Hall of Fame pitcher Lee Smith didn’t play baseball until he was a junior in high school, only tried out to win a $10 bet, and only started pitching after his team’s star pitcher was killed in a hunting accident. His first start was a no hitter sportscollectorsdigest.co…
The stick -- a small tree branch -- was inducted into the (U.S.) National Toy Hall of Fame in 2008. Organizers called it one of the world's oldest toys and said sticks "promote free play -- the freedom to invent and discover." toyhalloffame.org/toys/st…
NBA Hall of Fame legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was one of the head writers for 4th season of Veronica Mars in 2019 hollywoodreporter.com/tv/…
In 400s BCE, Athens would herd citizens into a town hall assembly with red-stained ropes to get them to participate in the local Democracy. There was a fine if they got any red die on their clothes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
"Adagio for Strings" by Samuel Barber was one of John F. Kennedy's favorite pieces of music. The Monday after his death, Jackie Kennedy arranged a performance of the piece by the National Symphony Orchestra. They played it to an empty hall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada…
Abraham Lincoln is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame as an Outstanding American (not to mention his 300-1 record). He shares a spot in the hall with three other presidents, a Kentucky Derby winning jockey, the guy who started Benihana, and only one UFC champion. nwhof.org/national-wrestl…
Swedish group ABBA embarked on their 1st major tour in 1977. They would tour Europe ending their tour at London's Royal Albert Hall. Tickets were available by mail application only for which the box office received 3.5 million requests - enough to fill the venue 580 times. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ABB…
Massachusetts Hall is the oldest surviving Harvard building, built between 1718 and 1720. When 640 members of Gen. George Washington’s army took up residence during the Revolutionary War, the damage they caused resulted in some of the earliest recorded renovations to the building news.harvard.edu/gazette/…
Nav Bhatia moved to Toronto in 1984; struggling to find work as a mechanical engineer he sold cars, eventually buying the dealership 2 years later. A "superfan" of the Toronto Raptors, He received an official championship ring and was recently inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nav…
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…
The most profitable act at the Moulin Rouge was a Flatuist known as both Le Petomane and The Fartiste. His performance profited over 20,000 Francs per show, more than double that of Sarah Bernhardt. He would later open his own performance hall and his act was a success until WWI began weirdhistorian.com/le-pet…
Dave Winfield, a former baseball player and hall of famer, was not only drafted by the San Diego Padres in 1973, but also by a NBA team and a NFL team. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Alex Karras, who played Mongo in Blazing Saddles, was also the dad in the 80s sitcom Webster and a member of the NFL Hall of Fame. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Anthony Michael Hall was the first choice to play the lead role of Private Joker in "Full Metal Jacket". Hall spent eight months preparing for the role but could not reach an agreement with Stanley Kubrick regarding monetary compensation, and was replaced by Matthew Modine. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
At 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake, Canadian ice makers secretly hid a loonie (dollar coin) at center ice of the hockey rink. After both Canadian men and women hockey teams won gold, the "lucky loonie" was put in the Hockey Hall of Fame. Canadians still hide coins at the Olympics for luck. cbc.ca/sports/lucky-looni…
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…
Harvey Milk and George Moscone were assassinated, at San Francisco's City Hall, by a former City Supervisor who snuck the weapon in by going around metal detectors history.com/this-day-in-h…
Today I learned about Taxi Dance Halls of the late 1920s and early '30s where lonely men looking for human contact paid 10 cents a song to dance with women for a few minutes. In 1931, there were at least 100 taxi dance halls in New York, visited by up to 50,000 men each week. atlasobscura.com/articles…
Hatcher, the first Triceratops specimen to go on exhibit, was pieced together in 1905 from ten different fossilized specimens and became the centerpiece of the "Hall of Extinct Monsters," and later on underwent 3D replacement as a result of "pyrite disease" after 1998 smithsonianmag.com/blogs/…
Hitler dodged at least 42 assassination attempts. Geroge Elser's Beer Hall time bomb missed by only 13 minutes due to Hitler finishing his speech earlier than expected. history.co.uk/article/kil…
Today I learned about John Morrissey, who went from being a famous gambler during the Gold Rush to a heavyweight boxing champ to the boss of the Irish mob to a New York senator to Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall, which basically controlled NY politics for the Gilded Age, all before dying at 47 years old. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The heaviest weight ever lifted by the nipples is 32.6 kg (71.87 lb) and was achieved by "The Baron" (Finland) at Bush Hall, London, UK on 19 July 2013. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Mr. Met, ranked as the best mascot in all of the sports by Forbes Magazine, and a member of the Mascot Hall of Fame, was briefly replaced by a live mule named Mettle the Mule. allnysports.com/2020/12/1…
Carlos Santana was the first Hispanic Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee in 1998 britannica.com/biography/…
Basketball Hall of Famer George Raveling volunteered as security during MLK's famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Immediately after the speech he asked MLK for the original typewritten manuscript, which he gave him. He still has it and has refused offers of more than $3,000,000 for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_H…
