The widowed wife of Lee Harvey Oswald (the man who shot JFK), Marina Oswald Porter, is still alive and living in Texas. She still believes that he was innocent of the assassination. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of The London Beer Flood. An 1814 industrial disaster that sent a 15-foot high tsunami of beer sweeping through the streets after a giant vat of porter broke in a local brewery. The flood claimed the lives of at least 8 people. More deaths followed in the days after related to alcohol poisoning. historic-uk.com/HistoryUK…
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State taskandpurpose.com/histor…
Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan played the same character on the All My Children soap opera. Jordan landed the role of Reggie Porter after Boseman was fired from it for Refusing to Play a Racial Stereotype indiewire.com/2019/01/cha…
Today I learned of the London Beer Flood when a large vat of fermenting porter burst, releasing a quarter-million gallons of beer into the streets and killing 8 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Jim Leavelle, the detective who famously witnessed Jack Ruby shoot Harvey Oswald, accidentally shot researcher and photographer Bob Porter in the arm, using the same model gun Ruby had used. Porter recovered at Parkland Hospital, the same facility where Kennedy, Oswald, and Ruby all went. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned of the K2 first ascent controversy. 1954: team member Bonatti was accused of not bringing enough oxygen to the 2 mountaineers who completed the ascent. 2007: it was recognised that Bonatti and porter Mahdi brought the oxygen and were left outside the tent at 8000m+, which they barely survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
The estate Warren Harding signed the Knox-Porter Resolution in (effectively ending U.S. involvement in World War I) burned down in the 1950s and is now a Burger King. atlasobscura.com/places/t…
The team that helped Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay first climb Mount Everest in 1953 numbered at nearly 400 persons. There were 350 porters, 30 Sherpas, and 13 climbers. storymaps.arcgis.com/stor…
At George Washington's 1787 farewell party, 56 people drank 60 bottles of claret, 54 bottles of Madeira, 8 bottles of hard cider, 8 bottles of whiskey, 22 bottles of porter, and 7 large bowls of alcoholic punch; the bar tab cost $15 000 in today's money. vinepair.com/wine-blog/th…
The Pollyanna Principle, named after the cheerful character in Eleanor H. Porter's novel, is the tendency for people to remember pleasant history more accurately than unpleasant history. The principle is the basis of nostalgia, remembering past experiences as more rosy than in reality. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pol…
Today I learned about USS William D Porter, the unluckiest Ship, accidentally fired a live torpedo towards a ship carrying FDR. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
Today I learned of the USS William D. Porter which accidentally shot a live torpedo at the USS Iowa while President Franklin D. Roosevelt was on-board and heading to the Tehran conference. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Today I learned of the London Beer flood of 1814, where a 22 foot vat of Porter beer burst, flooding the streets and killing 8 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lon…
Today I learned of the USS Indianola, a Civil War river gunboat captured by the CSA. In a clever response, Admiral Porter used scrap timber and a barge to create a fake ironclad. The dummy was sent drifting downriver, and the Confederates were so panicked they destroyed the Indianola. The dummy's cost? $8.63 historynet.com/admiral-po…
In 1787, two days before they signed off on the Constitution, the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention partied at a tavern, where they drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch. huffpost.com/entry/alcoho…
Clarence King, 1st Dir. of USGS, explorer & surveyor of American West thought to be a bachelor was revealed after his death to be secretly married to Ada Copeland, a black maid. King was white but told Ada he was light-skinned black porter. She did not know he was famous til after he died. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Porter Rockwell, the wild west lawman, was once accused of the attempted assassination of Missouri governor Lilburn Boggs. The jury were convinced of his innocence in part by his reputation as a deadly gunslinger and his statement that he "never shot at anybody, if I shoot they get shot!" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
Broadway legend Cole porter owned a luxury apartment in Paris where he would throw lavish parties that featured bisexual orgies, crossdressing, and drugs; that were attended by Italian nobility. wikipedia.org/wiki/Cole_P…
Dolly Parton wrote 'I Will Always Love You' about the man that launched her career by having her on his TV show 'The Porter Wagoner Show.' Eventually, Dolly told him she was parting ways with him in 1974 to go solo and he was very hurt and got bitter. She wrote it as an "I'm sorry." rollingstone.com/music/mu…
The Association for the Mutual Assistance of the French Nobility was created in the 1930's after two nobles noticed the porter carrying their baggage in the railway station was a fellow aristocrat bbc.com/news/magazine-376…
During a drill in 1943, the USS William D. Porter accidentally fired a torpedo at the USS Iowa which was carrying US President Franklin D. Roosevelt at the time. The entire crew was rumored to have been arrested when they returned to shore. youtube.com/watch?v=f9Gb4…
The USS William D. Porter accidentally damaged a destroyer, mishandled a depth charge that could have destroyed the ship and almost sunk the USS Iowa, which would have killed President Franklin D. Roosevelt, all in less than a week. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The bar tab of a 1787 farewell party for George Washington is still intact. β€œAccording to the bill… [The Founding Fathers] drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, 8 of whiskey, 22 of porter, 8 of hard cider, 12 of beer, and 7 bowls of alcoholic punch”. The party had 55 attendees. reason.com/archives/2014/…
