January 5 1939 – Amelia Earhart is Declared Dead

January 5 1939 – Amelia Earhart is Declared Dead4.1 (82.22%) 9 votes Eighteen months after her plane disappeared somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, Amelia Earhart — undoubtedly the world’s most famous aviatrix — was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939. More than seven decades later, her disappearance remains an enduring mystery. Born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897, Earhart demonstrated an inquisitive nature throughout her youth. Wandering around the streets near their home, she often climbed trees and collected insects with younger sister Grace. At the age of seven, she pieced together her first flying machine, using a ramp to take off from the roof of her home […]

January 6 1852 – Louis Braille, Inventor Of The Touch-based Alphabet For the Blind, Died

January 6 1852 – Louis Braille, Inventor Of The Touch-based Alphabet For the Blind, Died5 (100%) 1 vote Louis Braille, French teacher and educationist, best known for the invention of Braille, the system of reading and writing that facilitates learning by blind individuals, died on January 6, 1852. He was 43 years old and had dedicated a lifetime to developing, perfecting, and teaching the Braille system. Braille is now an international standard and has been adopted in over 43 languages of the world. Louis Braille was born on January 4, 1809, at Coupvray, near Paris, in the east of France. Simon-Rene, his father was a successful leather craftsman. At the […]

January 7 1943 – Inventor Nikola Tesla Dies in New York

January 7 1943 – Inventor Nikola Tesla Dies in New YorkRate this post Of all the products to make their way through the labs of Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla might be the most important to modern life. Born in modern Croatia, the brilliant inventor and scientist died at a hotel in New York City on January 7, 1943. Raised in the small village of Smiljan in the Austrian Empire, Tesla’s Serbian parents were deeply involved in the local Orthodox Church — his father and maternal grandfather were both priests. By his mid-teens, the boy demonstrated a talent for mathematics, such that his instructors often believed he received the answers from […]

January 22 1901 – Queen Victoria, Dies At Osborne House On The Isle of Wight

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January 22 1901 – Queen Victoria, Dies At Osborne House On The Isle of WightRate this post On January 22, 1901, Queen Victoria, the longest-reigning British monarch died on the Isle of Wight. Victoria was also the longest-reigning queen in the world. The Victorian Era was a period of many revolutions and innovations and the rapid growth of industry and the British Empire made the United Kingdom a major power around the globe. Queen Victoria was born Alexandrina Victoria on May 24, 1819, at Kensington Palace, London. She was the only child of Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn and the fourth son of King George III. Victoria went on […]

January 24, 1965 – Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Died

January 24, 1965 – Former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill Died5 (100%) 1 vote On January 24, 1965, Britain’s greatest war-time leader Winston Churchill breathed his last in London. Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was born on October 26, 1951, into aristocracy. He came from the line of the Dukes of Marlborough, a part of the Spencer family. Lord Randolph Churchill, Winston’s father, was a popular politician and the Chancellor of the Exchequer while his mother was a famous American heiress, Jennie Jerome. Winston Churchill was educated at Harrow and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst, and acquired a love for military service very early in his childhood. His relationship with his […]

February 2 1907 – Dmitri Mendeleev, Inventor of the Periodic Table of Elements, Dies in St. Petersburg

February 2 1907 – Dmitri Mendeleev, Inventor of the Periodic Table of Elements, Dies in St. Petersburg1 (20%) 1 vote Throughout the history of science, there have been numerous discoveries which have changed the face of the discipline — perhaps none of them simpler than Dmitri Mendeleev’s invention of the periodic table of elements. After a distinguished career as a professor and government official, he died on February 2, 1907 in St. Petersburg. Born outside the isolated town of Tobolsk in Siberia, Mendeleev was the last of potentially 17 children. Numbers vary on the family’s size, though it appears there were at least 11 born to Ivan and Maria, his […]

February 7 1979 – Nazi ‘Angel of Death’ Dr. Josef Mengele dies

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February 7 1979 – Nazi ‘Angel of Death’ Dr. Josef Mengele dies5 (100%) 1 vote Dr. Josef, the SS physician who gained notoriety for his inhumane medical experimentation upon the inmates of the concentration camp at Auschwitz, died on February 7, 1979. Popularly known as the Angel of Death or White Angel, Mengele died of a stroke in Brazil. His death was verified much later, though, in 1985. Josef Mengele was born in Gunzburg, Germany, on March 16, 1911, the eldest among the three sons of Karl and Walburga Mengele. In Bavaria, Karl had founded Frima Karl Mengele & Sohne, a manufacturing plant that designed and produced farm implements. When […]

February 9 1881 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky dies

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February 9 1881 – Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky diesRate this post Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky, the well-known Russian writer and philosopher, and author of the renowned novels Bratya Karamazovy (The Brothers Karamazov – 1880) and Prestupleniye i nakazaniye (Crime and Punishment – 1866) died on February 9, 1881 at the age of 59 at St. Petersburg in the Russian Empire. Dostoyevsky has often been called one of the greatest writers in the world. The profound psychological and psychological insights in Dostoyevsky’s works seem to foretell the most important developments of the 20th century including the growing interests in existentialism and psychoanalysis. The writer’s own disturbed but eventful life had a profound […]