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May 16, 1985: Margaret Hamilton passed away. She was best known for the character she played in “The Wizard of Oz”—the Wicked Witch of the West. Hamilton was a Sunday School teacher at one time and loved children. Hamilton was much more than her Witch character; she had 121 screen credits over her career (imdb.com). The Wicked Witch of the West’s iconic hat sold for $208,250 in 2011 at Guernsey’s (abcnew.go.com) ... See MoreSee Less
May 12, 1820: Englishwoman Florence Nightingale, the “Lady of the Lamp,” was born in her namesake city of Florence, Italy. She saved countless lives through nursing and improving hygiene, reducing the death rate in hospitals during the Crimean War from 42% to 2% (Historic-UK.com). A 150-year-old brass desk lamp that belonged to her sold in 2015 for £17,000 at Hanson’s Auctioneers in Derbyshire, UK. ... See MoreSee Less
May 11, 1811: Siamese twins Chang and Eng Bunker were born in Thailand. Exhibited around the world, they became wealthy and settled in North Carolina. Each married, and the two had a total of 21 children. Chang died a few hours before his brother, even though they were only conjoined by their liver and cartilage. A carte de visite of Chan and Eng and two of their sons sold for $411 in 2012 at Cowan’s Auction. ... See MoreSee Less
May 10, 1904: Journalist and explorer Henry Morton Stanley (born John Rowlands) died in London. He found Dr. David Livingstone in Africa and became famous for reportedly asking, “Dr. Livingstone, I presume?” His 1874 book, How I Found Livingstone, inscribed, sold for $17,600 at Christie’s in 2004. Eight years later, another inscribed copy sold for $30,000, also at Christie’s.� Dr. Livingstone was one of the most famous people in Britain in the 19th century. In 2015, his Missionary Travels and Researches in South Africa published in 1857 was auctioned for £3000 by Rogers Jones & Co. in Wales—after being purchased at a car boot (trunk) sale for £1. It was autographed and inscribed by Livingstone to a friend. ... See MoreSee Less
May 9, 1671: Thomas Blood and two men stole the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London—but only for a little while. They were captured nearby. For unspecified reasons, King Charles II released Blood from prison without a trial—even though the crown was hammered flat and the scepter sawn in half to make them easier to steal. ... See MoreSee Less
May 8, 1753: The reported birthday of Phillis Wheatley, the first female African poet to be published while a slave in America in 1767. Her “Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral” was published as a book on Sept. 1, 1773. A two-page letter written and signed by her sold for $253,000 at Swann Auction Galleries in 2005. ... See MoreSee Less
May 3, 1937: Margaret Mitchell won the Pulitzer Prize for Gone With The Wind (Pulitzer.org). AFI'S 100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time lists #1 as, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” (AFI.com). And frankly, the word frankly was not in the book; it was added in the film. ... See MoreSee Less
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📢 Aberfoyle's May 11th Saturday Special has been MOVED to June 15th.Due to weather concerns we have postponed our first Saturday special from May 11th, 2019 to June 15th, 2019. Save the date!
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