Oliver Cromwell, an English general, was subjected to posthumous execution. His corpse was dug up, hung in chains and beheaded. His head was displayed on a pole outside Westminster Hall for 4 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oli…
Abraham Lincoln is in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, having had only one recorded defeat in a dozen years. snopes.com/fact-check/lin…
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…
George B. McClellan, the mayor of New York in 1904, was to symbolically start the first train at City Hall station and the hand it over to an engineer. However, he enjoyed himself so much that he refused to stop controlling the train until he reached 103rd street. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
Today I learned about Marian Anderson, in 1939 the highest paid singer in the world, denied a venue in Constitution Hall by the D.A.R. because of their whites-only policy instead held a concert Easter Sunday on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. 24 yrs later, MLK would give his "I have a dream" speech here. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Not only there was a 'Rat Pack' and a 'Brat Pack' but there was also a 'Black Pack' that was founded by Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall and featured Robert Townsend, Arsenio Hall, Paul Mooney and Keenen Ivory Wayans. The only white member was Pee-Wee Herman. news.avclub.com/in-1988-p…
The design of the Hall of Justice from the Super Friends TV show was inspired by the Cincinnati Union Terminal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cin…
Stevie Nicks is the only woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame TWICE. Once for Fleetwood Mac and a second time for her solo career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
Today I learned about the Italian Hall Disaster. On December 24, 1913, in Calumet, Michigan. Seventy-three men, women, and children, mostly striking mine workers and their families, were crushed to death in a stampede when someone falsely shouted "fire" at a crowded Christmas party. peoplesworld.org/article/…
The US Capitol Statuatory Hall (which contains two statues donated from each state) includes famed early 1800s secessionist John C. Calhoun from South Carolina and Confederate president Jefferson Davis from Mississippi (as well as other secessionists). aoc.gov/explore-capitol-c…
The song β€œRich Girl” by Hall & Oates was originally written about Victor Walker, a spoilt heir to a fast food chain who was an ex-boyfriend of Hall’s girlfriend. They changed the lyric to rich girl as it sounded better en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 1998 the Montreal suburb of Boucherville intentionally derailed train to use as a emergency generator for the town hall and emergency warming shelters, after power had been knocked out by an ice storm. gizmodo.com/that-time-a-c…
Arsenio Hall helped raise $14,000 in the 1993 Midwest Relief Fund by having 95 South perform "Whoot, there it is" and Tag Team perform "Whoomp, there it is" in a battle of the bands contest people.com/archive/duelin…
Daryl Hall and John Oates, from 80s band Hall & Oates, first met when gunfire from rival gangs broke out at a music competition they were attending and they ran into the same service elevator to escape en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hal…
Richard Melville Hall, better known by his stage name β€œMoby”, is the great-great-great nephew of Herman Melville, the author of Moby-Dick encyclopedia.com/people/l…
Diane Keaton, who starred in movies like Annie Hall and the Godfather, also worked as a real estate developer - renovating mansions in Southern California. Among her famous clients is Madonna - who bought a Beverly Hills mansion from her for $6.5million in 2003. eightieskids.com/things-y…
In prison serial killer John Wayne Gacy painted a picture of the Seven Dwarfs playing baseball against the Chicago Cubs. Art dealer Stephen Koschal purchased it and was able to get Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Joe Dimaggio to autograph it without telling them its origin. miaminewtimes.com/arts/th…
It was once popular to name your children after the President of the United States. Hall of Fame baseball pitcher Grover Cleaveland Alexander is an example of this phenomenon. The trend fell out of style during Nixon’s term. huffpost.com/entry/popula…
Through the first 12 years of his career, Baseball Hall Of Famer Joe DiMaggio had more home runs (349) than strikeouts (333). pinstripealley.com/platfo…
Monty Hall was born Monte Halparin. Excluded from medical school due to secret quotas restricting the number of Jewish students, he got a job in broadcasting. His station misspelled and shortened his names, making him Monty Hall. He co-created and hosted "Let's Make a Deal" for almost 30 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
Leo Fender was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992: a unique achievement given that he never learned to play the instruments that he made a career of making en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo…
IBM Fellow Lubomyr Romankiw was the one who invented Thin Film Magnetic Heads, a revolutionary technology for recording and reading information on hard drives.. Romankiw was inducted in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Washington together with Steve Jobs en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lub…
β€” Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Conway Twitty's court case against the IRS ends with footnote 14 in which the IRS wrote "Ode to Conway Twitty" despite Twitty winning. leagle.com/decision/19832…
George Washington and Abraham Lincoln are both in the National Wrestling Hall of Fame nwhof.org/stillwater/hall…
Today I learned about the Victoria Hall Disaster where throwing treats into the audience during a children's variety show led to a stampede that left 183 children dead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vic…

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