Biographies are interesting because you discover facts you never knew about a person or place. When we think of Molly Brown, we always think of the Titanic or Unsinkable Molly Brown, and her personal conflicts with J.J. Brown. Molly Brown was born Margaret Tobin in Hannibal, Missouri in 1867. She...
Oscar Wilde recorded, in his Impressions of America, that when he visited Leadville, Colorado in April of 1882, he was lowered in a bucket to the bottom of one of Horace Tabor's mines and while at the bottom of the mine, he was treated to a three-course dinner hosted by a group of rough and ready miners. Dinner was described thusly, "The first course was whisky, the second course was whisky and the third course was whisky."
Even at 100 years old, the story of Titanic's fateful maiden voyage still captivates.
At 11:40 p.m. on April 14, 1912, the RMS Titanic struck an iceberg that tore open her side -- and she began taking on water immediately. Despite the confidence of her passengers that she was "practically unsinkable," the miracle of the modern age sank beneath icy waters at 2:20 a.m. on April 15. Of her 2,223 passengers, 1517 perished.