools of the powerful and those in authority to attack the oppressed. Trump bellows out "Witch Hunt" hundreds of times to rev up his bases and flip the words to make himself a victim.
The Stanley Cup is the oldest and hardest trophy in professional sports to win. It is the Holy Grail of hockey. First awarded in 1893 and every year for the next 128 years except for the 1919 Flu Epidemic and in 2004-05 in lockout between players and the league.
The first deep-water rescue in history was 5/23/1939 using the Momsen Bell and the rescue of the crew in 240 feet of water. The USS Squalus sank off Portsmouth, New Hampshire, Isle of Shoals, but the courage of the crew and rescuers is one of history.
Both sisters inherited a fortune with The saint, Jane Fleming, Countess of Harrington, and her scandalous sister Seymour Fleming, Lady Worsley were as night and day. Lady Worsley is known for her 27 lovers and a famous trial
The Amber Room is considered the most famous valuable piece of art ever looted by the Nazis after WW II. If found today the value is estimated at 300-500 million dollars. Thus far, it has never been found.
A king's treasure worth 70 million dollars buried in the Wash, Norfolk, U.K. Is still buried there beneath years of tides and sand? Could it still be found? Or was it found and never divulged? What a historical find it would be.
Faberge Eggs were opulent, extravagant, jeweled, and symbolized wealth, power, and self-indulgence worth millions. Fifty Faberge eggs were made exclusively for the Royal Imperial Family of Russia. Eight of the Faberge Eggs are still missing.
The leading authority is The Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change. An organization of 195 countries, and 234 scientists. We can no longer ignore the consequences of warnings from science we have been ignoring.
A National Historic Landmark. Confederate POW camp and cemetery and attempted rescue of the prisoners by Confederate volunteers.
Many theories of the origin of the Melungeons exist. There is no single theory or absolute proof of their origins. Ostracized by the white neighbors they choose to live in a community of their own. They lived in poverty mostly around Newman Ridge dependant on no one but each other.
Bogs are crucial to archaeology and serve as unique records of ancient history. More important today to the ecological system and climate control. Hundreds of bog mummies have been excavated in Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland, Europe, and America.
For decades the theory has been the Clovis people were the first to migrate to North America crossing the Bering Strait. However, new evidence challenges that theory.
A magnificent mansion called the Grey Gardens of East Hampton owned by Edith Bouvier Beale that became a squalor of poverty and home to cats, raccoons, and garbage. Edith was aunt to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
Pele, the greatest Brazilian football (soccer) player of all time and the global ambassador of FIFA and the UN for racism and children's causes. From poverty to greatness.
Picasso reshaped the modern and contemporary art world. He was responsible for the artistic influence of Cubism. A difficult man yet he was the most dominant artist of the early 20th century.
Word Prompt per Brenda Arledge. My attempt to use the word Regret in a poem.
Imagine Florida in the 1890s full of swamps, mosquitoes, alligators, few people, and a few Native Americans. But, both Tuttle and Flagler saw the potential of prosperity. Turns out they were right.
There are many different causes of sinkholes that include man-made ones, global warming, geohazards, landslides, and even earthquakes. Sinkholes happen all around the world causing severe damage and loss of life.
Two of the greatest finds of the 20th century in England were buried 1300 years ago. The Sutton Hoo and the Stafford Hoard discoveries were valued at 3.3 and 5.3 million respectfully.
Poveglia Island, Italy has a long, dark history dating back thousands of years. It was used as a refuge for the Venetians, a burying place, and an asylum for the mentally ill and horrendous experiments.
Discoveries at L'Anse aux Meadow confirm Viking landed in North America in 1000 A.D. Leif Erikson landed first on Baffin Island, then sailed south to Markland and Vinland. He and his crew set up camp to wait out the winter.
The Eiffel Tower is the showcase of Paris. Annually, some seven million visit the Tower. The light shows of the Tower are tantalizing and an inspiration to artists. Built in 1889 for the World's Fair is stands today as the largest monument in all of Paris.
In 1815, Mt. Tamora erupted causing a darkened world blocking the sun, the collapse of agriculture, global pandemics, and killing thousands for years.
Edgar Allan Poe is famous for penning the first detective story and his many poems and stories written in the morbid style. His most famous, The Raven, published in 1845 brought him an instant success in his quest to be recognized.
The Town of Marazion, Cornwall, the UK with the famous island Castle of Mount St. Michaels and is one of the most visited sites in Cornwall with Mount's Bay offering a variety of watersports and glorious beaches.
During the Progressive Era, Muckrakers played an important role in the corruption of corporations, politicians, and government. One of the best muckrakes was Ida Tarbell and the Standard Oil Company and John D. Rockefeller's monopolies.
