Although less talked about, the trauma of unexpectedly getting fired is very similar to the trauma of being left by a loved one.
In 1867, thousands of formerly enslaved African Americans in New Orleans protested and achieved desegregation of the city’s streetcars, nearly 90 years before the bus boycotts in Montgomery.
In 2012 a Russian-American scientist predicted that 2020 would be a peak of violence in America based on historical data.
In November of 1999, Kevin Smith attended a protest against his own movie: “Dogma.” He even made it onto the local news, when the on-the-scene reporter asked him (not knowing it it was him) his thoughts on the movie. He responded: “I don’t know, but I’ve been told, ‘not good.'”
The officer in charge of guarding Abraham Lincoln in Ford’s Theater left his post to go drinking… at the same bar where John Wilkes Booth was building up the courage to shoot the President.
The Gilmore Car Museum in Michigan offers a driver’s training class to teach people of any age to learn how to drive a Ford Model T built between 1908 and 1927.
A new religion has emerged in Tennessee that believes all US voting days are a religious holiday, legally allowing all members to vote by mail. They have Ministers in Tennessee, Texas, Louisiana, and Georgia.
In 1965, sister Mary Kenneth Keller was the first woman to get a Ph.D in computer science. She believed that the use of computers have boundless capacity for the sharing of information.
Sister Mary worked on developing the BASIC programming language. BASIC is a way of translating the zeroes and ones of computer code into something more intuitive and straightforward. It is a general-purpose, high level programming language which helped broaden computer programming into non maths and science fields, subsequently giving many people their first experience with programming.
In 1984, a woman started hearing voices that told her she had a brain tumor and they also told her where it was. Doctors eventually ordered tests and found the tumor where the voice said it would be. After her surgery, she heard the voices say, “we are pleased to have helped you, goodbye.”
Stephanie Kwolek the inventor of Kevlar was working on finding a new, lightweight substitute for steel belting in automobile tires, on fears of a looming oil shortage and in anticipation of a market for lighter tires. What resulted was a new fiber five times stronger than steel by weight.