William Blount was the first federal officer removed from office for conspiracy to instigate an act of war in order to increase the value of his real estate holdings en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Between 1978 and 1983, John Williams won six Grammy Awards for Best Score in a row. He won them for Star Wars, Close Encounters, Superman, Empire, Raiders, and E.T. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gra…
Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, and Dustin Hoffman did not take salaries for the movie 'Hook'. Instead, they split 40% of TriStar Pictures' gross revenues. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoo…
When Audrey Geisel, the widow of Doctor Seuss, was selling the rights to How the Grinch Stole Christmas, she made sure that "any actor submitted for the Grinch must be of comparable stature to Jack Nicholson, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman." wikipedia.org/wiki/How_th…
US Senator William Proxmire of Wisconsin wanted the US to ratify the UN Genocide Convention. He gave a speech on the need to ratify it each day the Senate was in session from 1967-1986 (a total of 3,211 times) until the US Senate finally ratified it on Feb. 11th, 1986 in an 83-11 vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
This photo of U.S. Army code breakers trained by William Friedman and his wife Elizebeth during WW1 spells out β€˜Knowledge is Power.’ By facing either forward or sideways, the soldiers formed a coded phrase utilizing Sir Francis Bacon’s biliteral cipher. cabinetmagazine.org/issue…
Giving children the names of Nutella, Manhattan, Prince William or Mini Cooper are illegal in France. closeronline.co.uk/family…
The world's rarest autograph belongs to William Shakespeare's, which can be found on six known autographs on only 4 documents - all currently in museums paulfrasercollectibles.co…
William "Billy" Mitchell was an US army general who was an outspoken proponent of air power and its ability to defeat battleships. Due to his unrelenting criticism of high command's refusal to adapt, he was demoted and court martialed. Today he is regarded as the father of the US Air Force. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bil…
While Sharon was giving up, sick in bed with cancer, Ozzy asked Robin Williams to visit her. He hopped in her sick bed randomly and apparently her family went from crying to peeing themselves laughing in a second. She loved it and went from giving up to chemo the next day. pagesix.com/2018/03/06/sh…
At it's height, 'Old London Bridge' had over 200 shops, with some buildings 6 storeys tall. The bridge was home to one of London's most notorious sights β€” a display of the severed heads of traitors on spikes. The first head to be displayed was that of William Wallace. thetudortravelguide.com/2…
Today I learned about NBA star Brian Williams, a polymath who following the end of his basketball career changed his name to Bison Dele, traveled the world having adventures (bazookas were involved). After learning to sail he bought a catamaran and set sail from Hawaii toward Tahiti. He was never seen again. criminallyintrigued.com/b…
The high land ownership inequality in the UK is still a consequence of the Norman invasion almost 1,000 years ago, when William the Conqueror made all the land in the country his and then distributed it to his allies theguardian.com/commentis…
Robbie Williams started claiming at gigs that 'She's the One' was the "best song he ever wrote" whilst its actual writer was recovering from a near-fatal brain aneurysm en.wikipedia.org/wiki/She…
When William Gibson wrote about a third of the Neuromancer, he watched 20 minutes of Blade Runner. He felt very discouraged, as he thought people would think he copied from the film. Thus, he rewrote the first two-thirds more than 12 times, and still feared losing the reader's attention. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neu…
Today I learned the same Mason Williams who wrote the classic guitar piece, "Classical Gas" was also a comedy writer for the Smothers Brothers and Saturday Night Live. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
In 1987, a sitting member of Ronald Reagan's cabinet, Commerce Secretary William Baldrige, died in a tragic rodeo accident when his horse fell on him and the saddle drove his belt buckle into his spine latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Prior to 1913, U.S. Senators were largely chosen by state legislatures. The 17th Amendment changed this by giving that power to the people. The publishing giant, William Randolph Hearst, used his papers to influence the public in favor of this change. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
Prussian King Frederick William I had a regiment of very tall men, known as the "Potsdam Giants". The taller they were, the more they were paid - and they were paired with tall women, to breed giant soldiers. However, they were never sent on active service, as they were considered too valuable historyanswers.co.uk/hist…
Today I learned of William Henry Johnson who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 2015 for fighting off a German raid in hand-to-hand combat, killing multiple German soldiers and rescuing a fellow soldier while experiencing 21 wounds on May 14, 1918. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
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…
The JΓ¨rriais language spoken by a few thousand on the island of Jersey located between France and England, is the closest living language to medieval Anglo-Norman spoken by the descendants of William the Conqueror. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JΓ¨r…
The classic movie '10 Things I Hate About You' is a modernization of William Shakespeare's 'The Taming of the Shrew'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10_…
During the American Civil War, General William Sherman of the Union Army proclaimed Special Field Order No. 15, a wartime order to allot for "no more than 40 acres" of land to be given to freed slaves. After President Lincoln's death, however, the order was reversed and annulled. wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty_…
