Today I learned about Sarah Knauss, who was the oldest verified American ever, dying at age 119 on December 30, 1999. Her age was verified with the help of an 1891 US Census directory, a 1900 US Census entry, a 1901 marriage certificate, and both 1910 and 1930 US Census entries. All of these confirm her age. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
, the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb, Sarah Josepha Hale, is most responsible for the creation of Thanksgiving being a national holiday. time.com/4577082/thanksgi…
In 1771, Sarah Wilson, the maid of Queen Charlotte's Maid of Honor was sentenced to indentured labor in America for theft. Upon reaching there, she escaped and posed as the Queen's sister, living a life of luxury, defrauding many wealthy people with the promise of an audience with the queen. hsp.org/blogs/history-hit…
Future Confederate President Jefferson Davis married the daughter of future of US President Zachary Taylor, Sarah Knox Taylor. Their marriage would only last 3 months after Sarah died from malaria or yellow fever(Jefferson would also contract it but survive) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jef…
Sarah Biffin, a Victorian English painter born without arms and legs, learned to write, sew and paint with her mouth. Her miniature portraits at a traveling show impressed an Earl so much that he paid for her tutelage. She became very popular and even the Royal Family commissioned her work. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned about Sarah Rector, an impoverished black girl who became a millionaire oil baron when oil was discovered on the land allotted to her by the government. She was so wealthy the Oklahoma legislature declared her to be a white person. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The tradition of using "Hail to the Chief" to announce the arrival of the US President was established by 11th President James Polk's wife. Polk himself was not deemed an impressive figure, so his wife Sarah had a band play the song to end his embarrassment of entering a room and no-one noticing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hai…
Sarah Hyland, of Modern Family fame, was diagnosed with kidney dysplasia when she was young, received two kidney transplants from her father and her brother and has undergone 16 surgeries, even during the shooting of Modern Family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
The first song ever played on an iPod was Sarah McLachlan’s β€œBuilding a Mystery” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bui…
Sarah Forbes Bonetta was a Yoruba princess from West Africa who was orphaned and enslavved at age 5 by nearby Dahomey invaders who intended to kill her in a human sacrifice. She became Queen Victoria's goddaughter after a British Royal Navy captain convinced Dahomey's King to spare her life en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned about Sarah Rosetta Wakeman who was a woman that served in the Union Army During the American Civil War. Serving under a fake name, she was given the position of prison guard. During here time at the prison one of the female inmates there was doing time for the same crime she was committing. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Jason Segel from Forgetting Sarah Marshall and The Muppets is also an author who writes a series of YA sci-fi novels io9.gizmodo.com/apparentl…
Sarah Cummins & her fiancΓ© canceled their wedding yet were left with catering for 170; so she invited local shelters for the meal, including bourbon-glazed meatballs, chicken with artichokes & Chardonnay cream sauce, & wedding cake. The community donated dresses & sport coats for guests to wear. cbc.ca/news/world/wedding…
Today I learned of Sarah Jones, a camera assistant who was killed in a train accident on set of Midnight Rider, due to unsafe decisions made by the director and producer. Later a movement emerged, and movie crews from around the world put her name on slates, as a tribute and a pledge to always stay safe on set en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saf…
In 1849 Sarah Thomas aged 17 became the last teenage girl to be hanged in Britain. Found guilty of killing her employer, Sarah was dragged screaming and crying to the gallows pleading for her life. So distressing was the scene that the prison governor even fainted. capitalpunishmentuk.org/t…
Today I learned of Sarah Emma Edmonds, who disguised herself as a man and enlisted in the Union army during the US Civil War. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Nikola Tesla was an ardent follower of Vedanta and frequently used Sanskrit terminology in his works. His meeting with the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda in 1896, facilitated by actress Sarah Bernhardt, triggered his lifelong interest in the Vedas and Indian philosophy. faena.com/aleph/articles/…
The only woman to ever give the Oath of Office to a US president is federal judge Sarah Hughes, who swore in LBJ the day JFK was shot. Hughes was a Kennedy appointee en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today I learned there was a West Virginia Woman, Sarah Brandon, who gave birth to 16 sons that were in the Civil War, 14 for the Union and 2 for the Confederacy. moundsville.org/2019/06/0…
Today I learned of "Aptronyms", where your name peculiarly matches your life - like Sarah Blizzard (meteorologist) or Lance Bass (bass player). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apt…
Today I learned of Sarah Ann Henley, who survived a 75-metre jump because her billowing skirt slowed her fall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
A teenager from Kansas, Sarah Scantlin, got hit my 2 car simultaneously and went into a 20 year coma, but she was still hearing about the event in those years (1984-2005). She woke up in 2005 and she thought she was still a teenager. hutchnews.com/article/201…
, actress Linda Hamilton who had a role of Sarah Connor in Terminator movies had a brief marriage with director James Cameron in 1997, the year that Judgment Day would have taken place in the movie franchise. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lin…
Today I learned about Sarah Rector, an impoverished black girl who became a millionaire oil baron when oil was discovered on the land allotted to her by the government. She avoided hundreds of attempts tp scam her out of her fortune and became known as the β€œRichest coloured girl in the world.” blackpast.org/aaw/rector-…
Michael Jackson was originally considered for the role of the baby-stealing Goblin King Jareth in the movie Labyrinth. Sarah Jessica Parker also auditioned for the role of Sarah. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lab…
Run-DMC's Darryl McDaniels claims Sarah McLachlan's song "Angel" saved his life from suicide billboard.com/articles/co…
