Lillian Alling. Lillian Alling was an Eastern European immigrant to the United States who, in the 1920s, attempted a return by foot to her homeland.
Benjaman Kyle. "Benjaman Kyle" was the alias chosen by an American man who has severe amnesia.
On August 31, 2004, he was found, naked and injured, without any possessions or identification, next to a dumpster behind a Burger King restaurant in Richmond Hill, Georgia. Between 2004 and 2015, neither he nor the authorities had determined his real identity or background, despite searches that had included television publicity and various other methods. In late 2015, genetic detective work, which had gone on for years, led to the discovery of his prior identity, as William Burgess Powell (born August 29, 1948), although a gap of more than 20 years in his life history still remains without any documented records. With the rediscovery of his Social Security number, he has again become eligible for ordinary employment and has received public assistance. Incident and post-amnesia Disappearance of Bobby Dunbar. The child raised as Bobby Dunbar standing in front of a car.
Bobby Dunbar was an American boy whose disappearance at the age of four and apparent return was widely reported in newspapers across the United States in 1912 and 1913. After an eight-month nationwide search, investigators believed that they had found the child in Mississippi, in the hands of William Cantwell Walters of Barnesville, North Carolina. Dunbar's parents claimed the boy as their missing son. However, both Walters and a woman named Julia Anderson insisted that the boy with him was Anderson's son.
Julia Anderson could not afford a lawyer, and the court eventually found for the Dunbars. In 2004, DNA profiling established in retrospect that the boy found with Walters and "returned" to the Dunbars as Bobby had not been a blood relative of the Dunbar family. Collyer brothers. American compulsive hoarders Homer Lusk Collyer (November 6, 1881 – March 21, 1947) and Langley Wakeman Collyer (October 3, 1885 – c.
March 9, 1947), known as the Collyer brothers, were two American brothers who became infamous for their bizarre natures and compulsive hoarding. For decades, the two lived in seclusion in their Harlem brownstone at 2078 Fifth Avenue (at the corner of 128th Street) where they obsessively collected books, furniture, musical instruments, and myriad other items, with booby traps set up in corridors and doorways to crush intruders. In March 1947, both were found dead in their home surrounded by over 140 tons of collected items that they had amassed over several decades. Since the 1960s, the site of the former Collyer house has been a pocket park, named for the brothers. Family and education Olga of Kiev. Saint Olga (Old Church Slavonic: Ольга, hypothetically Old Norse: Helga born c. 890 died 11 July 969, Kiev) was a ruler of Kievan Rus' as regent (945–c. 963) for her son, Svyatoslav.
Early life Ludger Sylbaris. A postcard featuring Cyparis labelled "survivor of Saint-Pierre".
Ludger Sylbaris (born circa 1875 – died circa 1929), born either August Cyparis or Louis-Auguste Cyparis, was an Afro-Caribbean man who travelled with the Barnum & Bailey circus. He had become something of an early 20th-century celebrity for being one of the only survivors in the town itself of the devastating volcanic eruption of Mt. Pelée on the French-Caribbean island of Martinique on May 8, 1902. This same eruption completely flattened an entire city, the "Paris of the West Indies", St.
Urbain Grandier. Urbain Grandier (born in 1590 in Bouère, died in Mayenne – 18 August 1634 in Loudun) was a French Catholic priest who was burned at the stake after being convicted of witchcraft, following the events of the so-called "Loudun Possessions".
The circumstances of Father Grandier's trial and execution have attracted the attention of writers Alexandre Dumas, père, Aldous Huxley and the playwright John Whiting, composers like Krzysztof Penderecki and Peter Maxwell Davies, as well as historian Jules Michelet and various scholars of European witchcraft. Most modern commentators have concluded that Grandier was the victim of a politically motivated persecution led by the powerful Cardinal Richelieu.
Life Grandier served as priest in the church of Sainte Croix in Loudun, in the Diocese of Poitiers. Ignoring his vow of celibacy, he is known to have had sexual relationships with a number of women and to have acquired a reputation as a philanderer. Rosalia Lombardo. Rosalia Lombardo (13 December 1918 – 6 December 1920) was an Italian child who died of pneumonia.
Rosalia's father, official Mario Lombardo, was sorely grieved upon her death, so he approached Alfredo Salafia, a noted embalmer, to undertake the task of preserving her. Her mummified body, sometimes referred to as "Sleeping Beauty", was one of the last corpses to be admitted to the Capuchin catacombs of Palermo in Sicily. Embalming Lombardo's body as it appears today. The mummy has achieved further notoriety for a phenomenon in which her eyes appear to open and close several times a day, revealing her intact blue irises. In response to speculation about her moving eyelids, Piombino-Mascali stated that "It's an optical illusion produced by the light that filters through the side windows, which during the day is subject to change ...
