Lady Margaret Beaufort, who was married to Edmund Tudor at age 12, gave birth to the future Henry VII at just age 13. A political pawn during the Wars of the Roses, her first marriage took place when she was no older than 3. wikipedia.org/wiki/Lady_M…
The first recorded instance of a person living in three centuries was that of Margaret Ann Neve, a woman from the British island of Guernsey who lived from 1792 to 1903. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Pepperidge Farm (cookie brand) was founded by a woman named Margaret Rudkin. She got into baking due to her son's severe asthma and his allergies to most processed foods. After her success selling her baked goods, she sold the company to Campbell's and became their first female board member. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pep…
That, as well as being the UK's first female Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher was also the first Prime Minister to hold a science degree. She had trained as a chemist at Oxford. lrb.co.uk/the-paper/v35/n…
Four months before his infamous match against Billie Jean King, 55-year old Bobby Riggs played against the top-ranked female tennis player at the time, Margaret Court. He won easily in straight sets: 6-2, 6-1 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
On his 82nd birthday party in 1993, Ronald Reagan, to everyone's surprise, toasted Margaret Thatcher twice using identical words and gestures. He was then diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in the next year newsweek.com/edmund-morri…
Today I learned about Margaret Schilling a mental patient who went missing in December 1978. Jan '79 local news reporting her escaped. 5 weeks later, worker finds her body locked alone in a construction area. Her decomp left a stain in the marble of her death pose that endures to today. lightforcenetwork.com/oli…
After Margaret Schilling went missing in the Athens Lunatic Asylum, her body was found one month later in a locked abandoned part of the hospital. The gruesome stain on the floor can still be seem today and the mystery surrounding her death has never been solved historicmysteries.com/mar…
Margaret Mitchell's husband said to her "For God's sake, Peggy, can't you write a book instead of reading thousands of them?" She went on to write "Gone with the Wind." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
In 1940, Princess Juliana of The Netherlands was evacuated to Ottawa Canada. When her child Margaret was born, Canada declared her rooms at the Hospital as extraterritorial so the baby would have Dutch nationality. As thanks, Princess Juliana has given Ottawa 10,000 tulip bulbs every year since. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jul…
Dr. William Marston, a famous psychologist, created Wonder Woman in 1941. He was interested in the women's suffrage movement and in Margaret Sanger, the birth control and women's rights activist β€” who was also his mistress's aunt npr.org/2014/10/27/359078…
The Wayside house in Massachusetts was home to three writers: Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Margaret Atwood's popular novel "The Handmaid's Tale," was first adapted into a film back in 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Margaret Hamilton, known for her role as the Wicked Witch of the West, appeared on an episode of Sesame Street in 1976, playing the iconic character. The episode only aired once, however, as many children were traumatized at the sight of the witch. lostmediawiki.com/Sesame_…
Margaret Thatcher performed a short live sketch with "Yes Minister" actors portraying their characters Jim Hacker and Humphrey during an award ceremony, and Creator Jonathan Lynn thanked Thatcher "for taking her rightful place in the field of situation comedy." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, died after surgery when she kicked up her leg cancan-style to show her nurses how well she was feeling, causing a blood clot that had formed in her leg to dislodge and travel to her heart en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted the Soviet Union to keep its troops to East Germany to prevent German reunification spiegel.de/international/…
The inventor of the Teddy Bear was Margaret Steiff, a German woman who also had three paralyzed limbs due to polio. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of the Eidophone, an instrument which created images from the interaction of voice and materials. Inventor Margaret Watts-Hughes, a Welsh singer, was working with a device similar to Bell's Photophone when she noticed perfect geometrical patterns formed according to clarity and calibre of voice. publicdomainreview.org/es…
