Wataru Misaka the first non-white NBA player described his first game as "It wasn't a big thing" and "Nobody cared." the same year Jackie Robinson broke the baseball color barrier en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
"What We Do in the Shadows" once aired an episode revealing the email address for Colin Robinson (an Energy Vampire who feeds by boring people) and viewers who emailed him received a newsletter in return. The newsletter included articles such as, "The Joy, Comfort and Utility of the Fanny Pack". tivocommunity.com/communi…
Today I learned of Charlie no-face, an urban legend of a monster who takes walks during the nights of Pennsylvania, in reality the man (named Raymond Robinson) had a severely disfigured face because of a childhood accident that he couldn't go in public without causing a panic, so he took night walks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
While most adaptations of The Swiss Family Robinson give the family the last name of Robinson, the name is actually meant to be in reference to how they were shipwrecked like Robinson Crusoe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned about Mack Robinson, who was Jackie Robinson’s older brother. Mack won the silver medal in the 200 meters at the 1936 Olympics, coming in second to Jesse Owens face2faceafrica.com/artic…
Today I learned about Silvio GarcΓ­a, a black Cuban baseball player who was scouted to break the color barrier in MLB. When Branch Rickey asked GarcΓ­a what he would do if a player spit on him, GarcΓ­a replied, "I kill him." That honest answer ended the Cuban experiment, setting the table for Jackie Robinson. mopupduty.com/silvio-garc…
Alexander Selkirk, the bases for Robinson Crusoe survived 4 years on an island where nightly he was attacked by rats but solved this by domesticating feral cats. One day he fell off a cliff hunting goats and landed on his prey, sparing him a broken back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
The song β€œMrs Robinson” by Simon and Garfunkel was originally titled β€œMrs Roosevelt” and was written about Eleanor Roosevelt groovyhistory.com/origina…
The first two African Americans to play Major League Baseball were brothers Fleet Walker and Weldy Walker, who played for the Toledo Blue Stockings in their 1884 season. Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby were the first to breach the color line in baseball's modern era. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
The production team on the show Doctor Who expected that Weakest Link host Anne Robinson would decline to voice the Anne Droid in an episode. Before she accepted the role, they had already hired a celebrity voice impersonator to record the lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bad…
William Ellsworth Robinson pretended to be a Chinese illusionist for most of his life calling himself Chung Ling Soo. in his final moments of his life when he suddenly called out in perfect English β€œOh my God. Something’s happened. Lower the curtain." He died from a failed bullet catch on stage atlasobscura.com/articles…
Today I learned of Raymond Robinson, a severely disfigured man who only went out for walks late at night so as not to cause a panic. Urban legend spread about "The Green Man", a faceless monster that wandered the roads at night. People who heard the legend are often shocked to find out he was a real person. historydaily.org/green-ma…
The first black baseball player wasn't Jackie Robinson, but rather Moses Fleetwood Walker, who played in the 1880s despite rampant racism. He was also an inventor, newspaper editor, hotel owner, opera house manager, postal worker, and a published author on race theory. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mos…
Jimmy Bonner became the first African American to play baseball professionally in Japan in 1936, eleven years before Jackie Robinson's Major League Baseball debut. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Along with some notable achievements in baseball, Jackie Robinson holds the NCAA football record for most rushing yards per carry in a season (12.2) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
When Frank Sinatra covered Simon and Garfunkel's Mrs. Robinson, he replaced "Jesus" with "Jilly" because some radio stations refused to play the song because of the word "Jesus". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mrs…
Nicolas Cage was considered for the role of Randy "The Ram" Robinson in The Wrestler. When taken to a live event, he thought wrestling was real like UFC! In the end, the crew had a meeting where it was determined that Cage looked too healthy for the part, so the role went to Mickey Rourke. prowrestlingstories.com/p…
Today I learned about Moses Fleetwood Walker, the first African American to play pro baseball, six decades before Jackie Robinson theundefeated.com/feature…
Today I learned about Raymond Robinson, also known as the Green Man and Charlie No-Face, a man badly injured in a childhood electrical accident and because of his appearanceβ€”rarely went out during daytime. Instead, he took long walks at night in western Pennsylvania, where locals would gather to search for him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Osama Bin Laden is supposed to have attended a few Arsenal matches at Highbury in the 1993/94 season. His biographer Adam Robinson also claims that Bin Laden bought a replica Ian Wright jersey for his son. theweek.co.uk/arsenal/583…
In Maine's history, 10/24/1871, Louis Sockalexis was born on the Penobscot Reservation. Identified as the first person of Native American ancestry to play MLB, he was signed by the Cleveland Spiders in 1897, 50 years before Jackie Robinson broke baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers sabr.org/bioproj/person/l…
Former NFL player Eugene Robinson was arrested in a prostitution sting the night before his team the Atlanta Falcons were going to play in the Super Bowl. Earlier on the day of his arrest, he was awarded the Bart Starr Award which is given to the player who best exemplifies outstanding character en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eug…