Louis Wain. Louis Wain at his drawing table Louis Wain (5 August 1860 – 4 July 1939) was an English artist best known for his drawings, which consistently featured anthropomorphised large-eyed cats and kittens. In his later years he may have suffered from schizophrenia (although this claim is disputed), which, according to some psychiatrists, can be seen in his works. Life and work A naturalistic cat from early in Wain's career. Louis William Wain was born on 5 August 1860 in Clerkenwell in London. Wain was born with a cleft lip and the doctor gave his parents the orders that he should not be sent to school or taught until he was ten years old. Musa I of Mali. Historical ruler in West Africa Mansa of Mali Nomenclature Musa Keita was referred to (and is most commonly found) as Mansa Musa in Western manuscripts and literature.
Ota Benga. Ota Benga (circa 1883 – March 20, 1916) was a Congolese man, an Mbuti pygmy known for being featured in an anthropology exhibit at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St.
Louis, Missouri in 1904, and in a human zoo exhibit in 1906 at the Bronx Zoo. Benga had been purchased from African slave traders by the explorer Samuel Phillips Verner, a businessman hunting Africans for the Exposition. He traveled with Verner to the United States. At the Bronx Zoo, Benga had free run of the grounds before and after he was exhibited in the zoo's Monkey House. Except for a brief visit with Verner to Africa after the close of the St. Green Boots. Photo of Green Boots taken by Everest climber. Since 2014, Green Boots has been missing, presumably removed or buried. History The first recorded video footage of Green Boots was filmed on 21 May 2001 by French climber Pierre Paperon. In the video, Green Boots is shown lying on his right side, facing away from the summit. John McCain. Early life and military career, 1936–1981 Formative years and education John McCain was born on August 29, 1936, at Coco Solo Naval Air Station in the Panama Canal Zone, to naval officer John S.
McCain Jr. (1911–1981) and Roberta (Wright) McCain (born 1912). He has a younger brother named Joe and an elder sister named Sandy. At that time, the Panama Canal was under U.S. control. Following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather, McCain entered the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis. Samy Kamkar. For the surname Kamkar, see Kamkar. Work Samy worm In 2006, Kamkar was raided by the United States Secret Service and Electronic Crimes Task Force, expanded from the Patriot Act, for releasing the worm. Kamkar pled guilty to a felony charge of computer hacking in Los Angeles Superior Court, and was prohibited from using a computer for three years.
Since 2008, Kamkar has been doing independent computer security and privacy research and consulting. Vladimir Demikhov. Soviet organ transplantation pioneer Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov (Russian: Влади́мир Петро́вич Де́михов; July 18, 1916 – November 22, 1998) was a Soviet scientist and organ transplantation pioneer, who performed several transplants in the 1940s and 1950s, including the transplantation of a heart into an animal and a heart–lung replacement in an animal.
He is also well known for his dog head transplants, which he conducted during the 1950s, resulting in two-headed dogs. This ultimately led to the head transplants in monkeys by Dr. Patrick Hughes (artist) Patrick Hughes. Akinwale Arobieke. Akinwale Oluwafolajimi Oluwatope Arobieke (born 15 July 1961), known locally in North West England as Purple Aki due to his very dark skin almost resembling the colour purple, is an English convicted criminal.
Abraham Shakespeare. Audrey Munson. Raymond Robinson. Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. Sentinelese people. Omayra Sánchez. Ötzi. Ötzi (German pronunciation: [ˈœtsi] ( ); also called Ötzi the Iceman, the Similaun Man, the Man from Hauslabjoch, Homo tyrolensis, and the Hauslabjoch mummy) is a well-preserved natural mummy of a man who lived around 3,300 BCE. The mummy was found in September 1991 in the Ötztal Alps, hence Ötzi, near the Similaun mountain and Hauslabjoch on the border between Austria and Italy. He is Europe's oldest known natural human mummy, and has offered an unprecedented view of Chalcolithic Europeans. Gautama Buddha. Lucretia. Tarrare. James Barry. House of Saud. Olivier Levasseur. Misao Fujimura. David Reimer. Amelia Dyer. Temple Grandin. Mary I of England.
Genie. Stuart Roosa. Michael Taylor (demoniac) Roman Polanski.