After the death of Margaret Thatcher in 2013 the song β€œDing Dong! The Witch Is Dead” from the Wizard of Oz entered the British music charts at number two. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Curious George, the beloved children's book and its authors, escaped the Nazis and the Holocaust by escaping France by bicycle. Margaret and H.A. Rey biked 439 miles from Paris to the Spain border with little else besides their unpublished manuscript about a mischievous monkey. people.com/movies/curious…
When Haim Saban pitched Power Rangers to the Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), the network almost passed on the show, feeling it was horrible and cheesy. Margaret Loesch, head of the FOX's division, Fox Kids, successfully convinced FOX to pick up the show for her network and it was an instant hit. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Today I learned about James Barry (born Margaret Bulkley), an esteemed military surgeon who reformed medical standards across the British Empire. He performed one of the 1st C-sections where both mother & child survived. After Barry's death in 1865, it was discovered his assigned sex at birth was female. thecanadianencyclopedia.c…
Whilst Filming the Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland was shunned by the Scarecrow, Tinman and Cowardly Lion due to jealousy. Her only friend on the set was Margaret Hamilton who played the Wicked Witch of the West express.co.uk/expressyour…
"Peggy" is short for "Margaret". The name "Peg" is the diminutive of "Peggy" which is derived from "Meggy", a diminutive version of the name "Margaret". So "Peg" and "Peggy" are short for "Margaret". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peg…
Today I learned about renowned British military surgeon James Barry, a pioneer in the medical field with a career spanning over 50 years. After his death in 1865 the nurse prepping his body for burial noted female anatomy and stretch marks from pregnancy. Barry had been born a woman named Margaret Ann Bulkley. history.com/news/the-extr…
Today I learned of Margaret Reed. Margaret was convicted of being a witch in 1590 in King's Lynn and was burned at the stake. Legend has it, while she burned, her heart burst from her chest and smashed into the building across the street. The spot where her heart struck is still visible to this day. edp24.co.uk/news/weird-no…
In 1976, Margaret Hamilton reprised her role as the Wicked Witch of the West for an episode of Sesame Street. Screenings showed kids were "exceptionally attentive" during scenes with the witch and their fear was difficult to judge. The episode was never re-run and became lost. muppet.fandom.com/wiki/Ep…
Margaret Thatcher said in 1973 that she didn't think there would be a woman Prime Minister in her lifetime. Six years later, she became the Prime Minister. margaretthatcher.org/docu…
In 1724 Margaret Dickson was hanged but later found still alive. She then was allowed to go free because under Scots Law her punishment had been carried out. Only later were the words "until dead" added to the sentence of hanging en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
The original Archie McPhee punching nun puppet had Margaret Thatcher's face mcphee.com/blogs/news/nun…
50 years before women were allowed to enroll into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer. ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-med…
In 1982, Deng Xiaoping threatened Margaret Thatcher that China could seize Hong Kong in a day. Thatcher replied she wouldn't be able to stop the Chinese but it "would bring about Hong Kong's collapse" scmp.com/article/48108/th…
Margaret Abbott was the first American woman to win an Olympic gold, coming first in the women's golf tournament in 1900. She didn't realise she was competing in the Olympics at the time, and lived her whole life without finding out. teamusa.org/News/2016/Mar…
Today I learned about Margaret Chase Smith. She was the first woman to serve in both the House and the Senate. She was also the first woman to have her name be on the nomination at either major party's convention in 1964. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
After British ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died, a campaign was started to bring "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" from "The Wizard of Oz"to the top of the music charts. It sold over 50,000 copies and entered at Number Two. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Judge Lance Ito (from the O.J. Simpson murder trial) first met his wife Margaret, an LAPD deputy chief, at an Eagle Rock murder scene. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Today I learned of Margaret Abbott, a woman who competed in and won a golf tournament in Paris. After her death, it was discovered that this tournament was part of the poorly-organized 1900 Olympics. She never knew she was an Olympian. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about one of the few validated cases of a person to have lived in three separate centuries | Margaret Ann Neve (18 May 1792 – 4 April 1903) is also the oldest person born in the 1700's en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The Academy Awards are nicknamed, "The Oscars" only because old-time Academy Member Margaret Herrick once said the statue looked like her Uncle Oscar. That's it, and the name stuck all the way to present day... businessinsider.com/why-a…
