Sir David Mathew was a Welsh knight who stood at 6'8 (2.03m). At 60 years old he saved the life of Edward IV at the largest and bloodiest battle ever fought on British soil (the battle of Towton 1461). He died at the age of 84 in an 'altercation'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir…
Today I learned of James Edwards Smith, a man executed in Texas in June 1990, who requested for his last meal.... a lump of dirt (it was not given) mysterynibbles.substack.c…
Today I learned of Prince Charles Edward, a grandson of Queen Victoria and grandfather of the current King of Sweeden. Although was born and educated in England, he fought for Germany in WWI and lost his British royal titles. He later became an active member of the Nazi party and joined the SS during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Elwood Edwards, The voice of AOL’s β€˜You’ve Got Mail’ was paid $200 for recording the ubiquitous phrase in 1989. He got the job because his wife worked at an AOL predecessor. He is now an Uber Driver in Ohio. yahoo.com/entertainment/e…
Edward the Black Prince (1330-1376) was regarded by his English contemporaries as a model of chivalry and one of the greatest knights of his age. He is on the other hand remembered in France for his well documented brutality and the massacres he ordered en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
The Edwards v Canada (the Persons Case deciding whether women could sit in the Canadian Senate) was ultimately decided in favour of the women by the Privy Council of the United Kingdom, which struck down the Supreme Court of Canada’s earlier ruling. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Before Edward I was king of England, he was a prisoner of Simon de Montfort. One day, he asked if he could ride the guards horses and raced them one by one. When he got to the last horse, he rode off to freedom, and all the other horses were too tired to give chase. medievalists.net/2018/02/…
Danny Elfman of Oingo Boingo fame, who also composed the themes for many Hollywood hits like Back To School, Beetlejuice, Batman, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Men in Black, & Edward Scissorhands, was rejected from his elementary school orchestra "for having no propensity for music." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 1888, Edward Bellamy predicted the credit card. He wrote a book called "looking backwards" in which everyone uses a mechanical device to monitor and use their money/credit. The device he describes is almost identical to the credit card we are today. bbc.co.uk/teach/live-less…
The Mexican Mafia attempted to extort money from Edward James Olmos en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ame…
A patronymic is a name derived from an ancestor or occupation usually by the addition of a suffix or prefix meaning daughter, son, or belonging. Examples: MacDonald is of Donald, O'Riley of Riley, Ivanovich son of Ivan, Ivanovna daughter of Ivan, Edwards of Edward, or Clerkson of a Clerk. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pat…
Jake Gyllenhaal, Edward Norton, R. Ermey and many others hated working with David Fincher due to him demanding up to 100 retakes for a single scene. "Fincher wants puppets, not actors." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
King Edward VII's dog Caesar attended his funeral and walked in the procession in prominence ahead of nine kings and other heads of state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cae…
English musician Mike Edwards (AKA Pramada), known for artful 1970s cello play with the band ELO (Electric Light Orchestra), died suddenly in 2010 when a runaway round hay bale bounded downhill and crushed his van on the A381 Road. The hay roll's weight was estimated at around 1,300 pounds. bbc.com/news/uk-england-d…
Today I learned of Lady Jane Grey, aka England’s Forgotten Queen, because she was only the Queen of England for nine days in 1553. She only ascended to the throne because Edward VI wanted to keep a Protestant as the sovereign of England. She was then deposed and executed the following year. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lad…
Today I learned of Looking Backward: 2000-1887, an 1888 science fiction novel by Edward Bellamy that predicted debit cards, streaming music and CostCo. The bestseller was so popular that a network of 'Bellamy Clubs' sprung up to make Bellamy's vision a reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loo…
Edward Jenner discovered vacination by injecting puss from a milkmaid's cowpox sore into an eight-year-old boy and then attempting to infect him with smallpox six weeks later. The boy did not develop smallpox, indicating that the earlier exposure to cowpox protected him from infection. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
In 1959, rather than integrate, Prince Edward County in Virginia closed all of their public schools for FIVE YEARS. White children attended state-subsidized "private schools". No provision was made for educating the county's black children. virginiahistory.org/colle…
Today I learned of Edward Jones, a teenager who broke into Buckingham Palace multiple times in 1838-1841. The first time he was only 14-years-old and managed to steal some of Queen Victoria’s underwear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of Bruce Edwards Ivins. A microbiologist & employee of US Army, he mailed anonymous letters with Bacillus anthracis (anthrax) to members of Congress and media in September & October 2001, killing 5 persons and injuring 12 others. He committed suicide in 2008 to avoid capture by FBI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
First Canadian prime minister John A MacDonald's guiding principle was always loyalty to the British Empire and independence from the United States. Under Macdonald’s leadership, the dominion quickly expanded to include the provinces of Manitoba , British Columbia , and Prince Edward Island britannica.com/biography/…
Today I learned of flying ace Louis Edward Curdes, who is only one of three Americans to shoot down German, Italian, and Japanese planes during WW2. He also technically "shot down" an off course American transport plane in order to force it into a safe ditch. Among the rescued passengers was his future wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
Four year old Wilhelm II attended the wedding of Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark. Wilhelm was in the care of his uncle Prince Alfred. Alfred asked Wilhelm to be quiet and the child threatened to stab his uncle with a dirk. A conflict occured and Wilhelm bit his uncle on the leg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The cellist of Electric Light Orchestra, Mike Edwards, was killed when a 1,300 pound hay bale rolled down a hill and collided with the van he was driving. wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_E…
Today I learned of the battle of Cable Street in 1936. Where people of London's East End, who stood up and stopped Edward Moseley's Black shirts from parading through London's largely Jewish East end. It lead to the public order act banning political uniforms cablestreet.uk/
