According to Paul McCartney there is no mystery to who broke up the Beatles. John Lennon did. He called a meeting and said he was leaving the band. noise11.com/news/paul-mcc…
Bruce McAllister, a 16 year-old student, in 1963 wrote to 150 authors to settle a dispute with his English teacher about textual symbolism. More than 75 replied, including Ray Bradbury, John Updike, and Saul Bellow. McAllister later became an acclaimed author and literature professor. theparisreview.org/blog/2…
Robert Frost couldn't read the poem he wrote for John F. Kennedy's inauguration due to the glare on the snow being too strong. So he instead recited one he knew from memory. biography.com/news/john-f…
Today I learned of a "cargo cult" in the South Pacific who worship an American soldier named John Frum. The cult started after American troops visited the island in WWII, with much more advanced technology than the indigenous people had ever seen. The cult believes John Frum will one day return, bringing cargo. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
In 2009 John Kane found a vulnerability in video poker machines that would allow him to cash out winning hands at a much higher bet amount than he actually wagered. Since it was determined that he was simply pressing buttons that he was allowed to press, he was able to keep the money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Suzanne Somers was fired from 'Three’s Company' for asking for equal pay with her male co-star, John Ritter, who was earning five times her salary. biography.com/news/suzann…
Britain's worst nuclear accident, would have been much worse, were it not for Sir John Douglas Cockcroft. Whom insisted on installing filters onto the exhaust shaft of the Windscale Nuclear Power Plant. When the accident happened the radioactive dust was reduced by 95%. bbc.com/news/uk-england-c…
Today I learned about John Bulkeley, who evacuated MacArthur from the Philippines, recruited JFK into the Navy, and tested security on the base he commanded by dressing up as a ninja and sneaking around at night en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
When John Lennon performed "Woman Is the N****r of the World" on the Dick Cavett Show, Cavett was told to apologise for the song's content before the performance. The show received about 600 letters of complaint - but all criticized Cavett's apology, not the song's lyrics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
Civil War General John Sedgwick was killed when he stood up behind Union fortifications and proclaimed β€œThey couldn’t hit an elephant at this distance!!” and was promptly shot by a Confederate sniper en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Between 1978 and 1983, John Williams won six Grammy Awards for Best Score in a row. He won them for Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Empire, Raiders, and E.T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
John von Newmann was a child prodigy who could divide eight-digit numbers in his head by age six and learned calculus by age eight. He developed the computer architecture that virtually all computing devices use today. He became a US strategic adviser and his game theory led to the MAD doctrine. content.time.com/time/mag…
America's oldest, unbroken treaty relationship is with Morocco, which was the first nation to recognize the US. The treaty was signed by Thomas Jefferson, John Adams, and Sultan Muhammad III. It has lasted 232 years and is called the "Treaty of Friendship". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mor…
Today I learned of John, a teen who was the first person in the UK charged with inciting his own murder. He found his real-life friend Mark in a chatroom and convinced Mark to kill him (John) via a web of fictional characters. Mark stabbed John, convinced the CIA had ordered him to. crimeandinvestigation.co.…
Dwight D. Eisenhower wanted to attend his son John's graduation from West Point, but was unable to do so because he was "a bit too busy with work." On graduation day - June 6, 1944 - the elder Eisenhower was overseeing the Allied invasion of Normandy. pennlive.com/entertainmen…
The highest g force voluntarily experienced by a person was 46.2 g's by John Stapp. He rode a rocket sled that reached a top speed of 632 MPH, The land speed record at the time and he stopped in 1 second. For a brief moment his body weighed 7700 pounds. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
John Walker created the match by accident in 1826. He was scraping a mixture of dried chemicals off of a stick in his hearth and it caught fire. Against the advice of friends he did not patent his idea, leading to others greatly profiting off of his invention thenorthernecho.co.uk/new…
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…
John Wayne Bobbitt's penis was not only cut off and thrown out of a moving car it was also successfully reattached and he starred in two adult films after the incident. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
John Stark, an unpaid rescuer of the Donner Party, refused to leave any of the 9 dying survivors, mostly children, behind (unlike his paid partners who just grabbed one kid each and left). He carried 2-3 at a time, then went back and repeated the process. All 9, and Stark, survived. donnersummithistoricalsoc…
John Tyler (10th president of the United States) is the only president ever laid to rest under a flag other than the United States. Tyler was a big supporter of the Confederacy and the secession of the South from the United States, so his coffin was instead draped with a Confederate flag. robinsonlibrary.com/ameri…
The first recorded use of the word dystopia was when John Stuart Mill coined it to describe British governance of Ireland. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dys…
Bizzy Bone of Bone Thugs N Harmony was abducted at age 4, which led to abuse and him being molested for 2 years. John Walsh shared the story on America's Most Wanted in 1983 which led to his rescue. Bizzy went on the show in 2002 to update and thank John Walsh. Video in link. cleveland.com/entertainme…
Sean Astin (Samwise Gamgee) was raised by John Astin (Gomez Addams from The Addams Family sitcom) But DNA paternal testing between John and two other men twenty-six years after Sean's birth -- John Astin was proven not to be Sean Astin's biological Father. news.amomama.com/189964-m…
The "Leaning Tower of Pisa" should have collapsed a long time ago, but British Engineer John Burland managed to reverse the tilt. He could have made it completely straight but only reversed the tilt by 10% out of fear that turning it into the "Tower of Pisa" would anger a lot of people. listerious.com/facts-abou…
