Adrian Carton de Wiart was a soldier in the British military during the Boer War, World War I as well as World War II. His battlefield injuries involved losing his left hand, and his left eye as well as being shot in the ankle, ear, face, stomach, hip, groin, and more. He still lived to be 83.
Emma Rowena Gatewood is known in the backpacking community as Grandma Gatewood. She holds the distinction of being the first female to solo hike the entire 2,168 miles of the Appalachian Trail completing it in 1955 at age 67.
Toilet paper is a common bathroom item around the world. The story behind its invention and development is fascinating. From its early beginning in China to the invention of the toilet paper roll, it has improved the bathroom experience for millions of people.
Susan Traves is the only woman to serve in the French Foreign Legon. She was awarded several medals for her service during World War II and more. Travers was even given France’s Médaille Militaire, which is the country’s highest military honor.
In 1869 there was a state law in Iowa that limited the taking of the bar exam to any white male. Arabella Mansfield ignored this law and took the bar exam to become a lawyer. She got high scores. After winning a court battle, she became the first female lawyer in the United States.
Virginia Hall was a World War II spy. She had one leg but still went behind enemy lines in France to organize resistance to German occupation. Hall was considered the most dangerous Allied spy by Germany's Gestapo.
In 1971, LANSA Flight 508 crashed. The only survivor was Juliane Koepcke. She was thrown from the plane and survived her landing. She then survived ten days alone in the Amazon rainforest.
Crayons are considered one of the most recognizable mediums used in art. They are a pigmented wax stick. Using them is an enjoyable experience for children as well as adults. They have a fascinating history. Read on for the full story!
Apparitions began appearing at St Mary's Church in Egypt in 1968. It was viewed by hundreds of thousands of people by the time it stopped in 1971. Some believe it was the Virgin Mary. There are theories about what it could have been. Science is still unable to determine its exact origin.
Betty Brosmer won over 50 beauty contests before she reached the age of 20. Her looks earned her a spot modeling for hundreds of book and magazine covers as well as advertisements and more. Betty Brosmer was the top-earning supermodel of the 1950s.
Luke Burgie became severely ill in 1998. He was four years old. Doctors did tests but couldn't find anything wrong. Two nuns prayed a novena for Burgie. The day after they finished, Burgie told his parents he was no longer hurting. He was cured. The illness never returned. Science can't explain it.
The character created by author Arthur Conan Doyle known as Sherlock Holmes has fascinated people around the world. He's been written about in books, television, and movies. Many individuals are surprised to discover Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person known as Dr. Joseph Bell.
The Antikythera Mechanism is a complicated gearwheel system. It was made over 2,000 years ago in ancient Greece. It can display the positions of the moon, sun, lunar phases, and more. It can predict eclipses for 223 months. The mechanism has a level of sophistication incredible for ancient Greece.
The stone spheres located in Costa Rica were made over 1,000 years ago. Nobody knows the reason they were made or how. Some are as large as a basketball and others are big enough to weigh several tons.
Jean Hilliard spent over six hours in -22 degree weather. By the time she was discovered, Hilliard was frozen solid. She came back to life at a hospital and had no permanent injuries from her experience.
Boriska Kirpriyanovich is a Russian child who has proven to be a genius. He has baffled many scientists with his extensive knowledge of the solar system. Kirpriyanovich claims he is originally from Mars and was reborn on earth.
The Nazca Lines are huge geoglyphs located in Peru. On the ground, they simply look like lines in the desert. In the air, the lines depict animals, people, and plants. They were created over 2,000 years ago. Nobody knows why they were created or how the Nazca people figured out how to make them.
The zipper was initially unpopular. The inventor and his business partner worked hard to show the world the benefits of the zipper. Today, it is used in clothing, bags, and many other products. The zipper now generates billions of dollars in sales annually.
Sunglasses have been around a long time. They have gone from being made of bone or ivory to aviator glasses designed to provide a person's eyes with UV protection. Today, sunglasses are part of fashion as well as an important part of protecting a person's eyes from the effects of the sun.
Early space exploration was only done by non-humans. Everything from fruit flies, to monkeys, dogs, and tortoises were astronauts before people were launched into space. Here's everything you need to know about the brave creatures that ventured to space before humans.