Today I learned of William Chester Minor a, major contributor to the Oxford Dictionary, turned insane murderer who eventually cut off his own penis with a knife en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Comedian Katt Williams was sued in 2012 by fans for "non-performance." He performed a long-winded rant for roughly ten minutes, challenged an audience member to a fight, and angered fans paying upwards of $94. huffpost.com/entry/katt-w…
Today I learned about Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, who was the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. In 1979, he was hit by a robotic arm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
In order to convince Robin Williams to play the Genie in Aladdin (1992), Disney hired an animator to draw and lip-sync the Genie performing Williams’ own stand-up comedy. Williams was so impressed that he signed on immediately. latimes.com/entertainment…
Princess Diana was a member and patron for more than 100 charities, many of which are now supported by her two sons, Prince William and Prince Harry. historic-newspapers.com/b…
In 1589, William Lee was refused a patent grant for his knitting machine after Elizabeth I feared automation would lead to mass unemployment britannica.com/biography/…
William Blythe died in a one-vehicle car accident when the vehicle overturned and threw him into a ditch, where he drowned. Blythe was on his way to Arkansas from Chicago to pick up his 5th wife, Virginia, and her unborn son Bill, who would later go on to become the 42nd President. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The first public performance of "Baby It's Cold Outside" was in a movie set in the summer and performed first by Ricardo MontalbΓ‘n, the actor who played Khan in Star Trek 2, and Esther Williams. Later in the movie, the gender roles of the "wolf and "mouse" are reversed for comic effect.http youtu.be/iImqdl7gsHY
Today I learned of William Colepaugh, who upon being discharged from the US naval reserve defected to Nazi Germany in 1944. Trained as a spy, he was landed ashore at Gulf of Maine by an U boat. He voluntarily surrendered after partying with the money meant for espionage activities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
William Franklin, bastard son of Benjamin Franklin, was Loyalist leader opposing the American Revolution. When Ben died, he only left his son some worthless land, stating in his will that, had the British won, he would've no wealth at all to give him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
When William Vanderbilt died in 1885 his fortune was worth over $300 billion in today’s dollars (which was more than the U.S. Treasury held at the time). In 1973, his heirs held a family reunion at Vanderbilt University, attended by 120 family members, and not one of them was even a millionaire. earlytorise.com/how-the-w…
Actor Michael K. Williams got his big break playing Omar Little on The Wire due to the facial scar he received in a bar fight. npr.org/2014/06/30/326934…
The Seward Pole is a Shame Pole created to shame former U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward for not reciprocating the courtesy or generosity of his Tlingit hosts following a potlatch given in his honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
William Pitt the Younger was admitted into Cambridge University at the age of 13 and became UK prime minister at age 24. He is the youngest prime minister in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
The first US President to be photographed while in office was William H. Harrison in 1841. 48 years later, in 1889, his grandson Benjamin Harrison became the first US President to have his voice recorded en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Around 1853, future general William Tecumseh Sherman was shipwrecked twice in one day while sailing to meet business partners in California. The ship he was on, the S.S. Lewis, sank about a day's journey from its destination. A logging schooner that came to Sherman's rescue also sank. thehistorianshut.com/2017…
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…
African American architect Paul Williams learned to draw upside down because white clients were uncomfortable sitting next to a black man. He practiced mostly in Southern California and designed the homes of numerous celebrities, including Frank Sinatra, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Lon Chaney en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
William Randolph Hearst, media tycoon and inspiration for "Citizen Kane", was a pioneer of comics and animation. However, his cartoons failed partly because they used speech balloons and froze during action. Embarrassed, he destroyed most film, but many of his animators would later go to Disney. lambiek.net/artists/h/hea…
Serena Williams, often considered to be one of the greatest tennis players of all-time, voiced Ming the Prison Guard on "Avatar: The Last Airbender", after she said it was her "favorite show" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ser…
Ted Williams, the last baseball player to bat .400, was at .39955 at the end of the season. Although due to rounding he would have finished with a .400 average, Williams refused to sit out, and played the last two games. He went 6 for 8 in those games and finished the season with a .406 average. baseballhall.org/discover…
Many scholars believe that William Shakespeare invented the β€œKnock-knock joke”. An early iteration appears in Act 2, Scene 3 of Macbeth β€˜Knock, knock! Who's there, i' the name of Beelzebub?’ en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kno…
During the filming of Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) Robin Williams improvised so much that there were PG, PG-13, R, and NC-17 edits of the film nydailynews.com/entertain…
The Pied Piper from the fourth Shrek movie was portrayed by Jeremy Steig, whose father William wrote the book that Shrek was based off of. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jer…
William Higinbotham, the man who made the world's first video game, was also a member of the team which made the world's first nuclear bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Ball boys in football originated in 1905 while William "Fatty" Foulke – 6'4" and 300+ pounds – was Chelsea's goalkeeper. The club placed small boys behind Foulke in order to accentuate his massive frame and intimidate strikers. Eventually the boys started collecting out-of-play balls too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…

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