Only one black woman, itinerant preacher and abolitionist Sojourner Truth, attended the first National Woman’s Rights Convention. The convention was held in Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1850.
P. L. Travers invented Mary Poppins, in a series of books beginning with Mary Poppins in 1934.
Arkansas newspaper columnist and long-time Clinton opponent Paul Greenberg was the first to apply the name “Slick Willie” to then-governor of Arkansas and future president Bill Clinton.
According to the sign that flashes on the screen in the opening credits of the TV series, the population of “Twin Peaks” is 51,201.
Sylvester Stallone appeared in eight movies before Rocky (1976): A Party at Kitty and Stud’s (The Italian Stallion) (1970); Bananas (1971); The Lords of Flatbush (1973); Capone (1973); The Prisoner of Second Avenue (1975); Death Race 2000 (1975); Farewell My Lovely (1975); Carquake (1975).
Tamburlaine the Great was an Islamic Turkic conqueror born in what is now Soviet Uzbekistan in 1336. By 1400, he and his nomad warriors had conquered the whole area from Mongolia to the Mediterranean. He died in 1405 while on his way to conquer China. Known to historians as Timur Lenk, he is best known […]
In the closing lines of The Grapes of Wrath, Jane Darwell says, “Can’t nobody wipe us out. Can’t nobody lick us. We’ll go on forever, Pa. We’re the people.”
At first, it seemed that the U.S. had won the Olympic basketball final in 1972 50-49 . But it was ruled that the clock was wrong, and there were three seconds left to play. When the teams resumed the game, the U.S.S.R. scored a basket to win 51-50. It was the first U.S. basketball title […]
The name of the first slave ship built in the English colonies was the Desire, launched from Marblehead, Massachusetts, in 1637. Until then, only European ships transported slaves to the colonies.
Hamartia is the fatal flaw that brings a good character to ruin. Hubris is pride, the classic example of hamartia.