This 91-year-old shoemaker has lived in Brooklyn since 1923. In that time period, he’s met all sorts of “soles” and has many wonderful stories to regale. Here’s a snippet.
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Painted by Paul Delaroche in 1833, the soon-to-be fallen maiden is Lady Jane Grey, whose innocence was stolen from her just as quickly as her marriage. Grey bore the title of England’s queen for a mere nine days before her 1554 execution. While he waited 300 years to paint a dramatization of the subject matter, where Delaroche gains in emotional effect he loses in historical accuracy. For example, the snowy queen’s execution did not take place indoors; rather, the open air of Tower Green.
From Wikipedia: The Nine Sovereigns at Windsor for the funeral of King Edward VII. Standing, from left to right: King Haakon VII of Norway, King Ferdinand of Bulgaria, King Manuel of Portugal, Kaiser Wilhelm II of the German Empire, King George I of The Hellenes (Greece) and King Albert I of the Belgians (Belgium). Seated, from left to right: King Alfonso XIII of Spain, King-Emperor George V of the Great Britain and King Frederick VIII of Denmark.
When most people tune into a political debate, they anticipate that things will quickly heat up–but not to the point that they will witness the assassination of one of its speakers. And yet in 1960 in Tokyo, that exact event transpired. The slain was Inejiro Asanuma, a prominent politician and leader of the Japanese Socialist Party whose contentious support of the Chinese Communist Party proved too much for one right-wing, 17-year-old nationalist. Cause of death? A samurai sword straight through the stomach.
What a year for Pelé: at 17, he became the youngest player in the World Cup Finals in 1958, the youngest scorer ever in the World Cup Finals, and the youngest player to win a World Cup Winner’s Medal. For Sweden (where the World Cup was held), though, the year proved sour: 1958 marked the only year that a World Cup in Europe was not won by a European team.
For a while, the black death’s etiology was uncertain. But thanks to ever-improving technology, scientists have determined that the plague originated in a Chinese rodent population in the form of the rod-shaped Yersinia pestis, which likely made its way to Europe via the Silk Road and merchant ships between 1346 and 1353. Science jargon aside, the plague took with it between 75 and 200 million people, or at least one-third of Europe’s population at the time. It took over 150 years for all of Europe to recover from a mere bacteria, but not without monumental social, political and economic upheavals.