July 19, 2011
July 19: Lizzie Borden Born, 1860
Lizzie Borden took an axe,
Gave her father forty whacks.
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her mother forty-one.
There are a few things wrong with the rhyme. It wasn't her mother; it was her stepmother. The Bordens only received a total of 29 whacks, not 81. And Lizzie may not have done it -- the jury certainly didn't think so.
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Pictured: 1889 photograph of Lizzie Borden.