Millie and Christine McCoy (1851-1912) were conjoined twins born into slavery. They and their mother were sold to a showman, Joseph Smith. Smith and his wife educated the girls; they eventually could speak five languages, dance, play music, and sing. They were known as 'The Two Headed Nightingale'. In the 1880s they retired and purchased a small farm. Millie died of tuberculosis at age 61, with Christine following hours later. They remain one of the oldest-lived set of conjoined twins.
Centralia PA burned town garbage in a pit. In 1962, the garbage burning got out of control and a massive underground coal fire began. For 46 years now, and despite all the attempts to extinguish it, the fire is still burning and some experts guess this might last for another 250 years. All inhabitants were of course evacuated, the last ones left the town in 1992, as the carbon monoxide emissions reached critical levels and deep holes began to appear all of a sudden.
Nurse May Smith started the first medical clinic for children in North Texas one century ago. Here she's pictured in her graduation photo in 1902. From Tents To Towers: The Growth Of Childrens Medical Center Of Dallas | KERA News
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Andrew Myrick, c. 1860. A trader at the Sioux Agency, in the days immediately preceding the war he was reported to have said of the hungry Sioux, "Let them eat grass." He was one of the first white victims of the war. He was reportedly found with his mouth stuffed full of grass.