Queen Elizabeth and Anthony Eden told Princess Margaret she could marry Peter Townsend, a divorcee, and keep her titles, public life and privileges, on the condition that their children were removed from the succession. It was Margaret’s decision not to marry him, unlike popular belief telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch in "The Wizard of Oz", was so badly burned during one of the smoke scenes that it took her six week to recover. When she returned to set, she had to wear green gloves as her hand was not fully healed. huffpost.com/entry/wizard…
While playing the Wicked Witch of the West, Margaret Hamilton suffered second-degree burns due to a pyrotechnics accident, so she refused to do any more "fireworks" scenes. Later her stunt double was on a flying broomstick, which exploded between her legs and left her permanently scarred. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Four months before facing Billie Jean King in the "Battle of the Sexes," Bobby Riggs played a match against Margaret Court, the world number 1 at the time. Riggs defeated Court in two quick sets (6-2, 6-1). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Margaret Thatcher was the last politician named in Pink Floyd's album The Final Cut to die. She died in April 2013. genius.com/Pink-floyd-the…
In 1939, the future Queen Elizabeth and her sister Princess Margaret took their first ever tube ride at the ages of 13 and 8, in a third-class smoking carriage. They were as excited as any two kids on their first tube ride. londonist.com/2013/10/the…
The author of Goodnight Moon (Margaret Wise Brown) died at 42 while showing a doctor how healthy she was feeling. She kicked up her leg, dislodging a blood clot which then travelled to her heart and killed her. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Margaret Thatcher said in 1970 "There will not be a woman prime minister in my lifetime - the male population is too prejudiced." She became prime minister of the UK in 1979. bbc.com/news/magazine-220…
50 years before women were allowed to enroll into medical school, Margaret Ann Bulkley dressed as a man for 56 years to study medicine and become her alter-ego, Dr James Barry. It was only when she died in 1865 that her secret was exposed after 46 years working as an army medical officer. ed.ac.uk/medicine-vet-med…
Margaret Thatcher was reportedly more proud of becoming the first Prime Minister with a science degree than the first female Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Margaret Hamilton who played the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz, went on the Mr Rogers show many years later to help show kids she was a nice woman and not just an old witch who wanted to get kids and their dogs youtu.be/I89lklpp8cM
Margaret Anne Cargill was a philanthropist born into one of the wealthiest families in the world. She gave away more than $200M during her life, always anonymously, and provided that after her death all her wealth go to charity. In 2011 her assets were liquidated, resulting in a $6B donation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Margaret Hamilton, who played the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz, had a guest appearance on Sesame Street which scared so many children it was never aired again. oz.wikia.com/wiki/Margare…
Preventing an abort of the Apollo 11 mission has been attributed to the work of Margaret Hamilton, the lead flight software designer for Project Apollo. She was 31 when the lunar module landed on the moon, running her code, and is credited for coining the term β€œsoftware engineering.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Margaret Thatcher was more proud of being the first UK Prime Minister with a science degree than she was of being the first female Prime Minister. lrb.co.uk/v35/n11/david-r…
Today I learned of Margaret Dickson, a woman who was hanged for the murder of her baby. She later woke up in her coffin and was given a full pardon, living till old age. To prevent that from repeating the sentence for hanging was officially changed to "hanged by the neck UNTIL DEAD", where it remains today. murderpedia.org/female.D/…
When the ex UK prime minister Margaret Thatcher died, the song "Ding dong! The witch is dead! reached number 2 in the UK charts. bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher once called poverty "a personality defect" margaretthatcher.org/docu…