The USS William D. Porter, a destroyer in WW2, sank its sister ship leaving port, almost assassinated President FDR (twice), and finally ended up being sunk by a plane that had already crashed. warhistoryonline.com/inst…
There was an 18th Century group where all members were named "George", but opposed the naming of Railroad Porters as "George" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
A "Sherpa" isnt a porter on mountain-climbing expedition but an ethnic group living mostly in Nepal, Tibet and Bhutan. Sherpas all have the surname "Sherpa". The name was mistakenly given to them by Nepalese census takers who didn't realize that last names are not a part of Sherpa culture. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
In November 1943 the USS William D Porter accidentally fired a live torpedo at the USS Iowa while President Franklin D Roosevelt was on board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Portmanteau is a portmanteau of "porter" and "Manteau" (a woman's cloak), originally meaning a 19th century briefcase. It was first used to specify a type of compound word by Humpty Dumpty in the 1871 novel "Through the Looking Glass." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Por…
At the beginning of the 20th century, flamingos nearly were extinct in the Bahamas due to overhunting. Audubon’s Robert Porter Allen paid the islanders to protect them and campaigned for the locals to eat wild pigs instead. Flamingos now outnumber humans on Inagua by a factor of about a 100 to 1 audubon.org/news/these-ba…
In 1943 the USS William D. Porter, a U.S. Naval Destroyer accidentally fired a live torpedo at the USS Iowa, which at the time, President Roosevelt was currently on. Luckily the torpedo detonated before hitting the Iowa when it struck heavy waves. taskandpurpose.com/wwii-n…
When Chris O'Dowd married Dawn Porter, she changed her name to Dawn O'Porter en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
The first expedition to successfully climb Mount Everest, attributed to Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay, comprised an additional 13 mountaineers, 1 journalist, 20 Sherpa guides and 362 local porters en.wikipedia.org/wiki/195…
Two days before signing the constitution the founding fathers drank "54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch." huffingtonpost.com/stanto…
DeWalt, Porter-Cable, Craftsman, Cribmaster, Proto, Mac Tools, BlackHawk, Bostitch, and SidChrome are all owned by Stanley Black & Decker stanleyblackanddecker.com…
Today I learned of Bill Porter, a man born with severe cerebral palsy, that slurred his speech, could barely walk, yet became the top door-to-door salesman in his company's history, selling in the worst territory. people.com/people/archive…
The entire crew of the USS William D Porter, a WW2 destroyer, were placed under arrest after accidentally firing a torpedo at President Roosevelt aboard the USS Iowa during training drills. Other mishaps and failings give the ship one of the worst careers in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
On October 17, 1814, a three-story-high vat of beer exploded inside a London brewery and unleashed a tidal wave of porter that killed eight people in the neighboring tenements. history.com/news/the-lond…
Female personal financial guru of the 1930's Sylvia Porter used S.F. Porter so people wouldn't know the articles author was a woman. She revealed her sex in 1942. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syl…
Today I learned of Clarence King, a white 19th C explorer who led a second life as James Todd, a black porter with a wife and children en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Josh Porter the Stamford Branch Manager in The Office is also a country musician. charlesesten.com/
Today I learned of the Society for the Prevention of Calling Sleeping Car Porters "George": a society of men named George including King George V. Founded as a joke, the SPCSCPG did actually help to fight the racist practice of calling black railroad employees "George" regardless of their real name. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
The Simpsons Executive Producer James L. Brooks got his start writing for the panned, short-lived 1965 sitcom 'My Mother the Car' about a man whose dead mother possessed and communicated to him through a 1928 Porter touring car. The 'Lovematic Grandpa' Simpsons segment later parodied this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/My_…
While the USS William D. Porter was escorting a ship carrying Franklin D. Roosevelt to Tehran, it not only dropped a live depth charge into the water by mistake, but also accidentally fired a live torpedo at the President of the United States. historylists.org/events/5…
When the first escalator was installed in a London department store, a porter was hired to stand at the top and offer brandy to customers who were upset by the ride trivia-library.com/b/stor…
While escorting President Franklin D. Roosevelt and many other top officials, the USS Iowa was accidentally fired upon by a torpedo from the USS Porter (DD-579). The Iowa responded by aiming her sights at the Porter, in fear that an assassination plot was in progress. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In 1943 the US Destroyer USS William D. Porter accidentially shot a armed torpedo at the USS Iowa which had president Roosevelt aboard. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In 1814 a vat of beer erupted in London so large that a tidal wave of porter destroyed a number of homes near the brewery and killed eight people en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hor…
The 55 Constitutional Convention delegates once drank 54 bottles of Madeira, 60 bottles of claret, eight of whiskey, 22 of porter, eight of hard cider, 12 of beer and seven bowls of alcoholic punch...in one night. thefix.com/content/who-we…
The USS William D. Porter almost killed President Franklin Roosevelt prior to his first meeting with the Allies during a gun drill in the Atlantic Ocean taskandpurpose.com/wwii-n…

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