On December 18, 1867, the Buffalo and Erie Railroad’s New York Express derailed over Big Sister Creek in Angola, New York, killing fifty-plus passengers. John D. Rockefeller was not among them.
One hundred years ago this November, a “perfect storm” battered the Great Lakes, sinking twelve boats, grounding thirty-one others, and raising the tugboat Searchlight.
Nazi Germany had Führer Adolf Hitler. The United States had Bundesführer Fritz Kuhn, a naturalized American citizen who came to the U.S. from Munich by way of Mexico.
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.