Hitler was an avid reader, having read at least 6,000 books, and would quote Shakespeare throughout WWII. He ranked Uncle Tom's Cabin, Gulliver's Travels, Don Quixote, and Robinson Crusoe as the great works of world literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Today I learned about Matthew (Mack) Robinson who broke the world record in the 200m at the Olympic games 1936 in Berlin just to lose against Jesse Owens who ran 0.4 seconds faster. Besides that Macks little brother made a career for himself. His name - Jackie Robinson. nytimes.com/2012/07/21/sp…
Charlie No-Face or the Green Man was an urban legend about a monster who walked along the side of a highway at night in Pennsylvania. In reality, he was a man named Raymond Robinson, and he went out at night so that his face, disfigured in a childhood accident, wouldn't scare people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
Today I learned of Betty Robinson, who won Olympic gold in the 1936 Olympics, after having survived a plane crash, wrongly declared dead, and a 6 month coma. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
Jackie Robinson was court-martialed for refusing to move to the back of an Army bus, 11 years before Rosa Parks. pbs.org/wnet/african-amer…
In June 1947 Sugar Ray Robinson defeated Jimmy Doyle with a knockout that resulted in his death. Prior to the fight, Robinson dreamt that he would kill Doyle and unsuccessfully tried to have the fight canceled scrapdigest.com/sugar-ray…
Jackie Robinson had a brother named Mack who ran with Jessie Owens watchstadium.com/videos/o…
Johann Rudolf Wyss, editor and son of the author of The Swiss Family Robinson, also wrote the text for the former Swiss national anthem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The first non-white NBA player was Japanese and joined the NBA the same year Jackie Robinson broke the racial barrier in baseball en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wat…
Today I learned about Frank "Sugarchile" Robinson, who taught himself to play piano at the age of two, played with Lionel Hampton when he was 5, was the first black entertainer at the White House Correspondents dinner when he was 8, recorded for Capitol Records (with two hits) from 9-12 then retired from music. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sug…
Brenda E. Robinson was the first African American female pilot in US Navy history in 1980 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Today I learned about Georgia Ann Robinson. The first African-American policewoman with the LAPD. In 1919, she was officially appointed to a position of police officer. After having joined as a volunteer in 1916 during WWI. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
The NCAA record for highest rushing yards per carry in a season belongs to none other than the first black player in Major League Baseball, Jackie Robinson en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Sister Mary Robert, the shy red-head nun in Sister Act, didn't actually sing in the movie and lipsynched to professional singer Andrea Robinson digitalspy.com/movies/a83…
HItler was fond of quoting Shakespeare throughout WWII. Hitler claimed to read a book a night and ranked Uncle Tom's Cabin, Don Quixote, Robinson Crusoe, and Gulliver's Travels as the greatest works of world literature. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
Jesse Owens gave 1 of his 4 Olympic gold medals to Bill β€œBojangles” Robinson, he gavethe other 3 to a hotel owner in Philadelphia to pay for his outstanding bill at the hotel, and one of his medals sold for $615,000 in Dec 2019. omnibusproject.com/264
The theme from "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" was the 8th best selling single of 1968, topping Simon & Garfunkle's "Mrs. Robinson", the Rolling Stones "Jumping Jack Flash" and the Beatles "Revolution". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
When Italy attacked Ethiopia, thousands of African Americans around the USA signed up to fight on behalf of the Ethiopian Government against Italy. One of those men (John Robinson) went on to Co-found Ethiopian Airlines which is still in use today. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Robinson Crusoe was based on a real Officer Alexander Selkirk who voluntarily stranded himself in 1704 rather than remain on board with his crew-mates. newstatesman.com/culture/…
Robinson Crusoe was based off a real man, Alexander Selkirk, who was marooned on an uninhabited island for more than 4 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Jackie Robinson's brother Mack won silver in the 200m at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - behind Jesse Owens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mac…
Today I learned of Kenneth Robinson who found a loophole that allowed him to buy an abandoned $330k house for $16. His story enraged neighbors for the 7 months he lived there until BoA claimed ownership. gizmodo.com/5883482/the-m…
Hall of Fame boxer Sugar Ray Robinson backed out of a fight because he had a dream that he was going to kill his opponent in the ring. After a priest and minister convinced Robinson to fight, Robinson went into the ring and killed his opponent, Jimmy Doyle en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sug…
Jackie Robinson retired from baseball and became the Vice President of Chock Full o'Nuts coffee. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jac…
, Jimmy Doyle, a boxer who died shortly after a fight with Sugar Ray Robinson, took the fight to buy his mum a house. Robinson, kindly gave all the money from his next 4 fights to Doyle's Mum, to buy that house. She spent the money on drugs and legal terms to try and sue Robinson for more money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim…
Today I learned about Gerald Kingsland who, at the age of 49, decided to leave his life in England and live like Robinson Crusoe on a remote tropical island for a year. He advertised in Time Out for a female companion to join him and Lucy Irvine accepted. They wrote separate books of their adventures. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The oldest known photograph of a tornado was taken in Howard, South Dakota by F.N. Robinson on August 28 1884. The tornado was responsible for 4 deaths and 2 injuries en.wikipedia.org/wiki/188…
William Leefe Robinson was the first (British) pilot to shoot down a German airship (Zeppelin) during the First World War. For this, he was awarded The Victoria Cross and Β£3500 in prize money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee…

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