Victoria Woodhull is remembered for many things. She was an activist, spiritualist as well as a successful businesswoman. Woodhull is also the first female to run for president of the United States. She did this in 1872 and ran on the Equal Rights Party ticket.
Aloysius Alzheimer was a German Neuropathologist and psychiatrist. He is credited with discovering the first published case of a condition that was known as “presenile dementia.” His colleague Emil Kraepelin would later refer to this condition as Alzheimer's disease.
Blue jeans are a type of clothing that is popular around the world. They were invented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis in the 1800s. Blue jeans met the needs for tough clothing by miners coming to California during the gold rush.
Who was the Pinkerton Detective agency's first female detective? Kate Warne, a trailblazer in women's history, is recognized as the world's first female detective.
Mercedes-Benz was founded in 1926. It was not created by one person. The company was the result of contributions by four people. They were Gottlieb Daimler, Karl Benz, Emil Jellinek, and Wilhelm Maybach.
The Puckle gun is often referred to as the earliest machine gun. James Puckle patented it in 1718. The gun was never used during a war or combat operation. The British military did not purchase it.
Stanislav Petrov was a lieutenant colonel in the Soviet Air Defense Forces. In 1983, a false alarm from the Soviet early-warning air defense system occurred. Petrov didn't report it. Many believe by doing this he prevented a nuclear war. An investigation confirmed the Soviet system malfunctioned.
In the winter of 1902, Mary Anderson was on a trolley during a visit to New York City. She saw the trolley driver struggle to keep sleet off the windshield. He cleaned it by hand. This inspired her to create a device to clean the windshield. It would later be known as a windshield wiper.
Based on the FBI's investigation, Samuel Little is often considered the worst serial killer in American history. In 2018, Little admitted to committing more than 93 murders in a killing spree that lasted for more than three decades.
Louis Zamperini was a runner in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. He was in the Army Air Force During World War II. His plane crashed and he was captured by the Japanese. As a prisoner of war (POW), he was beaten and tortured by the Japanese. Zamperini eventually became a Christian Evangelist.
William James Sidis had one of the highest IQs in modern times. He was a student at Harvard when he was 11 and teaching at the university level at the age of 16. Unfortunately, his life was filled with tragedy and had a sad ending.
Janet Guthrie is the first female to qualify and compete in the Indianapolis 500 and the Daytona 500. Guthrie is also the first female to lead a lap of the Winston Cup Series for NASCAR.
Louis Le Prince invented the single-lens motion picture camera in 1888. He was on his way to a public premiere of his invention in New York in 1890 when he boarded a train in France and disappeared.
Bernice Shiner-Gera was the first female to be a Major League Baseball umpire. She retired from the sport after just one game. Gera's reasons for retiring were based on the treatment she experienced from other umpires as well as the many written and verbal threats she received.
Susanna Salter was an American female activist and politician. On April 4, 1887, she stunned the nation by being elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas. This made her the first woman to ever be elected mayor in the United States.
Sergeant Stubby was a dog who joined U.S. troops during World War I. He is credited with saving the lives of many American soldiers. Sergeant Stubby's acts of valor made him the most decorated dog in the history of the American military.
Mata Hari was a famous spy during World War I. She was convicted by France of being a spy for Germany. After an intense interrogation, Mata Hari admitted to taking money to work as a spy for the Germans. Many people believed she was innocent. Mata Hari was executed by a French firing squad in 1917.
Valentina Tereshkova was the first and youngest woman to ever be in space. On June 16, 1963, she flew into space on a solo mission on the Vostok 6 rocket. During the mission, she orbited the Earth 48 times in 71 hours. Read on for the full story of this incredible woman.
Decades before celebrities promoted health and fitness, Jack LaLanne was recognized around the world for talking about the health benefits associated with a good diet and regular exercise. He had a successful television program as well as opening some of the first fitness gyms.
Charlie Daniels was a well-known singer and songwriter. He is best remembered for his contributions to southern bluegrass, rock, and country music. Daniels had eight Billboard Hot 100 singles and was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.
George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. designed the first Ferris Wheel. He was an American tunnel and bridge engineer. The original Ferris Wheel was erected in 1893 for the World's Colombian Exposition held in Chicago, Illinois.
Rocky Graziano was a legendary boxer known as one of the greatest punchers of all time. He was a middleweight boxing champion as well as a successful actor and business owner.