George Lyon won the Gold Medal in 1904 the Olympics and held the record for over 100 years until 2016 when Justin Thomas won it in Brazil. George won his medal at age 46. He never even took IP golf until he was 36 years old.
Fire destroyed so much of New York several times in the 19th century. The city was growing fast, water was critical, poor sanitation, and wooden buildings were a recipe for disaster. In 1835, the Great Fire broke out in Manhattan destroying 700 buildings.
Cleopatra's Needle is an Egyptian Antiquity gifted to the United States in 1879 and is the oldest man-made monument in New York. It was carved 1460 B.C. crafted from a single block of red granite standing 69 feet high, weighing 220 tons.
David Thompson, his greatest discovery was the Columbia River exploring and mapping the 1243 miles. He was called the greatest land geographer of the world. One was quoted as saying David made Lewis and Clark look like tourists.
A somber effect of human behavior and loss of habitat, and climate changes have led to the extinction of birds and animals. Could extinctions have been avoided? Can conservation curb these devastating extinctions?
Alluring pioneer supermodel Donyale Luna. She was the first African American model to grace covers of Vogue and Harper's Bazzar magazines. Luna paved the way for today's famous models like Tyra Banks, Naomi Sims, and Iman.
It is healthy to have friendships and when we have them, we must cherish them.
Sam Bellamy, the richest pirate, called the" Robinhood of the sea". Flashy, charismatic, and dashing. Known for his generosity and fairness. Fell in love but needed to establish means to provide for his love so he took to piracy.
Calvin Peete never picked up a golf club till he was 23 but went on to win 12 times on the PGA tour and many awards. From humble beginnings with arm severely handicapped. Almost never missed a fairway. Could also be called a Straight Arrow.
A prompt per Brenda Arledge Challenge
Curt Flood played 15 seasons in MLB and forever changed baseball. He sacrificed his career, sued MLB, and was instrumental in securing free agency for the players. This led to him being blackballed from baseball.
Bridget "Biddy" Mason Born a slave in 1818, walked to Utah, California, sued, and won her freedom.from slavery Bought land in Los Angeles, first African American LA millionaire, and philanthropist. Gave to charity, fed the poor, and established First A.M.E. church in LA.
The Age of Discovery covered the 15th to 18th centuries. Although Prince Henry did not sail himself, he was instrumental for financing and training explorers like de Gama, Magellan, Cabral, and Corte Real. The Portuguese led the way to the Age of Discovery.
My first attempt at the challenge for poetry. Not sure how this is done but I used the prompt Tomorrow.
The Roaring Twenties ushered in an economically prosperous and redefining period for the population Many factors helped to create the infamous Roaring Twenties. Flappers were in the limelight, Jazz and dancing were everywhere along with Prohibition.
Centuries before Columbus a thriving city, the size of London existed in southern Illinois with thousands of people. Today, the site is a World-Historic site (UNESCO). It is an unsolved mystery why it was abandoned.
Louise Suggs, one of the co-founders of LPGA. Turning Pro in 1948 she went on to win 61 times, 11 majors with career money of $190,475. She learned golf from her father at age ten going on to have a major impact on the Game of Golf.
Signet rings date back thousands of years within the elite and wealthy. In ancient and medieval times, they were worn for the identification and authentication of legal documents. Nowadays, they are the latest fashion trend.
Nicknames are given to us for different reasons and in sports most players have nicknames. Most PGA golfers have nicknames given them by sportswriters, other players, and even fams. They are playful and fun and sometimes we forget their real names.
A key ingredient to improve your health with powerful benefits. And, fortunately, you don't need insurance to cover the cost. The medical field acknowledges the benefits of laughter and promotes it to its patients.
For over 500 years Nostradamus has been making predictions of events about to happen. There are believers and non-believers. Some say his prophecies are too vague and cryptic but many remain believers.
Before Tiger Woods, there was Charles Sifford, the First African American to earn a PGA card and be inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame. Tiger named his son after Sifford and considered him the 'grandfather' he never had.
Cybercrime this year will cost 6 TRILLION and by 2025, expected to cost 10 TRILLION. Every 39 seconds hackers create chaos. It increases every year as we become more dependent on technology. In Short- Be Cautious, Be Proactive, and Be Informed.
The Masterpiece of -the Bayeux Tapestry made in 1077 and its place in the history of England depicting Norman William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hasting 1066 with William being crowned King of England.
It was a 17-year-old, Jackie Mitchell, playing in an exhibition game against New York Yankees in 1931 when she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig. The papers had a field day and the fans loved it. Was it a fluke or was it real? But it did happen.
