Many people believe hybrid vehicle technology is something recently developed. It is not. The first commercial hybrid vehicle sold directly to consumers was the 1901 Lohner-Porsche. It was the first commercial vehicle to operate by using a combination of a gas engine and electric power.
Michel Lotito was a famous entertainer from France. He amazed audiences with his ability to eat indigestible items. Lotito consumed everything from metal to glass as well as an entire airplane. Lotito’s diet earned him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.
The Amphicar was a vehicle designed to travel down a road and then be driven across water. It was originally designed as a military vessel for the German army during World War II. The Amphicar became a fad among many car drivers in the U.S. It was sold from 1961 to 1968 and made in West Germany.
Lizzie Murphy was known as the “Queen Of Baseball.” Murphy has the distinction of being the first female to be paid to play baseball. She is also the first person to play on a National League and an American League team. Murphy played baseball for seventeen years.
The first automobile road trip across the United States occurred in 1903. The two individuals who accomplished this were mechanic Sewall K. Crocker and businessman and physician H. Nelson Jackson. They were the first people to ever drive a car from California to New York.
Charles Curtis was a US Congressman from 1893 to 1907. He was then a US Senator. In 1924, Curtis was made the Senate Majority Leader. He was also Herbert Hoover’s vice president. Curtis is remembered as the only Native American to hold these high-level governmental positions.
Assembling a jigsaw puzzle is a popular activity. People enjoy the challenge of putting together the puzzle’s irregularly shaped and interlocking pieces. The jigsaw puzzle was created in 1760 by a cartographer in London. It has grown to become a game enjoyed by millions of people around the world.
The only car race to have the name Grand Prix was originally organized by the Automobile Club de France (ACF). The first race took place in France in 1906. It consisted of six laps that were 65 miles or 105 kilometers long. The first official French Grand Prix was won by Hungarian-born Ferenc Szisz.
To some, he is just the man on cans in the supermarket. Chef Boyardee was a real person. He was considered a top culinary chef in the United States. He even prepared meals for a US president. An immigrant who created a very successful company. Chef Boyardee is a true American success story.
Pete Gray was one of MLB's most inspirational players. He played in over 76 games for the Saint Louis Browns. Gray was known as a solid outfielder. What makes him stand out among his peers is that he was a professional baseball player who played the game with only one arm.
The first attempt to control traffic with a device occurred in 1868 in London. It used gas and exploded, killing a police officer. The idea was then forgotten. After this incident, many different traffic control devices were developed. The first one patented was in 1918 by engineer James Hoge.
On July 1, 1903, the inaugural Tour de France took place. Over 59 men participated in the 1,500-mile bicycle race. It was won by a French-speaking Italian named Maurice-François Garin. He also won the 1904 Tour de France, but he ended up being stripped of his victory for cheating.
It is believed that modern skateboards and skateboarding probably started during the late 1940s or early 1950s. Their creation was motivated by surfers in California who wanted to do something when the waves were flat. The skateboarders of the 1960s were often called asphalt surfers.
The belief that Abner Doubleday invented the game of baseball in 1839 is a myth. The reality of baseball’s creation can be traced back to the 1700s. The two most direct influences for the creation of American baseball seem to be the English games of rounders and cricket.
Helen Hayes is remembered as the First Lady of American Theater. She had an acting career that spanned 80 years. Hayes is one of the few entertainers to have won a Grammy, Tony, Emmy, and Oscar. She was never known for being glamorous. Her modesty and practicality are what gave her lasting appeal.
Nellie Tayloe Ross was a trailblazer for women in politics. She was the first female to serve as the governor of a state. She was the 14th governor of Wyoming. Ross was also the first female to be made director of the U.S. Mint.
Ray Harroun was a well-known American racecar driver. In 1911, he came out of retirement to win the first Indianapolis 500. Harroun caused controversy by using a new invention known as the rearview mirror.
Grace O’Malley is one of the best-known pirates of all time. O’Malley had a reputation for being a fierce leader at sea. She was also a feared politician when on land. O’Malley had a meeting with the Queen of England as a Pirate. She is remembered as “the Pirate Queen of Ireland.”