Sergeant William Carney is the first black soldier awarded the Medal of Honor and earned it during the Civil War. At the battle of Fort Wagner, he showed great courage in protecting the American flag. Do you know his story? Read on for all the information.
Desmond Doss was a conscientious objector during World War II. He served in the Army as a medic with an infantry company. Doss is the only person to be awarded the Medal of Honor and not kill an enemy soldier.
Before the arrival of missionaries to Hawaii, the islands were ruled by a constitutional monarchy. Princess Ka’iulani was in line to become the queen of Hawaii. Unfortunately, the United States annexed the Hawaiian Kingdom, and she never became queen. Read on for the full story.
Tom Dempsey was born with a partial right foot and a right hand that was missing four fingers. This never stopped him from becoming a player in the NFL. As a member of the New Orleans Saints, Dempsey kicked a game-winning field goal a distance of 63 yards. It was a record that stood for 43 years.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who lived at the Charles de Gaulle Airport in the departure lounge area of its Terminal One. He stayed there for 18 years. He wrote a book about his life at the airport and inspired a movie starring Tom Hanks.
Cassie Chadwick was a very successful con artist during the late 1800s and early 1900s. She was able to defraud several banks in the United States out of millions of dollars. She did this by claiming to be the illegitimate daughter of wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie.
Jackie Ormes was the first female African-American cartoonist. Her work was seen in newspapers around the United States. She is the creator of the “Patty-Jo 'n' Ginger” as well as “Torchy Brown” comics. A doll based on her character, Patty-Jo, was also manufactured and sold.
Lieutenant Colonel Charles Carpenter earned the nickname “Bazooka Charlie” for his exploits during World War II. He is remembered for equipping his 4 Grasshopper light observation aircraft with bazookas. He then used this configuration to destroy many enemy tanks and armored vehicles.
Hedy Lamarr was a successful actress during the Golden Age of cinema. She also co-invented an early method for spreading spectrum communications.
Ellen Church was a pioneer in the airline industry. She was the first stewardess. Church was a nurse and told Boeing Air Transport she could provide important care for airline passengers during a flight. They employed her and seven other women for a three-month trial. Stewardesses became a success.
Robin Williams was a famous comedian and actor known around the world. His improvisational skills are considered legendary by many. He also provided many different memorable voices for movies. Williams is considered one of the best comedians to have ever been in the entertainment industry.
Babe Didrikson is considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time. She won gold medals at the Olympics as well as 10 LPGA Major golfing championships. Didrikson was even a pitcher in Major League Baseball.
"Taps" is a distinctive bugle melody. It is routinely played at U.S. military memorials and funerals. Its origins can be traced back to the 1830s.
Charles Ponzi is remembered for creating the Ponzi scheme. He was an Italian immigrant whose investment scam resulted in people losing tens of millions of dollars.
Hiram Rhodes Revels was the first African American U.S. Senator. He represented Mississippi during the 1870s. He filled a Senate seat previously held by Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy. Read on for Revels' inspiring full story.
Janis Joplin is remembered for her mezzo-soprano voice and powerful stage presence. Five of her songs reached the Billboard list of Hot 100 songs. Joplin will always be remembered as one of the most popular and successful singers of her time.
They were women pilots who went into battle using plywood biplanes. They faced frostbite and bullets when flying. On the ground, they faced sexual harassment and skepticism. Known as the Night Witches, they were some of the most feared pilots of the Russian Air Force during World War II.
Wondering how the microwave was invented? It is estimated that 90 percent of Americans have a microwave oven. Percy Spencer was an engineer testing a military gadget called the magnetron. During the test, Spencer put his hand in his pocket and realized his snack had melted.
Wilhelm Röntgen was a German physicist and mechanical engineer. He created and then detected electromagnetic radiation on November 8, 1895. This was done in a way to produce images using X-rays. He was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physics for his achievements.
Did you know that Moses Fleetwood Walker was the first black man to play professional baseball? He did this 63 years before Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball. Learn more about Walker's extraordinary life.
During World War II, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a sniper with the Soviet Red Army. She accumulated over 300 confirmed kills. Pavlichenko has the distinction of being the most lethal female sniper in military history.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler was an American author and physician. In 1864, after completing her course of studies at the New England Female Medical College, she became the first African-American female to be a doctor of medicine.
