Charles Dickens' father was imprisoned when he was boy for unpaid debts. At the age of 12, Dickens' was forced to leave school and work 10-hour long days at a warehouse for 6 shillings per day. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
During the May 1968 protests in France, the government came so close to collapsing that Charles de Gaulle fled the country while officials began burning documents, obtaining fake IDs, and planning their escapes. The prime minister was offered a gun with the advice, "You will need it." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
The Goodyear Tire company was not founded by Charles Goodyear, the inventor of the rubber vulcanizing. Charles had died penniless trying in vain to protect his patents. Brothers Frank and Charles Seiberling started the rubber company in 1898 and named it in honor of Goodyear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
The Habsburgs were a dynasty that at one point controlled much of Europe. Many members of this family inherited a distinctive protruding jaw. Charles II (β€œthe bewitched") was the last Spanish Habsburg. He suffered from multiple health issues and infertility, and died without heirs in 1700. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
French Aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle is the only nuclear-powered carrier completed outside of the US Navy, and the only non-American carrier equipped with a catapult launch system. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
On September 5, 1942, United States Navy Petty Officer First Class Charles Jackson French, of Omaha Nebraska, swam through the night for 6 - 8 hours pulling a raft of 15 wounded sailors with a rope around his stomach through shark-infested waters after the USS Gregory was hit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Before he was caught, Charles Ponzi the namesake of the Ponzi scheme successfully sued a newspaper for libel and won $500,000 in damages after it suggested there was no way Ponzi could legally deliver such high returns in a short period of time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
In 1865, Charles Dickens was traveling home from France when his train derailed while crossing a bridge, and his car was left dangling from the tracks. He helped save stranded passengers and then climbed back into the dangling car to find a manuscript he was supposed to send to his publishers. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Charles Morton, a 17th century minister and scientist, wrote a treatise on how birds migrated to the Moon and back every winter. Morton believed that they would encounter no air resistance or be affected by gravity, and use excess fat to sustain themselves. historytoday.com/archive/…
Today I learned of Mathew Charles Lamb. After killing two people in a shooting spree, he was found not guilty by reason of insanity. He then joined the Rhodesian Army after his psychiatric treatment was complete. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Before proposing to Emma Wedgwood, Charles Darwin made a list of marriage pros and cons. Pros- better than a dog, charms of music & female chit-chat. Cons - Anxiety & responsibility, less money for books. darwinproject.ac.uk/tags/…
In 1825 the French monarch Charles X demanded Haiti pay an "independence debt" of 150m gold francs – 10 times the fledgling nation's annual revenue. The original sum was reduced but Haiti still paid 90m gold francs – about €17bn today – to France. It was still paying off this debt in 1947. theguardian.com/world/201…
Preston Brooks, famous for caning Charles Sumner nearly to death on the floor of the Senate in 1856, was honored after the attack by a city in Florida and a county in Georgia each being renamed for him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Charles Gordin was the first banned performer on Saturday Night Live. And the reason being that he reportedly missed rehearsals during the week, along with flubbing his lines that ruined sketches as he kept forgetting that the show was live. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
France had a referendum on the direct election of the President in 1962. It was approved by 62.3% of voters and abolished the electoral college in favor of direct suffrage. As a result, Charles de Gaulle remains the only French president elected by an electoral college. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
The need for courtroom sketch artists in the United States was born in response to the 1935 media circus over the murder of aviator Charles Lindbergh’s infant son. After newsreels, noisy shutters, and flashing lights overtook that court the American Bar Association recommended to ban cameras. artsy.net/article/artsy-e…
Charles Lindbergh may have been known as a legendary pilot but he was also a Nazi sympathizer and spokesperson for the America First Committee. pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe…
Quincy Jones, Ray Charles, and producer "Bumps" Blackwell were all in the same band in Seattle, and they played with artists including Billie Holiday and Cab Calloway. blackpast.org/african-ame…
Today I learned of Charles Carpenter β€œBazooka Charlie” who in WWII was known for destroying 6 tanks with his Piper Grasshopper L-4 with 6 bazookas strapped to the struts. airspacemag.com/military-…
Today I learned of the Hall-HΓ©roult process, an industrial method to produce aluminum, which was developed independently and patented by both Charles Hall, who was American, and Paul HΓ©roult, who was French, in the year 1886, when both men were 23 years old. Both were born in 1863, and both died in 1914. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Charles Darwin terraformed Ascension Island in the Atlantic by bringing hundreds of non-native plants from all over the world. The mix of flora is not found anywhere else together naturally. bbc.com/news/science-envi…
A copy of the death warrant for King Charles I is permanently on display in the British Monarch’s robing room to remind them of the consequences of interfering with Parliament wikipedia.org/wiki/State_…
During the sinking of the RMS Titanic, many passengers refused to evacuate, insisting they were safer on the ship than in the tiny lifeboats. Chief baker Charles Joughin eventually took it upon himself to forcibly drag reluctant passengers onto the deck and hurl them into the lifeboats en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of Charles Fryatt, the captain of a passenger ferry who received a watch from the British Admiralty for attempting to ram a German U-Boat in 1915 that was trying to sink him. In 1916, his ferry was captured by the Germans. The watch he received was used against him and he was tried and executed. bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england…
The New Orleans, St. Charles Streetcar line is the oldest operating trolley line in the world. Originally horse drawn, the current electric streetcars are nearly 100 years old and each are a National Historic Landmark. The streetcars were desegregated in 1867 remained that way until 1902. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