Lizzie Arlington is the first woman to play on a men’s professional baseball team. It happened on July 5, 1898. On this day, Arlington pitched for the Reading Coal Heavers. A team that is now known as the Reading Fightin Phils.
José Salvador Alvarenga made human contact on January 30, 2014, for the first time in 14 months. Before this, he had been adrift in a fishing boat in the Pacific Ocean. His ordeal began on November 17, 2012. Alvarenga survived by drinking rainwater and eating raw turtles, fish, and birds.
Laura Bullion will always be remembered as a female member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch gang. Her father was a bank robber. She took part in many bank and train robberies as well as forgery. She was eventually caught, convicted, and sent to jail for her part in the Great Northern train robbery.
May Godfrey Sutton was a female sports pioneer. In 1903, at the age of 16, she participated in the U.S. National tennis championships and won the singles title. In 1905, she won the singles title at Wimbledon. Sutton became the first American player to accomplish this in the history of Wimbledon.
The discovery of DNA testing created an accurate way to test a person’s genetic material. It has been used to solve new crimes as well as cold cases. It has provided a way to establish paternity and identify possible future health problems. The uses for DNA testing continue to grow and develop.
Hattie Caraway was the first woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1932, she ran and won; in 1938, she was the first woman to win re-election.
An enslaved African American woman was the first female firefighter in the United States. Her name was Molly Williams. The year was 1818. She was able to participate in firefighting due to a recent Cholera outbreak. It left a shortage of New York City volunteer firefighters.
Martin Cooper, an American engineer, has been credited with inventing the first handheld cellular mobile phone. He made the world’s first call from a cell phone on April 3, 1973. It occurred on the streets of New York as part of a media promotion of the new handheld cell phone invention.
In 1925, an outbreak of diphtheria occurred in Nome, Alaska. Thousands of units of diphtheria serum were delivered by train. Dog sledder Leonhard Seppala and his team with lead dog Togo took the serum over 261 miles in three days. It is considered one of the most amazing rescue efforts in history.
Lincoln Beachey was a pioneer in American aviation. He is known for his creation of aerial stunts as well as barnstorming. Beachey set aviation records and became rich from performing his action-packed aerobatics at flying exhibitions. He was often referred to as the world’s greatest aviator.
Lee Duncan was a US soldier during WWI. He adopted an abandoned dog in France. He named it Rin Tin Tin. In the United States, he approached movie studios with his dog. In 1923, Warner Brothers cast the dog in a movie. The studio was so impressed, Rin Tin Tin, was signed to a $1,000 a week contract.
Junko Tabei was a world-famous Japanese mountaineer. In 1975, she was the first female to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Tabei is also the first female to climb all Seven Summits. These are the highest peaks located on every continent. Tabei was also an established teacher and author.
William Hinginbotham was an American physicist. He is credited with creating the first computer game in 1958. It was called “Tennis for Two.” It was the first game played on a computer utilizing interactive controls and operated with hand-held controllers. It was the first to display motion.
The Rubik’s Cube is one of the most popular 3-D puzzles worldwide. In the early 1970s, Ernő Rubik was a university professor in Hungary. He wanted to create a way to illustrate three-dimensional movement to his students. Rubik then created the Rubik’s cube. It went on to be a world phenomenon.
Fred Harvey was a restauranteur who established the first American chain restaurant. He left a formula for success that has been followed by other restaurateurs for generations.
Sabiha Gökçen was a Turkish woman who is recognized as the world’s first female fighter pilot. She was involved in over 31 military operations and flew more than 7,000 hours. Sabiha was adopted by the president of Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk.
Maurice Hilleman was an internationally recognized American microbiologist. He gained attention worldwide by developing more than 40 vaccines. It is estimated that his vaccines saved over seven million lives annually. Hilleman is considered one of the most influential vaccinologists in history.
During WWI, Marie Marvingt became the first female combat pilot, and created the air ambulance service to evacuate wounded soldiers. Also known for her courage, her nickname was “the fiancée of Danger."
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 was the first woman to solo hike the entire Appalachian Trail, completing it 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.
Arabella Mansfield opened the door to the practice of law for women and minorities in Iowa.