"Life Among the Paiutes: Their Wrongs and Claims" by Sarah Winnemucca published in 1883 is the first known autobiography written by a Native American woman en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lif…
Today I learned about the Winchester Mansion, a 161-room California monstrosity built by widower Sarah Winchester, who's husband had invented the Winchester rifle. She believed that spirits of those killed by his rifles were haunting her; so she added rooms, hallways, and passages to nowhere to appease them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Jason Segel (How I Met Your Mother, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, I Love You, Man, etc) wore a Superman cape underneath his clothing until he was 13, "just in case there was trouble." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jas…
Today I learned of Sarah Rector who in 1913 at age 10 was known as "Richest Colored Girl in the world". After being given a land grant that unknowingly produced 2,500 barrels of oil a day. Soon she received a daily revenue of $300 (approx $2.6 million annually today) and marriage offers worldwide at age 12 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Today in 1861, Sarah Seelye, at age 17, enlisted in the Civil War disguised as a man to escape an unwanted marriage. Ironically, part of her duties involved penetrating Confederate lines "disguised" as a woman. She deserted the army after contacting malaria and resumed life as a female in 1863. tshaonline.org/handbook/o…
In 1992 two civil activists calling themselves β€œThe Harriet Tubman-Sarah Connor Brigade” broke into two clean rooms holding 9 GPS satellites being built for the U.S. Air Force and attacked one of them with an axe over 60 times, causing $2 million in damages theatlantic.com/technolog…
When Darryl McDaniels (DMC of RUN DMC) was suicidal, the only thing keeping him from killing himself was Sarah McLachlan's album "Angel." He met her at a party, told her what her album meant to him, and said, "Your album is called 'Angel.' You sing like an angel. But to me, you are God." themoth.org/stories/angel
The fastest Cheetah ever recorded was named Sarah. In 2012, then-11-year-old Sarah was filmed running on a U.S.A. Track and Field-certified course at an unmatched pace of 61 miles per hour. Sarah’s 5.95 second 100-meter dash holds the known planet-wide record. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
Sarah Ferguson, Prince Andrew's former wife, was the first member of Britain’s Royal Family to gain a private helicopter pilot’s license. Other members of the family, Prince Andrew, have learned to fly helicopters during military service latimes.com/archives/la-x…
That, by examining high-resolution satellite imagery with algorithms developed via trial-and-error, Sarah Parcak and her team have discovered 17 pyramids, 1,000 tombs, and over 3,100 settlements in Egypt alone. She now wants to crowdsource "space archaeology" to prevent looting of ancient sites. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The world's fastest land animal was named Sarah, a South African cheetah who, at age 11, ran 100m in 5.95 seconds (or 61 mph). She lived in the Cincinnati Zoo and passed away at 15 years of age in 2016. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Sarah Jessica Parker's ancestor Esther Elwell was accused of being a witch in 1692 Salem when a young girl claimed to have seen her ghost strangling her neighbor. Esther's case never went to court and she escaped a tragic death by a matter of days, as Salem stopped trying witches 1 month prior. whodoyouthinkyouaremagazi…
Sarah McLachlan was once sued by an obsessed fan because she used one of his delusional letters as the basis for her hit song "Possession." He committed suicide before it went to court. rollingstone.com/music/mu…
'Angel' by Sarah McLachlan (the song famously used for the ASPCA animal cruelty PSA's) is actually about the fatal overdose of Smashing Pumpkins keyboardist Jonathan Melvoin. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Sarah Jessica Parker had a no nudity contract clause while working on "Sex and the City." She was the only one of the four leading actresses not to do nude scenes. huffingtonpost.ca/entry/s…
Harris Wittels was a writer for the Sarah Silverman show, Parks and Recreation, Eastbound and Down, and Masters of None. Amy Poehler called him the β€œfunniest person [she] ever met”. Harris was also the drummer in the band Don’t Stop Or We’ll Die. Harris died of a heroin overdose in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Har…
Sarah Breedlove, an orphan born to freed slaves, became the 1st self-made female millionaire in US history around early 1900's by inventing & selling homemade hair-care products through her own factory. She even built a beauty school to train sales agents. $1 million then = $13 million today. broadly.vice.com/en_us/ar…
Today I learned about Sarah Winchester, the widow of firearm magnate William Wirt Winchester. She built a 7 story mansion like a labyrinth, with stairs and doors that go nowhere and only 1 working toilet to confuse the spirits killed by winchester guns. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Win…
Today I learned about the Winchester House, owned by the heir of the Winchester Rifle fortune, Sarah Winchester. She was told to move west and build a house... forever. If construction stopped she would die. For 38 years construction continued 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. winchestermysteryhouse.co…
Sarah Jessica Parker, who played a witch convicted in the Salem witch trials in the Disney movie "Hocus Pocus", later discovered that one of her ancestors was a real woman accused of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials. ancestry.co.uk/cs/uk/sara…
10 days after shooting the Roundhay Garden Scene in 1888 the actors Sarah Whitley died at the age of 72. Louis Le Prince mysteriously vanished just before unveiling his new technology to the public,Louis' son, Adolphe Le Prince, was discovered shot dead en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rou…
Sarah Knauss, a supercentenarian and oldest ever American, lived for more than 119 years. She died in 1999 on the 30th of December, just 2 days shy of the year 2000. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sar…
Prudence Crandall was a school teacher in Connecticut who made history in 1832 when she accepted and African American girl, Sarah Harris, into her class, making it the first integrated school house in the US. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pru…
"Angel" by Sarah McLachlan (the sad song in the ASPCA commercials), is actually about Jonathan Melvoin- the Smashing Pumpkins touring keyboard player who passed away from a heroin overdose in 1996. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…

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