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In 1914 an 18-year-old girl called Mairi Chisholm set out for London on her motor bike to see how she could help the war effort. She teamed up with a nurse called Elsie Knocker, who shared her spirit of adventure, and the pair of them went on to spend an incredible four years treating the wounded on the front line. They were the only women to live and work in the Belgian front-line trenches during the First World War.
"Jack Brutus" or "Old Jack" was the official mascot of Company K, First Connecticut Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War
Ichthyosaurus Fossil on display ay Lyme Regis Museum in the 1960s. Mary Anning a 12 year old girl found this first complete fossil in 1811. The museum is built on the site of her birthplace. The fossil is now homed at The Natural History Museum but has briefly returned to the Lyme Regis Museum in 2011 for the 200th anniversary of its discovery.
World War II Service Dog ‘Bing’, the parachuting World War II dog who leapt from a Dakota plane on D-Day and led troops to victory, and with British Army sniper Jack Walton. During the D-Day landings, ‘Bing’ would keep watch while his men slept. After the war, he returned to his owner in Essex – and his peacetime name of ‘Brian’ – before dying of natural causes in 1955, aged 13. In 1947, he was awarded the PDSA Dicken Medal, the animal equivalent of the Victoria Cross. #WWII #WarDogs
Dorothy Gibson - Model and actress who survived the Titanic. After arriving in NY on the rescue ship Carpathia, Gibson was convinced by her manager to appear in a film based on the sinking. She not only starred in the one-reel drama, but wrote the scenario and even appeared in the very same clothing she had worn aboard the Titanic that night - a white silk evening dress topped with a cardigan and polo coat.
During the months of February through May, and again in September through November, the "Paardenvissers" or fishermen on horseback from Oostduinkerke, Belgium have taken their Belgian (Brabant or Brabançon) horses, planks and nets into the breast-deep water of the North Sea trolling for shrimp since the 17th Century.
This is a portrait of JEANNE LOUISE CALMENT (1875-1997) who was the darling of the media, back in 1995, when she reached her 120th birthday and became the oldest known person in the world - she would further become, by another year, the oldest documented person ever to have lived. Read more here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeanne_Calment
Mary Seacole, 1805 – 5/14/1881. "Jamaican nurse best known for her involvement in the Crimean War...After hearing of poor medical provisions for wounded soldiers during the Crimean War, she travelled to London to volunteer as a nurse" but was refused. "The British Government later decided to permit women to travel to the affected area, but she was not included in the party of 38 nurses chosen by Florence Nightingale. Instead, she borrowed money to make the 4,000-mile journey by herself."
When Marilyn Monroe learned that the Mocambo, a popular Hollywood night club, would not book Ella Fitzgerald because of segregation. Marilyn phoned the manager and told him that she would reserve a front row table every night Ella performed there, knowing that her presence would get a lot of press and publicity for the club. Soon thereafter, Ella became the first African-American to perform at the Mocambo, and as promised, Marilyn was seated right up front to enjoy her favorite singer.