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A Midnight Frolic & More Than Someone’s Wife

Name: Gertrude Ederle Birth: October 23, 1905   Death: November 30, 2003 What she did: First Women to Swim the English Channel Gertrude was born in New York City, NY on October 23 rd , 1905 to German immigrants as the third of 6 children. Her father, Henry taught her to swim in New Jersey where […]

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A Rebel by Nature & A Bilingual Lit Queen/Nazi Resistance Fighter

Name: Ana Mendieta Birth: November 18, 1948  Death: September 8, 1985 What she did: Cuban American performance artist, sculptor, painter and video artist who is best known for her “earth-body” artwork. Ana Maria Mendieta was born into a middle-class family in Havana on Nov. 18, 1948. Her father, Ignacio, was a prominent political figure who […]

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The Cemetery Angel & The Queens of the Sydney Underworld

Who They Were:  Kate Leigh (1881-1964 107 convictions) Tilly Devine (1900-1970 204 convictions) What They Did: The Queens of the Sydney Underworld KATE: Kate was born on 10 March 1881 in Dubbo, New South Wales, the eighth child of Roman Catholic parents Timothy Beahan, and his wife Charlotte. Her childhood and teenage years included childhood […]

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The Phoneix of Mexico & The Bike Babe

Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana AKA Sor Juana Born: November 12th, 1651   Died: April 17th, 1695 What she did: Writer and Nun Facts: Juana de Asbaje y Ramírez de Santillana was born in on November 12th, 1651, and died on April 17th, 1695. Juana was the illegitimate daughter of a Spanish father and […]

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A Spieling, Slicing Singer & the Titty Defense

Peggy Lee Born: May 26, 1920    Died: January 21, 2002 What she did: Actress Facts: Peggy was born Norma Deloris Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota. After her mother died when Peggy was four, her father married Minnie Schaumberg Wiese but later left home, leaving Peggy’s care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. […]