Nature's Magic and Rainbows are really optical phenomenons. Beautiful to see, beautiful, and colorful. Rare and even rarer are double it triple rainbows. And there is the legend of the Pot of Gold.
In 1925, Fitzgerald's novel, The Great Gatsby sold only 25,000 copies at $2. each. Today, the novel has sold over 30 million copies. The novel has been made into an opera, five film versions, a Taylor Swift song, and hundreds of articles.
Josh Gibson was the second of the Negro League players inducted in 1972 into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Rated as one of the Greatest Baseball Players by The Sporting News. It is said he terrified pitchers and batting average record of 441.
The first Earth Day began in 1970 with 20 million participants to empower and expand the environmental movement. Today, 52 years later over one billion people all over the globe participate in Earth Day. It takes ALL of us to save the planet.
There are several legends of St. Valentine and how we came to celebrate love. Today it's a billion-dollar retail bonanza and is second in sending cards after Christmas.
Pioneers in the covered wagons could be the first RVers but the TIN CAN TOURISTS hold the honor. Founded in 1910, it was the first RV Club in the U.S. Today, there are one million full-time RVers and others part-time.
A perfect place for hiking, biking, sand surfing, and backpacking. The sights of Death Valley are beautiful and full of wonder. Death Valley National Park is the largest National Park in the U.S. with one million visitors per year.
The Forbidden City is a 600-year-old testament to Chinese culture and history. It is truly a walk back into the time of emperors.
Mina Hubbard a Canadian explorer with no experience who mapped the interior of Labrador and traveled the 576 miles of the George River, photographing the geography, flora and wilderness.
Acting as assistant district attorney under Thomas Dewey, Eunice Carter, the African American Legal Eagle spearheaded the charge and conviction of mafia boss Lucky Luciano while fighting race and gender discrimination.
Life was hard in Colonial America and harder for the slaves brought by the Dutch West Indie Company in the 1600s. New York also needed slaves to build the city and the shipping harbor. Because of the slaves in New York, prosperity thrived and a city was born.
Times were extremely hard after the Civil War and again during the depression and the dust bowl era. The only way to survive was to take to the rails seeking jobs and survival. Few options existed for these people.
It was Old Money vs. New Money. The British needed money for their castles and the very rich American daughters needed titles. So it became wealth for titles.
The Oldest Continuous Sports Event in America, The Kentucky Derby.
Greta Garbo, a Swedish actress and MGM'S biggest asset in the 1920s and 1930s. Elusive throughout her life, hated crowds and reporters. She preferred privacy uttering "I want to be left alone."
Moe Norman, the golfer was also known as "Pipeline Moe," was a skilled and accurate driving machine. He was a bit eccentric, and extremely shy, but he did it all his way.
L'Amour, best selling author of Westerns with over 100 novels. He wrote with magic, authenticity, filled with human faults and hard edges. At one point he was outselling John Steinbeck and James Michener.
It was very different in 17th century Europe when women had almost no rights, arranged marriages to abusive husbands unable to divorce, and sometimes had to resort to other methods such as using secret poisoners.
We need safe crossings to preserve our wildlife and avoid costly vehicle collisions, injuries, and loss of life.
Red Grange, a National Treasure and One in a Million football player who was influential in promoting collegiate football and bringing the NFL to life.
She invented herself, her name, conned her way to the top, lived the New York society life, and then spent twenty-four years as a recluse in a hotel room.
There was a time when jazz was the dominant form of popular music. Jazz is about the heart and soul of music. Jazz is credited to African American musicians of New Orleans, La.
The most famous of wax museums due to Madame's skills, personality, and business sense. Her life-like figures are seen around the world. Royalty, sports figures, celebrities, and other famous characters.
Two of the most famous naturalists and theory of evolution. Both praised and respected each other. Darwin is created with the theory but Wallace, ever so humble was delighted with Darwin receiving the acclaim. Both would be recognized for contributions to science,
Thousands of years ago the buffalo roaming the plains and allowed Native Indians survival. They became skilled using buffalo jumps reaping the benefits of herding hundreds together to benefit a tribe for food, clothing, tools, and for their tepees.
Weather vanes are both decorative and utilitarian and highly collectible. The Tower of the Winds in Athens is considered the world's first weather station.
Although executed as a spy, was Mata Hari really innocent? Her secret trial records were sealed for 100 years. Over 250 biographies and novels are written about her and a movie with Greta Garbo starring.
The supercontinents 299 million years ago and the possible scenarios of our future continents moving back to another pangea.
From an orphan to a blockbuster fashion career, Coco had many rich lovers, yet accused of being a Nazi spy. She gave women elegant timeless designs. Her signature perfume Chanel No. 5 remains timeless worldwide.