When Walter Keane was sued by his wife Margaret for claiming to be the painter of the "big eye waif" children, she personally created a painting in 53 minutes in the court room to prove her accusation. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/W…
Margaret Thatcher's son conspired with a private mercenary company to stage a coup in a West African country for oil money en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
James Barry (born 1789-1799 as Margaret Ann Bulkleychose) chose to live as a man so that he could become a surgeon. With his sex only being discovered after his death, Barry was the first qualified female British surgeon known, anticipating the next female physician by over 50 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Britain got 'Ding Dong the witch is dead' to number two in the charts after Margaret Thatcher Died bbc.co.uk/news/entertainm…
Margaret MacMillan, the Canadian historian who wrote the book Paris: 1919 about the Versailles Treaty, is the great-granddaughter of David Lloyd-George, the British Prime Minister who negotiated it en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
An Oscar Award give to Margaret O'Brien was stolen by her housekeeper and never recovered. Years later, two men at a flea auction paid $500 for it and returned it to her. jmarkpowell.com/a-childs-…
When Margaret Keane sued her ex-husband, Walter Keane for plagiarizing, The judge asked both of them to paint a painting in front of the courtroom. Walter declined, saying he had a sore shoulder, whereas Margerat completed her painting in 53 minutes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wal…
Matt Groening's parents were Homer and Margaret Groening. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mat…
Margaret Thatcher is quoted as saying "you can’t trust the Irish, they are all liars" irishtimes.com/news/thatc…
During a milestone concert in 1963, in front of British royalty the Queen Mother and Princess Margaret, The Beatles' John Lennon requested, "The people in the cheaper seats, clap your hands. And the rest of you, if you’d just rattle your jewelry." townandcountrymag.com/lei…
Unlike Ronald Reagan, Margaret Thatcher was opposed to German reunification, fearing it would pose risks to European security. Shortly before it fell, she pleaded with Michael Gorbachev to not tear down the Berlin Wall. thehindu.com/todays-paper…
Princess Margaret, Queen Elizabeth's younger sister, almost married future Canadian prime minister John Turner. "It was β€œinstant attraction … fairy tale stuff” with the young bachelor-lawyer and there were rumours about a β€œsecret visit” to London and an order from the Queen to stop seeing him nationalpost.com/news/can…
Margaret Atwood's book The Handmaid's Tale is full of hidden puns and in-jokes, including a reference to Atwood's relationship with Graeme Gibson, which started in 1972, in a graffito on a desk that says "M. loves G. 1972." io9.gizmodo.com/puns-puzz…
Margaret Anne Cargill was a philanthropist born into one of the wealthiest families in the world. She gave away more than $200M during her life, always anonymously, and provided that after her death all her wealth go to charity. In 2011 her assets were liquidated, resulting in a $6B donation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about the funeral of Josip Broz Tito (largest state funeral) which was attended by our kings, 31 presidents, six princes, 22 prime ministers and 47 ministers of foreign affairs, including; Saddam Hussein, Kim Il-sung, Prince Philip, Margaret Thatcher, Walter Mondale and Lillian Gordy Carter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Margaret Cho was rejected by a producer on her show All American Girl. Still heart broken, she looked him up 17 years later to find out that he had bludgeoned his wife to death and put her in his attic where she partially mummified. She wrote a song about him. ew.com/article/2010/06/07…
After being seriously burned in her disappearing scene in Munchkinland, Margaret Hamilton (The Wicked Witch of the West) refused to do a subsequent scene requiring her to ride a smoking pipe broomstick. Her fill-in was hospitalized for eleven days with serious burns when the pipe exploded. oz.wikia.com/wiki/Betty_D…
Margaret Ann Neve is history's first recorded supercentarian, having lived in the 18th, 19th and 20th century. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Margaret Wise Brown, author of β€œGoodnight Moon”, died of a blood clot in 1952 while attempting to do the can-can to prove how well she felt after surgery to remove an ovarian cyst. thestranger.com/slog/2017…
In September 1989, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher pleaded with Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev not to let the Berlin Wall fall and confided that she wanted the Soviet leader to do what he could to stop it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Barbie's full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts and she has an on and off relationship with one Kenneth Carson. She is the daughter of George and Margaret, has 6 siblings, and got her love of reading from her grandmother en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
