Although he has fallen out of favor in recent years, well-known 80s/90s film star Mel Gibson got his big break in Mad Max because he was mugged the night before the audition. The producers thought his “rugged” look was perfect for the mood of the film and cast him immediately.
Charles Lindbergh landed his Spirit of St. Lous, the first non-stop cross Atlantic flight, with enough fuel left over to travel another 500 miles, had he chosen to.
Globally known for his flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, Charles Lindbergh also invented the first artificial heart pump. It is considered instrumental to the future creation of heart/lung machines and the knowledge was used to create several modern heart surgeries.
The famous Carnegie Hall was built mainly because the steel baron Andrew Carnegie felt responsible for the 1889 Jonestown Flood, due to his involvement with the South Fork Hunting & Fishing Club. At the time it was the largest peacetime disaster to strike the United States, killing over 2,200 people.
Prior to becoming the oil magnate, John D. Rockefeller escaped death on his way to a critical meeting with Cornelius Vanderbilt to negotiate kerosene shipments. He overslept, missing his train buy a few minutes. The train would end up de-railing, killing 50 people in the car Rockefeller would have been seated.
Until the automobile came along in the late 1800s, petrol (gasoline) was largely a waste product and a nuisance to the oil refining industry.
The space shuttle Discovery nearly joined Challenger and Columbia as disasters…TWICE. One year prior to the Challenger disaster, post-launch analysis of Discovery’s SRBs showed similar O-ring seal failures, however the backup rings held (barely). During the return to flight mission after Columbia, an eerily similar foam piece struck Discovery, but the angle was slightly different and minimal damage occurred to the orbiter.
Biologically, rabbits are much more similar to small horses than the rodents most associate them with.