Fred G. Thompson and his 9-year-old daughter Connie were in their Portland, Oregon living room on May 12, 1957 when… Continue Reading
Back in November of 1957, the children of Jose Quintanilla were playing around and making a lot of noise in their upstairs bedroom, which was located at 2018 Jasmine Courts in Corpus Christi, Texas. Continue Reading
It was reported on January 21, 1952 that 56-year-old Gretna, Louisiana resident Sidney Landry had been suffering from terrible stomach pains and “decided to do something about them.”
On July 30, 1949, Dr. George C. Balderston decided to operate on himself to see the true effects of local anesthesia. Without any assistance, the good doctor removed his appendix.
It was reported on April 30, 1936 that a 60-year-old Newtownville, New Jersey farmer named William Jugis had been found in a state of collapse by Mortimer Chamberlain, a nearby storekeeper. Continue Reading
Back in 1965, an 86-year-old Brazilian woman named Dona Maria Consuelo complained to the police that her neighbor Adam Camara was constantly screaming vulgar and insulting comments at her. An officer investigated and discovered that none of those words were coming from Camara’s lips. Instead, they were coming from his green and yellow talking parrot named Eleuterio.
In October of 1959, it was reported that a female rhinoceros named Cacareco had won the San Paolo municipal council election in a landslide, having received in excess of 100,000 write-in votes. She was immediately disqualified on the grounds that she had been on loan to the Sao Paolo zoo from the Rio de Janeiro zoo and was therefore not a resident of Sao Paolo.
On September 14th of 1938, the people of Milton, Washington elected Boston Curtis to be their Republican precinct committeeman during the primary election. He won by 51 votes. But all was not as it seemed…
The scandalous news broke back in 1949 that England’s Princess Margaret had been seen smoking a cigarette at a Halloween charity ball in London.
Back in 1921, New York City resident Etta Caulfield decided to dress up as a man for Halloween. She borrowed her brother’s shirt, tall-stiff detachable collar, pants, and an overcoat to complete the costume.
When historians look back in time, they tend to name certain periods of mankind with broad names: the Stone Age, the Bronze Age, the Renaissance, and so on. What name would the 20th century be known by? Continue Reading
A June 2, 1959 syndicated AP article discusses a new invention by RCA called the Hear-See. It would enable someone to make a recording of their favorite television program or create their own home movies and play it back on a television set. Continue Reading
On December 6, 1954, the NY Times ran a story describing a brand new invention that could cook an 18-pound roast of beef in twenty minutes, a chicken in 9, an apple pie in 6, and could heat up a steak in one minute. Continue Reading
When Mrs. Clementine Farr Duff died on February 6, 1937, her estate was valued in excess of one-million dollars (nearly $17 million today). She left a sizeable chunk of the money to thirteen individuals, which included her chauffeur, maid, butler, laundress, and others. Continue Reading