Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg killed 394 people during his 45-year career as an executioner. But he was not a monster. To the contrary, he was a sober, reliable family man, one who reluctantly pursued his vocation.
On March 23, 1913, a series of tornadoes struck the American Midwest. But the twisters were a mere prelude to a greater disaster, one caused by torrential rains.
At the time of da Vinci’s death in 1519 the Mona Lisa and most of his other paintings were unknown to the world at large — and Leonardo considered himself to have been a failure.
Silk industry magnate William Skinner lost everything when an inland tidal wave destroyed the company village that bore his name. In “American Phoenix,” author Sarah S. Kilborne recounts the disaster, and how it propelled Skinner to his greatest success.
In the mid-1960s the United Klans of America had more members in North Carolina than all other southern states combined. But the UKA’s fall was precipitous, thanks to a coordinated policing effort that hindered its ability to organize.
The U.S. Metric Association deserves recognition for its effort to promote increased usage of the modernized metric system. It’s ultimate objective? Complete conversion.