Since 1999 John O’Hurley, the actor who played J. Peterman on Seinfeld, has been a part owner of the J. Peterman company and serves on its board of directors rollingstone.com/culture/…
John Astin, who played Gomez in the 1960's Addams Family is the man who raised LOTR actor Sean Astin as his stepchild. Due to Sean's mother, actress Patty Duke not knowing which man was the actual father when Sean was born, and a subsequent divorce and remarrying, Sean now has 4 'Dads'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea…
The term "Code Adam", a system at several American retailers put in place in the event of a missing child, is named for Adam Walsh, the murdered son of John Walsh, former host of America's Most Wanted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
John Capenter's "The Thing" was the first movie in a Trilogy by Carpenter named "The Apocalypse Trilogy" all set in the same universe beginning with 'The Thing', followed by 'Prince of Darkness' and ending with 'In the Mouth of Madness'. theverge.com/2012/9/2/327…
Robert Frost, an influential poet who won 4 Pulitzer Prizes in Poetry and many more, was the first poet to read at a presidential inauguration. He read at John F Kennedy's inauguration on January 20, 1961 at the age of 86. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
There have been only 2 fully intact Colossal Squid specimens that have been caught (in a condition good enough to study) and both Squids were found by the same man - John Bennett. youtu.be/drwwoJ8TAJc
The comedy central office assistant who received the call that dave chappelle had left chappelle's show was john mulaney deadline.com/2019/12/john…
Today I learned of John Brown. An abolitionist who was the first person executed for treason in the US for leading a slave rebellion in 1859. His actions and hanging helped ignite the start of the Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Johns Hopkins University professor proposed to do away with time zones completely and put the entire world on universal time (UTC). Under this system, when it's 9:00 in one place, it's 9:00 everywhere on the plane. science.howstuffworks.com…
In the 1960s The Beatles wanted to make their own version of The Lord of the Rings, directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring John Lennon as Gollum and Paul McCartney as Frodo. However, Tolkien didn't give them the rights to his work. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Martha Washington lived in "The White House", a plantation owned by her first husband, John Custis. The actual White House was finished and first occupied by President John Adams, and was first actually called the "White House" by Teddy Roosevelt. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whi…
During the last few months for jazz legend John Coltrane’s death, he would take the sax out of his mouth during performances and start beating his chest, chanting, yodeling, and screaming. Sometimes Coltrane felt like even his sax couldn’t truly express what he wanted to say. jazzwise.com/other/articl…
The Netherlands loaned 2,5 million dollars to John Adams, who was the ambassador to NL back in 1782. This was done in order to stabilize the US after their war of independence finished. In today's value that would be a loan of roughly 150 billion dollars. nlintheusa.com/holland-lo…
A surgeon named John Bradmore was released from prison to extract an arrowhead from young Henry V's skull. He invented an extractor to remove the bodkin (5 in. deep) and healed the wound with honey and wine. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of John Sedgwick, a civil war General who shortly prior to being killed by a rifle shot was heard reprimanding his soldiers for flinching when the enemy fired by saying: "They couldn't hit an elephant from there" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
It is an annual tradition at the Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station to screen John Carpenter's 'The Thing'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amu…
Tom and Jerry actually got their names from a studio-wide competition to come up with permanent names for the cat and mouse. This was won by John Carr who bagged himself $50 as a reward. Before this chance Tom was known as Jasper and Jerry was nameless. timeoutdubai.com/kids/fea…
Dan Aykroyd conceived "Ghostbusters" as a project for himself and John Belushi. They would travel through time and space to combat a host of demonic and supernatural threats. Following Belushi's death, however, Aykroyd was paired with Ramis to rewrite the script set in New York City. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
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…
1996 Olympic Gold wrestler Valentin Yordanov trained at Foxcatcher Farm and later inherited 80% of the net worth of its owner John du Pont, a testicle-less man who died in prison after becoming the sole 'Forbes 400 Richest Americans' to be convicted of murder. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Betty White was good friends with famed author John Steinbeck. White's husband Allen Ludden attended the same school as Steinbeck's wife Elaine. The couples became close friends and Steinbeck gave an early draft of his Nobel Prize acceptance speech to Ludden for his birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The ancestors of Dr. Samuel Mudd, who harbored and set John Wilkes Booth’s broken leg after killing President Lincoln, still believe he was innocent and did not know it was Booth at his house that night, even though he was famous, Dr. Mudd had met him multiple times, and he knew of the plot. drmudd.org/
, after Pope John Paul II recovered from the assassination attempt on him by Turkish murderer Mehmet in 1981, The Pope visited Mehmet in the prison he was being held captive and forgave him history.com/this-day-in-h…
Freddie Mercury, upon releasing his only solo album in 1985, added special thanks to his Queen bandmates, Brian, Roger and John, β€œfor not interfering”. Less than three months later Queen performed their legendary live set at Wembley for Live Aid udiscovermusic.com/storie…
At the 1975 Country Music Association Awards (CMAs), the Entertainer of the Year award was presented by a visibly intoxicated Charlie Rich, who burned the paper with the winner's name (John Denver) with a cigarette lighter onstage. It permanently damaged Rich's popularity. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…

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