Did you know that Walter Camp is one of the most influential people in the history of American football? He was a player, coach, and important member of football rules committees. Find out how Camp developed the system of downs, line of scrimmage, points system, and more.
Edith Wharton's life provided her with insider knowledge of the aristocracy of New York. In 1921, she won the Pulitzer Prize for her novel “The Age of Innocence.” This made her the first female to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction.
Agent 355 was the code name for a female spy who served during the Revolutionary War. She was one of the first people to conduct spy operations on behalf of the Colonial Army. Her true identity remains a mystery.
John Logie Baird was a Scottish electrical engineer and inventor. On January 26, 1926, he demonstrated his newest invention. It was the world's first working television broadcast system. Nobody at that time realized the impact television would have on society.
John Chapman was better known as Johnny Appleseed. He is recognized as an American pioneer nurseryman. He is responsible for introducing apple trees in various places around the United States as well as Canada.
Sybil Ludington was 16 when she rode her horse sidesaddle all night to warn local townspeople of British forces attacking Danbury, Connecticut. She rode twice as far as Paul Revere. Sybil Ludington is considered a true heroine of the Revolutionary War.
Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a wooden barrel and survive. She did this on October 24, 1901. Taylor's goal was financial gain, but the experience never provided her with much money.
There is a legend about a female pope known as Pope Joan whose story became widely known during the 13th century. It is believed that she served as pope from 855 to 857 A.D. Some believe she is a myth, while others think there is enough evidence to prove she existed.
Mary Edwards Walker was a surgeon during the Civil War. Because of her dedication to treating the wounded on the battlefield, she was awarded the medal of honor.
Prahlad Jani was an Indian breatharian monk. He claimed to have lived without food or water starting in 1940 until his death in 2020. Scientific testing could not disprove his claim.
Starting when she was 53 years old until her death over twenty years later, Heidemarie Schwermer lived without money. She was the subject of a documentary and wrote a book about her experience.
Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja lived among animals and without human contact for 12 years. He is one of the few documented cases of children raised in the wild. He was captured by police at the age of 19.
Madam C. J. Walker was the first female in the United States to become a self-made millionaire. She developed and marketed cosmetics, hair care products, and more.
In the 1840s, Ada Lovelace wrote an algorithm for a computing machine known as the analytical engine. She is considered to be the world's first computer programmer. Learn about her life, career, death, and legacy here.
Carl Joseph has been going around the world on a pilgrimage since 1991. He has a beard, goes barefoot, wears a robe, and is often referred to as “The Jesus Guy.”
Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to fight as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Her service made her the only female to receive a full military pension for her service in the war.
Rod Ansell was a buffalo hunter known for spending time in the Australian Bush. His life inspired Paul Hogan to create the movie character Crocodile Dundee.
In 1986, Christopher Knight was 20 when he disappeared into the Maine forest. He lived alone in the woods for 27 years. In 2013, he was charged with over 1,000 burglaries.
Tardar Sauce was a female feline nicknamed Grumpy Cat. Known for a face that seemed to be permanently grumpy, she became one of the most popular cats in the world.
A Hollywood screenwriter named Barry Morrow met autistic savant Kim Peek during the 1980s. This meeting led to the creation of the movie "Rain Man."
Patience Worth lived during the 1600s and experienced publishing success in the early 20th century. She communicated her writing through a woman named Pearl Curran.
For almost four decades, Benny Hill was a prominent British cultural figure. The Benny Hill show established itself as a remarkable worldwide television comedy success story. It was one of the most-watched television comedy shows in the history of the United Kingdom.
Hank Ketcham is an American cartoonist who created the Dennis the Menace comic strip. It is a light-hearted and fun comic strip about an adventurous 5-year-old boy. The comic strip has been published in over 1,000 newspapers around the world.
Theodor Seuss Geisel was a writer and cartoonist known by his pen name Dr. Seuss. He published more than 60 books during his career. He wrote many bestselling children's books including Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat and others. His characters and rhymes are loved by generations of fans.
Shel Silverstein was a writer well-known for his children's books, screenplays, cartoons as well as songs. His books have sold over 20 million copies and won several book awards. Silverstein was awarded two Grammy Awards and earned an Academy Award as well as a Golden Globe nomination.