The names Daisy, Megan, Molly, Peggy and Rita are all diminutives of the same name: Margaret en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The first use of the phrase "May the Fourth be with you" was by a Danish political party which placed a congratulatory advertisement in The London Evening News when Margaret Thatcher took office as Prime Minister on May 4th 1979, "May the Fourth Be with You, Maggie. Congratulations." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Margaret Cavendish, the Duchess of Newcastle, an early proponent of women's right, published in 1666 an early work of science fiction, The Blazing World, the first of the genre written by a woman and used London's first woman printer, Anne Maxwell, to produce the book. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Titanic survivor and philanthropist Margaret Brown (AKA, The Unsinkable Molly Brown) never went by the name of Molly. The name was given to her after her death by a writer. mollybrown.org/many-myths…
President Truman was very protective of his daughter, Margaret. When a critic said that she cannot sing well on stage, Truman shot back "Some day I hope to meet you. When that happens you'll need a new nose, a lot of beefsteak for black eyes, and perhaps a supporter below!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
After Margaret Thatcher died, a Twitter hashtag "#nowthatchersdead" was made. However, some interpreted it as "Now that Cher's dead", and started posting obituaries for the very much alive singer. mashable.com/2013/04/08/c…
Margaret Hamilton, The Wicked Witch of the West, was a Kindergarten Teacher Who was Constantly Afraid of the Impact Her Role had on Kids. nytimes.com/1985/05/17/mo…
Margaret Thacher opposed German reunification, and even allegedly said 'We beat the Germans twice, and now they're back' spiegel.de/international/…
Today I learned about Margaret Schilling a ward of the State in the 70s in a the Ohio University mental ward being decommissioned. She was somehow left behind. Her decomposing body left a permanent stain in the marble floor that persists to today. weekinweird.com/2016/08/0…
The Queen and Margaret Thatcher once wore the same dress, much to the prime minister's horror. To avoid such an embarassment again, she ordered her staff to ask the Palace what the Queen would be wearing. The Palace declined, saying "Her Majesty never notices what other people wear." blogs.telegraph.co.uk/new…
Former British PM Margaret Thatcher feared GCSE exams would lower standards in Britain's schools itv.com/news/2014-12-30/f…
Margaret Thatcher, Education Secretary under Sir Edward Heath, abolished free milk for school children over the age of 7 in 1971 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
David Letterman's stalker Margaret Ray was the third of her siblings to commit suicide due to mental illness. She was frequently caricatured in the media at the time. nytimes.com/1998/11/22/ny…
The appearance of the Powerpuff Girls was directly influenced by the art style of 1960s artist Margaret Keane. This is why in the show, the girls' teacher is named Ms. Keane 5x5media.com/eye/inte/cmc…
H.A. and Margaret Rey, the creators of Curious George, fled Nazi-occupied Paris on homemade bicycles with the first Curious George manuscript smithsonianmag.com/arts-c…
When someone asked British PM Margaret Thatcher if she was concerned about Germany beating England in football, she said "No, we already beat them twice this century at their national game." jimpoz.com/quotes/Speaker…
Margaret Thompson was the first woman to win an Olympic medal in a shooting sport (silver) in 1976 after tying with the gold medal winner. When the Olympic committee refused a shootoff, the gold medalist pulled Thompson onto the gold medal platform with him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Margaret Leeson, notorious Irish 18th century brothel madam. Born to comfort, she fled home when her brother assumed control. Entering the prostitution business, she rose to success. After 'reforming', finances strained - prompting her series of scandalous, best selling memoirs. womensmuseumofireland.ie/…
Margaret Sanger (founder of planned parent hood) believed in Eugenics, and also gave a speech at a KKK meeting. washingtontimes.com/news/…
Margaret Thatcher opposed the reunification of Germany, and pleaded with soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev to not let the Berlin Wall fall en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Margaret Thatcher's son, Mark, an arms dealer, made fortune from the deal signed by his mother. independent.co.uk/news/uk…

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