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Two men who appeared in the wildly popular Marlboro Man advertisements died of lung cancer, earning Marlboro cigarettes the nickname “Cowboy Killer.”
Johnny Cash playing for Folsom Prison inmates.
(His first major hit was called Folsom Prison Blues. Is it just me, or is the guy in front of the low mike with the funny hat have a very skeptical face? Like, “yeah, you have no idea what being in prison is actually like”)
At the end of WWI, the German government trained the first guide dogs for war-blinded soldiers.
The funeral procession accompanying Abraham Lincoln’s body through Washington, DC, from the White House to the Capitol. He lay in state under the rotunda for a week and half before taking a special train to Springfield, MA. It stopped so much on the route home that the president’s body began to stink before he reached home, necessitating an end to the ceremonies and a quick burial
The first verified cemetery for gladiators, discovered five years ago in Epheseus, has proven to be very informative about gladiators’ lives. Since Roman traditionally cremated their dead, skeletons are rarely available for historians to test. Some show three-point death blows on their heads, indicating tridents were used to kill them. Others were killed with a blunt, hammer-like instrument. One historian theorized it was a mercy killing, for severely injured gladiators. More gruesomely, gladiators whose deaths were demanded by an angry crowd for poor fighting or cowardice, were killed by a sword thrust through their neck to their hearts.
Besides their gruesome and early deaths, gladiators were treated comparatively well. Their diets show they were well-fed, especially before matches. Bone analysis show high levels of strontium. This indicates a strict vegetarian diet, likely high in barley and beans. Strontium also strengthens bones and speeds the healing process. The Romans knew more about the human body than previously thought.
A group of Harvard students were expelled in 1920 for homosexual conduct. The expulsion committee’s treatment of the students led to the suicide of two students and permanently ruined the reputation of others.
This man, Yang Kyoungjong, fought for three armies in WWII. At 18, this Korean was conscripted by the Japanese from Manchuria (northern China) and sent off to fight the Soviets. He was captured after the Battle of Khalkhin-Gol and sent to a labor camp. But when the Soviets started running low on manpower, he was conscripted again in 1942 along with thousands of his fellow prisoners and shipped off to the eastern front. In 1943, he was captured by the Germans at the Battle of Kharkov in Ukraine. They handed him a German uniform, and sent him off to fight in France in a special battalion of Soviet prisoners. American paratroopers captured him again and he spent some time in prison camp in Britain before immigrating to the US. He died in Illinois in 1992.
US Army Nurse (Second Lieutenant) wearing long regulation officer’s overcoat over her uniform (circa 1941)