Roald Dahl was a British short story writer as well as a children's book author, novelist and screenwriter. Over 249 million of his books have been sold worldwide. Dahl's work includes such well-known children's classics as "James and the Giant Peach" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Stan Lee was a beloved comic book creator. He is remembered for co-launching such comic book superheroes as X-men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Silver Surfer and others for Marvel Comics.
Norman Rockwell is a legendary illustrator remembered for his work in the Saturday Evening Post. He provided beloved portraits of America and Americans that are considered part of the American tradition.
Charles Schulz is the creator of the Peanuts comic strip. It is considered by many to be one of the most read cartoon strips ever in the history of newspapers. The merchandising associated with it still earns over a billion dollars annually.
Harry Houdini is known as the greatest escape artist of all time. Houdini was able to escape from leg irons, ropes, straight jackets and more. He escaped from various devices underwater, hanging in the air and underground. Houdini was a magician, stage personality and well-known actor.
Jim Croce was an American musician who obtained musical success during his life and with albums released after his death. He is remembered for such timeless songs as "I Got a Name," "Workin' at the Car Wash Blues," "You Don't Mess Around With Jim," and others.
Walt Disney was a true pioneer in the world of animated television and motion-picture production. Many movies made by Walt Disney are timeless classics. He built the popular Disneyland amusement park. Disney company is one of the largest entertainment companies in the world.
Rodney Dangerfield was a successful stand-up comedian, musician, author, actor as well as a voice artist. He was known for his one-liners and his catchphrase, “I get no respect.”
Do you know about Roberto Clemente? Roberto Clemente is a baseball legend. His activities on and off the field defined him. He impressed people by how he played baseball and overwhelmed them with his caring for the needy.
Mel Blanc is a legendary entertainer known for being the voice of such famous cartoon characters as Bug Bunny, Woody Woodpecker, Barney Rubble and many others.
Mildred Burke began her career wrestling men at carnivals. She is a member of the WWE Hall of Fame and an inductee into the Professional Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Percy Julian was able to obtain a Ph.D. in chemistry and become an award-winning African-American chemist during a time of racial segregation and Jim Crow laws.
One of the most popular children's television shows to ever be broadcast was "Mister Roger's Neighborhood." It was an award-winning show created by Fred Rogers.
Zach Hyman has been given many awards during his hockey-playing career. He has also been able to write award-winning children's books. Hyman has helped the Toronto Maple Leafs get into the playoffs while writing top-selling books for children.
Jim Henson became known worldwide in 1969 after joining the children's television program "Sesame Street." His job was to create characters for the show. Henson was involved with Sesame Street for over 20 years. He made successful movies and won two Emmy Awards for his television programs.
Bob Ross was one of the most well-known painters in the United States. He was able to share his love of painting on the popular television show "The Joy of Painting." Ross recorded over 400 episodes of the show, which millions of people would regularly watch.
Bruce Lee was a martial arts expert and movie star. He mastered the art of kung fu and could perform it to near perfection. Bruce Lee made martial arts movies that were extremely popular. They were considered a new type of action cinema. He is a legendary icon of Kung Fu martial arts movies.
Steve Irwin was an international celebrity and conservationist. His television series "The Crocodile Hunter" thrilled audiences around the world. He is remembered for his many efforts to preserve wildlife. Irwin owned and ran a popular zoo. He died from a stingray attack while filming a documentary.
Evel Knievel will be remembered for making motorcycle jumps over record-setting numbers of vehicles while wearing a patriotic jumpsuit. His fans will never forget all the excitement he provided sold-out audiences. Knievel's best-known jumps and crashes were seen on ABC's Wide World of Sports.
John Clem was the Union Army's youngest soldier at nin years old. He was the drummer boy for an Army Unit from Michigan. He was called The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga after being in the Civil War battle. Clem's bravery was legendary. He was in the Army for 53 years and retired as a brigadier general.
Chris Farley was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1964. He was a very successful American comedian and actor. Farley is remembered for his acting on shows like "Saturday Night Live" and in movies like "Beverly Hills Ninja," "Tommy Boy" and more.
Bessie Coleman wanted to be a pilot at a young age, but African-Americans had no flight-school opportunities in the early 1900s. That didn't stop Bessie Coleman from earning a pilot’s license and instantly becoming an inspiration for many people.
In 1891, James Naismith was told to create a game that could be played inside during the winter, and a new sport was born. Learn more about the inventor of basketball and how the game was played early on.