Today I learned of Charles Piroth, a French WW2 veteran and the artillery commander at Dien Bien Phu battle in Vietnam. Before the battle, he exalted "I've got more guns than I need". When his force was outmatched by the Vietnamese, he committed suicide en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
After the monarchy was restored in Britain, King Charles II had Oliver Cromwell's corpse exhumed and beheaded. The head which was put on a stick outside Westminster Hall fell down during a storm and was retrieved by a nearby guard who stole the head and hid it up a chimney. history.co.uk/article/the…
Charles VIII of France fell in a coma, after he hit his head on the lintel of a door while leaving a game of Tennis and died hours later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Charles Lightoller the second officer on the Titanic stayed onboard untill the end. And got trapped underwater until a boiler explosion blew him free. He survived by clinging to a capsized collapsible B. Later he volunteered in WWII and helped evacuate over 120 men from Dunkirk. geni.com/people/Charles-H…
In 2001, Charles Ingram, who won the grand prize on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, was found to be cheating through a coughing scheme and denied his prize earnings. youtu.be/F-K7bNxOPvA
When stuck for a name, producers of the TV series chose the name "the Addams Family" after creator Charles 'chas' Addams. Up till this point, they were simply 'a family' of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Fester in his books and syndicated cartoons. 27east.com/arts/recalling…
Robert E Lee was the second second in his class at the United States Military Academy at Westpoint, ranking only slightly lower than Charles Mason. Charles Mason resigned from the Army a year after graduation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The ashes of Stephen Hawking were buried between the graves of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, in a section of Westminster Abbey known as the "Scientists Corner." As a final tribute, during the burial, the European Space Agency beamed recordings of Hawking's voice to the nearest black hole. nbcnews.com/news/obituari…
The phrase "survival of the fittest" from Darwin's evolutionary theory, wasn't coined by Charles Darwin himself, but by Herbert Spencer instead. smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
J.F.K Jr secretly met with Princess Diana ditching Prince Charles. This meeting largely went unnoticed by the press as when discussing methods to go incognito they decided on going through the front door as the press wouldn’t ever think of them doing so. vogue.com/article/jfk-jr-…
The Cleveland Indians' name stems from a request from then-owner Charles Somer to baseball writers to replace the Cleveland Naps after the departure of Nap Lajole, the player the name originated from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cle…
The 1958 hit "It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards was written around a melody which was composed in 1911 by then-banker (and future Vice President under Calvin Coolidge) Charles Dawes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It%…
During the US prohibition era, medicinal liquor was fraudulently exploited in many scams, one doctor cited for writing 475 prescriptions for whiskey in one day. Charles R. Walgreen, the founder of Walgreen's pharmacies expanded from 20 stores to a staggering 525 during the 1920s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Today I learned of Charles Fraser-Smith (one of the inspirations behind 'Q' in the James Bond movies) designed a special left-hand thread for the disguised screw-off top of a hidden-document container; he thought that "no German would ever think of trying to unscrew something the wrong way." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The Habsburg ruler, Charles II of Spain, who had been born the son of an uncle-niece relationship, was described by historians as "short, lame, epileptic, senile and completely bald before 35, always on the verge of death but repeatedly baffling Christendom by continuing to live." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Charles Darwin, who's work greatly contributed to the Theory of Evolution, was at one point in his life training to become an Anglican Minister. For a time, he "did not then in the least doubt the strict and literal truth of every word of the Bible." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Charles M. Schulz created a series of 'Peanuts' comic strips when Hank Aaron was on his way to break Babe Ruth's record of 714 home runs. Hank faced death threats from fans who did not want him to break the record. blog.newspapers.com/hamme…
The Latin phrase "annus horribilis" is used by world leaders to call the worst year in living memory. For Queen Elizabeth, it was 1992, the year when Windsor Castle caught fire and Princess Diana and Prince Charles' marital problems became increasingly public theguardian.com/uk/2012/m…
Charles Darwin, the Father of Evolution and Francis Galton, the Father of Regression were half-cousins galton.org/letters/darwin…
Today I learned of Charles Hurwitz, Texas financier who was involved in the Savings and Loan crisis of the 80's then engineered a hostile takeover of Pacific Lumber in '85. He swapped sustainable logging for old growth redwood clearcutting before a $380m government buyout saved the last trees in '96. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Before Charles Martin Hall discovered a cheaper way for smelting aluminium the metal was more expensive than gold or platinum. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Today I learned of Sergeant Charles β€œChuck” Mawhinney, the deadliest US Marine Sniper with 103 confirmed kills and an additional 216 probable kills during a 16 month tour in Vietnam. His personal ROE, β€œif they’re carrying a weapon, they’re going down”. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chu…
That, while in prison before his cult murdered Sharon Tate and others, Charles Manson took a class based on Dale Carnegie’s β€œHow to Win Friends and Influence People.” It was from Carnegie’s lessons that Manson learned much of what he used to heavily influence and manipulate his followers. bloomberg.com/news/articl…
Lynn Johnston, creator of the comic strip For Better or Worse, told cartoonist Charles Schulz that Farley the dog was to die. Schulz jokingly threatened to have Snoopy hit by a truck if she went through with the plan, and the timing of the dog's death a secret from Schulz. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Mikhail Tukhachevsky served in World War I. He was captured in 1915 and escaped four times before he was imprisoned at Ingolstadt Fortress, where he shared a cell with Charles de Gaulle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mik…

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