Charles Fossard William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-6-19

Charles Fossard murdered a elderly man in Australia and stole his boots. He was caught, convicted and started serving his life sentence in 1903. It ended 70 years and 303 days later — that would be 1974 — with his death in prison. Fossard holds the record for longest sentence served.

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Gallant Men William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-4-19

Sen. Everett Dirksen (R-Ill.) became the oldest person to have a Billboard Top 40 hit with “Gallant Men” on Jan. 7, 1967. He was 71 years.

He would lose the title two years later to Moms Mabley who was 75 when her cover of “Abraham, Martin and John” hit 35 on July 19. 1969. Ironically, that was just one day after John’s brother drove a car off a bridge and let a woman drown.

Here is Dirkson’s hit song “Gallant Men”:

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Male groundhogs William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 2-2-19

So, how did groundhogs get their reputation as forecasters of spring? Male groundhogs leave their burrows in February to look for a female’s burrow and move in upon finding one. It’s just to introduce themselves. The mating doesn’t start until spring.

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Union Army ethnic composition William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-23-19

The Union Army ethnic composition was but 45 percent native-born white Americans. About 10 percent were blacks, 4 percent Canadian, 7 percent non-European, and the rest European.

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Old King Cole William Lawrence Sr Omnibit 1-18-19

Old King Cole was a merry old soul but that’s about all we know about him. Some think he wasn’t even a king but a Reading, England cloth merchant from the 12 century named Thomas Cole-brook.

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