Stock car racer Edward Glenn "Fireball" Roberts died in a fiery crash during a race. He was nicknamed Fireball for his baseball pitching ability. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fir…
Lady Jane Grey was the unofficial Queen of England for 9 days after Edward VI nominated her before his death since he didn’t want his Catholic sister, Mary I, to take the throne. She was beheaded by Mary I for treason britannica.com/biography/…
Jupiter's moon Amalthea is extremely irregular in shape and was the last moon in the solar system to be discovered through direct visual observation. It was discovered in 1892 by the American astronomer Edward Emerson Barnard from the Lick Observatory with a 36 inch refractory telescope solarviews.com/eng/amalth…
The first recorded mention of trawling was from a petition to stop its use as a fishing method to King Edward III in the 14th century. The petitioner raised concerns about its effect on the environment. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bot…
When African-American Edward A. Carter Jr. was a teenager, he snuck out and joined the Chinese Army, reaching the rank of Lieutenant before being exposed and sent back to his parents. He later earned the Medal of Honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Edward James Olmos was offered the role of captain of the Enterprise in Star Trek: The Next Generation before Patrick Stewart latimes.com/entertainment…
One of JFK's favorite books begin with the funeral of Edward VII, at that point the world's largest gathering of world leaders for a state funeral. The first funeral to have more world leaders present was JFK's own burial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
During the Seige of Stirling Castle, even after surrender, King Edward I of England insisted on using the largest trebuchet ever built, the Warwolf, to take down part of the castle anyway. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
John Edward H. Rulloff has the second largest brain ever recorded. He was a doctor, lawyer, photographer, inventor, school master, philologist, phrenologist, and carpet designer. He was also a serial killer. In jail he wrote a book on the evolution of language and was allowed to teach students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about Edward Leedskalnin, an old man who moved giant stones by himself and created the Coral Castle in Florida. He told others that he knew the secrets on how the pyramids were built but died before anyone else knew. His journals said he used electromagnetism to make giant stones β€œweightless” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about John Deydras, a man who claimed to be the true son of Edward I. After being put on trial, Deydras accused of being misled by his devil-possessed cat. Both he and his cat were subsequently hanged. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
NFL running back Robert Edwards was fresh off a 1,000 yard rookie season when he destroyed his knee in a beach football game at the Pro Bowl. His NFL career was ruined and his team, the New England Patriots, would go on to win 3 Super Bowls in the next 6 years without him. theglobeandmail.com/sport…
Medal of Honor recipient Edward Carter could speak five languages, fought in his first war at 15, and joined the the Spanish Civil War to fight fascists at 20 before eventually fighting in WW2. Despite his heroism in combat, he and all other black awardees would not be recognized until 1997. militarymuseum.org/Carter…
Today I learned of the Republic XF-84H, the loudest aircraft ever built. Its engine was audible from 22 miles away, and Edwards Air Force Base was worried the noise would break windows in the control tower. The airplane was not popular at Edwards, and is rumored to have caused several miscarriages. airspacemag.com/how-thing…
Edward Rulloff, a 19th-century serial killer, doctor, philologist, and inventor, was deemed so intelligent that even after his conviction for murder, some believed he was too valuable to be hanged. Even Mark Twain jokingly offered to find a replacement to take his place at the gallows. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
In 1965 Edward Turner from British motorcycle company BSA said that small Japanese bikes were good for BSA, as they would attract potential riders of bigger bikes. However, he did not predict that the Japanese would then export attractive larger motorcycles, thus threatening companies like BSA. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
Today I learned of the Fieschi Letter from 1327, which claims that King Edward II was not murdered as always assumed but changed clothes with a servant, killed the gate-keeper where he was imprisoned and escaped to exile in Europe. The letter was rediscovered 500 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fie…
Regis Philbin broadcasted from Prince Edward Island in July 2010 but disliked local mussels and oysters because they were salty and squirmy. P.E.I.'s tourism office hoped "Live! With Regis & Kelly" would bring attention and tourism to the island, at a cost of $1 million to taxpayers ctvnews.ca/regis-and-kell…
After his success in Terminator 2, Edward Furlong, 15 and his former stand-in and tutor, 28 year old Jacqueline Domac, began a relationship that lasted for a few years. His guardian, Sean Furlong filed a complaint against Domac, but was unsuccessful en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Irish Guardsman Edward Charlton was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for using a .30 cal machine gun to stop a numerically superior German force from overrunning his unit’s position. Ironically, many accounts of his actions came from the opposing Germans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned about Mary Edwards, a woman in 18th Century England who was a mathematical prodigy and calculated the tables required to determine longitude at sea. This paved the way for accurate navigation and the British Empire to dominate the world's seas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Edward Bowen and his wife did not board the Lusitania after reading Germany’s warning in the newspaper that Germany would sink the ship. They were the only two that cancelled their plans ellsworthamerican.com/mai…
Playboy Playmate Miss March 1957 Saundra Edwards killed her ex-husband with a shotgun blast through the heart when he broke into the house where she was staying. The jury ruled the shooting as justifiable homicide. The scandal, however, abruptly ended her acting career en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sau…
Edward de Vere (17th Earl of Oxford) did not go into voluntary exile for farting while bowing to the Queen - as commonly reported. He was exiled from court for impregnating one of the Queen's maid's of honour. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edw…
Today I learned of Master Sergeant Roddie Edwards, the ranking US officer at a Nazi POW camp. When Nazis told him to assemble his Jewish soldiers, he instead assembled all of his soldiers and told the German commandant that "we are all Jews here." He saved up to 200 Jewish soldiers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod…

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