In the early 1900s, Audrey Munson was one of the most sought after models in New York. Her fame brought her offers to be in the film industry, however scandals and unfortunate circumstances destroyed her career.
Joshua Norton’s failed business deal financially devastated him. In 1859, he declared himself Emperor of the United States. Citizens of San Francisco made him a celebrity. He got free theater tickets, ferry rides, his own currency, made official proclamations and more.
Nellie Bly was one of the first female investigative journalists in the United States. She went undercover at an insane asylum to expose the serious abuse of patients. In 1889, she traveled around the world by herself in just 72 days. An amazing accomplishment for a female at the time.
After seeing their village, friends and family destroyed by the German army, the Bielski Brothers led people into the woods for protection. Once there, they created a new village and developed a successful fighting force.
Bass Reeves may have been the inspiration for the character The Lone Ranger. He was a U.S. Deputy Marshal who worked with a Native American, gave out silver dollars and always got the criminal he was assigned to bring to justice.
“It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” is a Halloween classic that first aired in October 1966. Since then it has been a regular part of the Halloween celebration. Many interesting things happened during its production.
Cassandra Peterson created the character Elvira in 1981. It was done for a local television station in Los Angeles. The show was called Movie Macabre. Once her shows started to broadcast, Elvira quickly became a very popular personality.
Robby the Robot is a movie prop first seen in the 1956 movie "Forbidden Planet." It cost 7 percent of the movie's budget to build. It forever altered the way movie audiences viewed robots in cinema.
Malala Yousfazi won a Nobel Prize for her work in advocating education for girls around the world. This is the reason she was shot by the Taliban. She survived the attack and continues to advocate that all girls have a right to an education.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the German resistance to Hitler. He actively preached, wrote and spoke against Hitler. Bonhoeffer helped Jews escape, passed intelligence to Britain and more.
Stevie Ray Vaughan's guitar playing and musical talent is legendary. He is credited with creating a blues revival during the 1980s and more.
Betsy Terrell was with Poppa Neutrino for many of his amazing adventures. This includes performing as a street musician worldwide, crossing the Atlantic Ocean in a raft and more.
Despite his son having a severe case of cerebral palsy, Dick Hoyt participated in marathon races as well as Ironman Triathlons and more with his son Rick. Their special relationship has inspired millions of people.
Xia Boyu made four previous attempts to climb Mount Everest. He succeeded on his fifth attempt at the age of 69. Boyu was a double amputee.
Dale Sanders accomplished at the age of 82 what people much younger fail to do every year. He hiked the entire length of the Appalachian Trail.
Christy Brown could only control his left leg as a result of his cerebral palsy. He overcame his disability to become an accomplished painter and international best-selling author.
Wilma Rudolph suffered several childhood illnesses, including polio. She overcame all of them to win three gold medals at the Summer Olympics of 1960, earning her the title of the fastest female in the world.
Agatha Christie is known for her 66 detective novels. She is one of best-selling authors of all time. Christie is in the Guinness Book of World Records for selling over 2 billion books.
Eddie Feigner pitched over 9,700 victories, 140,500 strikeouts, and more than 930 no-hit games. He was called the greatest softball pitcher who ever lived by the Washington Post.
J.K. Rowling is a hugely successful author. At one time she was a single mother struggling to pay her bills. Today, she is one of the wealthiest writers in the world.
Ian Fleming is the author of the James Bond spy novels. He based these stories on the many experiences he had as a British naval intelligence officer during World War II.
The real name of Curly Howard was Lester Horwitz. He was the youngest of the family and determined to follow his brothers into show business. Some consider him the most popular of the Three Stooges.
Mo'ne Davis made little league history. She is the first African-American girl to play in the Little League World Series, pitch a shutout, and be on the cover of a major sports magazine.
Larry Ellison was born into a poor family. His mother gave him up for adoption when he was nine months old. Today, he is one of the wealthiest people in the world.
During the 1980s, Chris Gardner was a homeless man struggling to raise his son. He eventually became a successful stockbroker and investor. This inspired a book and movie about his life.
When she was 13, Bethany Hamilton was attacked by a shark when surfing. She lost her left arm. A month later Hamilton began surfing again. Two years later, she won a surfing championship.
A man-made famine instituted during the 1930s by Joseph Stalin caused widespread terror and starvation in the Ukraine. It's estimated to have killed between 7 and 10 million people.
