I'm interested in scads of topics, and it seems I'm always running into interesting tidbits. I'd like to share some with you. I promise they'll always have at least a fleeting relevance to the day at hand.
Was he a criminal, or a folk hero? A little of both. Read the story of Ned Kelly here.
Pictured: Ned Kelly had his portrait taken just before his execution. Photo from the Australian News and Information Bureau, Canberra.
Below: The Kelly gang designed and built their own armor. It wasn't quite good enough, though. This helmet was worn by Dan Kelly. Photo contributed by Petedownunder on Wikimedia Commons under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike license.
Pictured: Branwell's picture of his sisters, left to right: Anne, Emily, and Charlotte. Branwell was in the picture, between Emily and Charlotte, but he painted himself out. You can still faintly see his "ghost."
Vincent Chin was a Chinese-American who was beaten to death with a baseball bat in 1982. His assailant thought he was Japanese, and blamed him for the downturn in the American auto industry. Read article here.
Today is International Steampunk Day. I'm not sure why the date was chosen -- several sources indicate that it's H. G. Wells's birthday, but it's really not. It is, however, the anniversary of the day Charles Babbage proposed his "Difference Engine" to the Royal Society.
On this day in 1776, the Continental Congress appointed the Committee of Five to write the Declaration of Independence. So how did all that work out? Read article here.
Pictured: Painting by John Trumbull, 1819. The five gentlemen clustered in the center of the drawing are the Committee of Five. From left to right: John Adams, Roger Sherman, Robert Livingston, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin.
Emily Davison had done some pretty strange things in her life. She'd attacked a man she though was the Chancellor of the Exchequer. (He wasn't.) She'd hidden in a cupboard and spent the night at the House of Commons, just so she could give it as her address on the 1911 census. But her big mistake was running out onto the track at the Epsom Derby, just so she could get a suffragette flag on the King's horse. Read article here.
Pictured: The Emily Davison mishap at the Epsom Derby. Davison later died of her injuries. From the Hulton Archive, 1913.