Virginia Hall was a World War II spy with only one leg who went behind enemy lines in France to organize resistance to German occupation.
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.
Who invented crayons, and how? These pigmented wax sticks are considered one of the most recognizable mediums used in art, both for children and adults.
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, and became the top-earning supermodel of the 1950s. Her looks earned her a spot modeling for hundreds of book and magazine covers, advertisements, and more.
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.
Many are still surprised to discover that Arthur Conan Doyle's character Sherlock Holmes was based on a real person, the surgeon 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 were invented by Levi Strauss and Jacob Davis in the 1800s. Blue jeans met the need 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 MLB umpire, but she retired from the sport after just one game due to 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.
Long before celebrities promoted health and fitness, Jack LaLanne was recognized around the world for talking about the benefits associated with a good diet and regular exercise.
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.
American engineer George Washington Gale Ferris Jr. invented the Ferris Wheel. The original Ferris Wheel was erected in 1893 for the World's Colombian Exposition 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 was a Civil War soldier and the first African American to receive the Medal of Honor. At the Battle of Fort Wagner, he showed great courage in protecting the U.S. flag.
Desmond Doss served in the Army as a medic with an infantry company during World War II. He was the first conscientious objector to receive the Medal of Honor.
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, born with a partial right foot and a right hand that was missing four fingers, kicked an NFL game-winning field goal a distance of 63 yards, a record that stood for 43 years.
Mehran Karimi Nasseri is an Iranian refugee who lived in the Charles de Gaulle Airport for 18 years. His story inspired the 2004 movie "The Terminal" 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 equipped his L-4 Grasshopper light observation aircraft with bazookas and destroyed 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, which lead to the development of Wi-Fi.
Ellen Church was a pioneer in the airline industry. She was a nurse and pilot who convinced Boeing that she could provide important care during a flight.
Robin Williams was a famous comedian and actor known around the world. He is considered one of the best comedians to have ever been in the entertainment industry, and his improvisational skills and lovable nature are considered legendary by many.
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 Revels was the first black U.S. Senator. He represented Mississippi in a seat previously held by Jefferson Davis, the former president of the Confederacy.
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.
The Night Witches were female pilots who went into battle using plywood biplanes during World War II. They faced sexual harassment and skepticism yet were some of the most feared pilots of the Russian Air Force.
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, to produce images using X-rays.
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 an 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.
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 AD.
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 the analytical engine, a computing machine. Learn about the life, career, death, and legacy of Ada, the world's first computer programmer.
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 as a hermit 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 achieved 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," 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, and voice artist. He was known for his one-liners and his catchphrase, “I get no respect.”
Roberto Clemente is a baseball legend. His activities on and off the field defined him. He impressed people with 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 Rogers' Neighborhood," an award-winning show created by the kindly Fred Rogers.
Zach Hyman has helped the Toronto Maple Leafs get into the playoffs while writing top-selling books for children. He has received awards for playing hockey and for his children's books.
Jim Henson was hired in by "Sesame Street" in 1969 to create characters for the children's television program; he was involved with it for over 20 years. Henson also 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, regularly watched by millions of people.
Bruce Lee was a martial arts expert and legendary icon of kung fu. His movies were extremely popular and considered a new type of action cinema.
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. Knievel's best-known jumps and crashes were seen on ABC's "Wide World of Sports."
"The Drummer Boy of Chickamauga," John Clem was the Union Army's youngest soldier at 9 years old. He was the drummer boy for an Army Unit from Michigan.
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.
African Americans had no flight school opportunities in the early 1900s, but that didn't stop Bessie Coleman from earning a pilot’s license and 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 from the film industry; however, scandals and unfortunate circumstances destroyed her career.
In 1859, Joshua Norton declared himself Emperor Norton of the United States. He had 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 from 1966; a lot of interesting things happened during production.
Cassandra Peterson created the character Elvira in 1981 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 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.
Despite suffering from polio, Wilma Rudolph went on 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. One of the best-selling authors of all time, she 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.
Curly Howard was the youngest—and for many people, the most popular—member 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 hotel 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" is 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.
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.