A 340-year-old mystery. Who wrote the Dighton Rock and what does it say? There are many different theories but NO ONE can decipher the carvings.
A national aviation hero, Charles A. Lindbergh, who set the world ablaze with a solo flight from N.Y. to Paris in 1927. Married with six children but with a secret life of three mistresses, and seven secret children.
Passing wind power farms and the Redwood Forest while traveling 3382 miles alone, here is my trip across America—from the Atlantic Ocean in Florida to the Pacific Ocean in Brookings, Oregon.
A true pioneer heroine, a frontier scout, spy, as she saved Charleston, W. Virginia from Indian arrack in 1761 by horseback ride of 100 miles through Indian lines to secure gun powder for Ft. Lee.
Prehistoric marine life and monsters swimming in America, leaving fossils for scientists to discover specimens for museum displays for us to see what they were like.
Almost forgotten, Charles Wilkes commanded the Wilkes Expedition in 1838 lasting four years giving America scientific and mapping contributions critical to our history.
Civil War, also called "The Boys War" because of the ages of some of the drummer boys. Some as young as nine, some even awarded the Medal of Honor for their valiant roles. They played an important role and became loved by all.
A unique individual, billy baar has lived s a hermit for 40 years recording elements of nature in Colorado for science. His valuable contributions have enabled scientists to address climate change and environmental issues.
A former monastery, a military fort, and a prison. Today, voted by the World Travel Awards as one of Europe's Leading Tourist Attractions. A ferry from Cohn, Ireland to Spike Island in Cork Harbour
There are believers and non-believers but there have been sightings of Bigfoot, Yeti, Loch-Ness, and Abdominal Snowmen for years. The search for Bigfoot is on-going to prove to science he is real.
A female pioneer pilot, Harriet Quimby led the way for women aviators.
American explorer, photographer, and writer faced discrimination because she was a woman. Became known as the "Mrs. Marco Polo"' at a time women should be 'homemakers'.
Barbara Washburn, the first woman to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in 1947 with husband Brad Washburn. The Washburns and the Gold Standard Map of the Grand Canyon.
The polar bear descended from the Irish Brown Bear some 150,000 years ago. The polar bear lives in the Arctic sea ice and is vital to our environment and the Arctic people for their survival.
The beauty and spirit, and culture of Indigenous people need to be protected. They provide invaluable contributions to the planet.
J. J. Astor building Ft. Astoria, 1811, and the shipwreck of the Tonquin. Astor formed the Pacific Fur Company hoping to gain a monopoly on the west coast.
The oldest mummy found in America discovered in Nevada, in 1940 by archaeologists and DNA dates it to 10,600 years old.
The forgotten heroines of WW II and the women with shovels and axes filling the jobs of the men gone to war. The need for timber for ships, railroad ties, and telegraph poles was critical and the women became heroines.
Known as Fellis du roi, 800 women were recruited bt the king and sent to New France with a dowry to populate the colonies. These 800 were the "Mothers of French Canadians.
C.R.Patterson, born in slavery made history in the auto industry when he and son started their compant in Ohio.
Nellie Bly, the first female investigative reporter who became famous for writing her book, Ten Days in a Mad-house, when she went undercover to expose the atrocities of an insane asylum.
Where photography of child labor and social issues helped change the laws. Lewis Hine, master of photography enlightened the world.
Squanto, the American Indian who befriended the Pilgrims in the settling of Plymouth, Massachusettes. Squanto spoke excellent English and taught the Pilgrims how to plant and harvest food to survive.
Born to fugitive slave parents, Elijah went on to become an inventor of the automatic lubricating machine that revolutionized the railroad industry.
Hannah Duston, captured by Indians in a harrowing attack in 1697 but managed to escape, scalped her captors and made it back home. The town of Haverhill, Massachusettes called her a hero.
Almost forgotten writer, adventurer, author, Richard Halliburton, completed adventures before the writing of his experiences. He experienced unusual dangerous and unique adventures, such as swimming the Panama Canal in 10 days, swimming in the Taj Mahal!
Discovered in 1999, with glaciers melting in British Columbia, 1000 miles north of Vancouver, the oldest well-preserved human remains were found by accident.
We must improve accountability in the justice system. The U.S. leads with most wrongful convictions. Once convicted, almost impossible to prove otherwise.
A silent witness to dark secrets. Royals, prisoners, witches, King James VII born in Edinburgh Castle. Queen Margaret's Chapel still standing built by her son, King David of Scotland.
Newgrange, built about 3200 B.C. by stone-age people and astronomers with the world's oldest solar observatory, and one of the best examples of a passage-grave tomb.