#710 Grasping Mussolini


Benito Mussolini  was named for Benito Juarez of Mexico, because his socialist father felt it would give his son character.  Strong willed, and intelligent, when his father was told by the nuns that his son had academic promise, Signore Mussolini told his son to beat his teacher up, lest she encourage the boy to be…

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#32 The prettier half – May Allison


Marc Jones in his list of nativities, places Miss May Allison #32.  The data he gives is Riding Farm, Georgia  June 14, 1897 at 11.29 am.  Checking that we discovered that the real data should be Rising Fawn, Georgia June 14, 1890.  She died March 27, 1989 at Bratenahl, Ohio -- her second husband's hometown…

#615 The First Lady of Radio: Mary Margaret McBride


Mary Margaret McBride was born to a Missouri farmers daughter in 1899. Her earliest education was "disorganized" because the family often relocated, but she entered a preparatory academy at the age of six and at 16 entered the University of Missouri. She earned her journalism degree by the age of 19. https://youtu.be/2ZZMY_8PjPg Having reasonable success…

The Titanic Sinks


The Titanic sank four hours after its distress call at 2:26 Newfoundland Time on  April 15, 1912.  Easter had been celebrated aboard the ship a week earlier on April 7th. As depicted in both Titanic movies, the Bandmaster took control of the panic alleviated the dismay with song.  He chose fittingly, Hold Me Up in…

Not so Sunny von Bulow


Biograph: Martha (Sunny) von Bülow, was an American heiress who first married Austrian playboy prince and then to a Danish-born man-about-society who was twice tried on charges of attempting to murder her, died on December 6th, 2008 on a Saturday at a nursing home in Manhattan. Mrs. von Bülow, who was 76, had been in…