Actress Margaret Hamilton, best known for terrifying multiple generations as the Wicked Witch of the West, was a former kindergarten teacher who used her fame to benefit children, animals, and public education for the rest of her life. She was described as very kind and great with kids. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. During the battle of Fort Washington, her husband fell in action. She took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Princess Margaret's husband, Lord Snowdon, represented Cambridge in 1950 in the famous Oxford & Cambridge Boat Race. Cambridge won. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
Today I learned about 78-year-old twin sisters Margaret and Marjorie Barthel β€” who were purposefully and lovingly feeding rats, nurturing an exponentially multiplying population of rats on the affluent Westside of LA, which experts believe ranged from tens of thousands to as many as a half-million Rats laweekly.com/palisades-ra…
The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz wore extremely toxic paint to make her face green. It contained high levels of copper. The actress, Margaret Hamilton, had to be on a strict liquid diet while filming due to this. doyouremember.com/98597/i…
, to avert meat shortages during WWII, the US government hired a team of scientists (including anthropologist Margaret Mead) to encourage Americans to eat organ meats. The team rebranded organs as "variety meats" and produced cookbooks and classes to teach Americans to use them theatlantic.com/health/ar…
Kane Tanaka, the world's oldest person, was alive at the same time as Margaret Ann Neve, who was born when George Washington was President. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kan…
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…
Margaret Thatcher insisted on writing a sketch for the multiple BAFTA-winning comedy 'Yes, Minister', with herself playing the lead, which was performed and broadcast. Many of the cast hadn't wanted to appear, because she was known to lack any sense of humour. theguardian.com/tv-and-ra…
In 2008 Margaret Seltzer published a memoir, "Love and Consequences: A Memoir of Hope and Survival" about growing up as a half Native American Blood gang member in South Central LA. However Seltzer is white and grew up in an affluent LA suburb, attending private school en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
The name Daisy is short for Margaret en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dai…
Margaret Wise Brown, author of Goodnight Moon, died from a blood clot caused by kicking up her leg to show her nurses how well she was feeling after having surgery for an ovarian cyst en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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_…
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…
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…
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…
Margaret Atwood's popular novel "The Handmaid's Tale," was first adapted into a film back in 1990. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
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…
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…
The Wayside house in Massachusetts was home to three writers: Louisa May Alcott, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Margaret Sidney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
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…
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher wanted the Soviet Union to keep its troops to East Germany to prevent German reunification spiegel.de/international/…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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 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…
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…
"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 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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…

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