World History Facts
Cheryl Dailey Wittenberg
Last updated 8 years ago
"Foo fighters" was the name given to small spheres of light that were seen by Allied air pilots during WWII. These fast-moving, glowing balls were often seen following aircraft & flying around them displaying speed & maneuverability beyond the capabilities of the Allied planes. Many Allied pilots believed them to be secret Nazi weapons, although they were never hostile. However, German & Japanese pilots encountered these same fiery orbs. What these foo fighters were has never been explained.
Posted on blog 11/05/2012 A forgotten profession: In the days before alarm clocks were widely affordable, people like Mary Smith of Brenton Street were employed to rouse sleeping people in the early hours of the morning. They were commonly known as ‘knocker-ups’ or ‘knocker-uppers’. Mrs. Smith was paid sixpence a week to shoot dried peas at market workers’ windows in Limehouse Fields, London. Photograph from Philip Davies’ Lost London: 1870-1945.
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Awakening from Keto-acidosis: The scientists went to a hospital ward with diabetic children, comatose and dying from diabetic keto-acidosis. This is known as one of medicine's most incredible moments. The scientists went from bed-to-bed and injected the children with the purified extract - insulin. As they injected the last comatose child, the first child injected began to awaken. One by one, all the children awoke from their diabetic comas. A room of death became a place of joy and hope.
Susie Baker King Taylor (Aug 6th, 1848 - October 6th, 1912).... Ms. Taylor is the daughter of slaves; an African American army nurse; she worked with the black Union troops during the Civil War. She was the only African American woman to publish a memoir of her wartime experiences. She was also the first African American to teach openly in a school for former slaves in Georgia.