One of World War II's most successful female spies, Nancy Wake also held the distinction of being on the Gestapo's most-wanted list. After the war, she received medals from France, Britain, and the United States.
Harland David Sanders didn't have enough money to retire at 65. He decided to open a restaurant selling his special fried chicken. It resulted in one of the most successful franchises in U.S. history.
Terry Fox was an athlete who had his leg amputated because of cancer. In 1980, he ran across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research.
John Ronald Reuel (J.R.R.) Tolkien was an Oxford professor, poet, and author. He is best known for writing “The Hobbit” and the trilogy “The Lord of the Rings.”
The Mercury 13 were women who completed the initial astronaut training in 1961, as part of a privately funded program. They never went into space because they were females.
Polly Letofsky spent five years walking around the world. She did it as part of a campaign to increase breast cancer awareness.
An Agreement with the students on a high school baseball team forever changed the life of Jim Morris. He went from being a high school teacher into being a professional baseball player.
Peace Pilgrim walked over 25,000 miles in North America for world Peace. She carried only a pencil, toothbrush, comb and a single set of clothes when she traveled.
Poppa Neutrino is known for his many adventures. One of them is building a raft out of debris found on the streets of New York City and sailing it across the Atlantic Ocean.
It is estimated H.H. Holmes killed hundreds of people in a building he designed and built to efficiently commit murder.
Roy Chapman Andrews was an adventurer in the 1930s. He worked for a museum collecting exhibits. His fear of snakes, battles with bandits and more may have inspired the movie character Indiana Jones.
"Rocky" was based on Chuck Wepner, a professional boxer from Bayonne, New Jersey. His fight against Muhammad Ali in 1975 inspired Sylvester Stallone to make the iconic film.
Natalie du Toit lost her leg in an accident at 17. After qualifying for the Bejing Games, she became the first amputee to swim in the Olympics in 2008.
The Museum of Contemporary Native Arts is located in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is internationally recognized for its artwork by Native Americans, First Nations, and other Indigenous peoples.
Jackie Mitchell was a professional female baseball player who pitched for the Chattanooga Lookouts. At the age of 17, she struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig consecutively in a 1931 exhibition game.
A man named Julian Santana Barrera found a dead girl in a canal. He spent decades placing hundreds of dolls on an island to honor her spirit. It's known as the Island of the Dolls.
Eddie Gaedel was 26 years old and stood 3 feet 7 inches. He drew a walk during his only major league baseball at bat on August 19, 1951.
The Spruce Goose was the largest aircraft ever to take flight. It was built and piloted by Howard Hughes.
The Pittsburgh Steelers and Philadelphia Eagles were forced to combine as one team for the 1943 NFL Season in order to survive. They were known as the Steagles. Read on to learn more.
Alnwick Castle provides visitors with stunning landscapes, gardens, a museum, tree house and other attractions.
In 1864, the submarine H.L. Hunley sunk the USS Housatonic making it the first submarine in history to successfully carry out such an attack.
The Fort Pitt Block House was part of Fort Pitt and has been standing in the same location since 1764.
At 26 seasons, George Blanda had the longest professional football career as both a quarterback and kicker.
ToonSeum is a fascinating place. It is a museum dedicated to the cartoon and comic arts. Toonseum is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
It's known as the most famous diamond in the world. The Hope Diamond can be seen at the National Natural History Museum in Washington D.C. It is an impressive diamond surrounded by a legendary curse
The Hollywood Bowl is a historic landmark. Musicians such as Al Jolson, Nat “King” Cole, Alicia Keys and more have performed there. It's also seen Mikhail Beryshiniknov Mickey Rooney and many others.
The CN Tower is a magnificent structure. It is an iconic landmark and one of the most popular tourist attractions in Canada.
The Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park is a great place to see old US Navy ships, submarines, military aircraft, and more.
The Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is a great place to visit. People of any age who are loyal hockey fans will enjoy it.
The much-loved Buffalo wing got its start at the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY, in the 1960s. It's a place that forever changed how chicken wings are prepared.
The USS Midway Museum is a ship that was the longest serving aircraft carrier in the history of the US Navy. It has flight simulators, audio tours and over 60 different locations to see on the ship.
The House on the Rock in Wisconsin is a unique structure filled with unusual exhibits and displays. The structure has everything from carousel creatures to robotic instruments, special doll houses, and more.
The Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi is located in downtown, Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is a stunning example of 19th century architecture. It was built by Bishop Jean-Baptiste Lamy.
Flight 93 Memorial is located in western Pennsylvania. It is designed to honor the passengers and crew who died on September 11, 2001. It has a memorial plaza, wall of names, ceremonial gate and more.
The National Air And Space Museum is a place where people can view a number of historic artifacts from flying as well as space exploration. There are double winged planes, spacecraft and more.
The Idaho Potato Museum is a fun place where people can see exhibits and learn about the development of the famous Idaho Potato. It has interesting displays, a hall of fame, gift shop and more.
The Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village provide visitors with numerous historical artifacts and interactive experiences. People can see a variety of historical buildings, cars, tools and more.
The Devils Tower is an amazing thing to see. It is a favorite place for climbers and hikers to practice their sport. The park has trails, a visitors center and various amenities for visitors.
Biosphere 2 is a huge structure in Arizona built to see if people could colonize other planets. It provides tours and information about the Biosphere 2 missions, experiments and more.
The Mob Museum is also called the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement. People can visit here and learn about the Mob and law enforcement members who worked to bring them to justice.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a place to go for anyone who is a fan of rock and roll music. People can learn about the history of their favorite performer, see the hall of fame inductees and more.
Hershey's Chocolate World is a place where people can take tours and learn about the many aspects of chocolate manufacturing. Visitors are able to spend time in chocolate shops, restaurants and more
The United States Space Camp is a place where children and adults can learn about space exploration. There are hands-on activities, simulators and exhibits. Popular overnight camps are also available.
The Margaret Mitchell House and Museum is the former home of Margaret Mitchell. It's the place where she wrote “Gone With The Wind.” A book that won a Pulitzer-Prize and set publishing sales records.
Sutter's Fort is a place that enables people to see and experience life in the 1840s in California. It was part of fascinating historical events like the California Gold Rush, Donner Party and more.
At the International UFO Museum And Research Center in Roswell, New Mexico people can see exhibits, obtain UFO information and do research. It's also where a famous UFO incident took place in 1947
Alcatraz Prison is a popular tourist destination. It is located on Alcatraz Island off the shore of San Francisco. It's been the subject of movies and books. Several famous criminals spent time there.
The Indian Watchtower at the Grand Canyon is a stunning building designed to have a Native American appearance. It has paintings, a gift shop and also provides a spectacular view of the Grand Canyon.
The Fort Pitt Museum is a place where people can learn about the area's role in the French and Indian War as well as Revolutionary War. It has exhibits, documents, artifacts, artwork and more.
Madame Tussauds is a museum of wax figures that has been entertaining people since the 1700s. A number of these museums are available to visit in large cities around the world.
The National Museum of Crime and Punishment was designed to help people learn about forensic science and criminology. It offers interactive exhibits and simulations the entire family can enjoy.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium provides the opportunity to see an amazing number of sea creatures. Penguins, living kelp, sharks and more are on display. It's one of the largest aquariums in the world.
The National Inventors Hall of Fame is in Alexandria, Virginia. It is a place that honors inventors and their inventions. It also has a number fascinating exhibits and excellent educational programs.
Fort Sumter is a great place to visit and see history. It's where the American Civil War started. There is a museum as well as the actual fort that can be experienced and more.
Niagara Falls is a place that has casinos, museums, botanical gardens, great restaurants, fine hotels and more. It also has one of the most amazing natural waterfalls in the world.
This is one of the few biblical botanical gardens found in North America. It has been open to visitors since 1987. The Rodef Shalom Biblical Botanical garden has new plants every year to see.
The Winchester Mystery House was built by Sarah Winchester. She inherited a fortune from her husband. It's called the house built by spirits. The mansion was constructed to appease angry spirits.
The Georgia O'Keeffe Museum provides visitors the opportunity to see work created by an American female artist whose paintings and other artistic creations are recognized around the world.
The Heyward-Washington House is a structure built during the 1700s. It was the home of a signer to the Declaration of Independence and a place where George Washington stayed when visiting Charleston.
The Andy Warhol Museum provides visitors with the opportunity to view thousands of pieces of art created by the iconic artist Andy Warhol. It's the largest museum dedicated to one artist in the U.S.