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Peter porco

Who Killed Peter Porco?

On November 15, 2004, Peter Porco, a 52-year-old state Appellate Division court clerk, was found dead of massive head injuries in his home in Delmar, New York. But who is the killer behind this horrific crime? Christopher Porco was sentenced for murdering his father and attempting to slaughter his mother with a fireman’s ax. Despite …

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Waverly Woodson

Who is Waverly Woodson?

World War II was a global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The vast majority of the world’s countries, including all of the great powers, formed two opposing military alliances: the Allies and the Axis powers. In a total war involving over 100 million personnel from over 30 countries, the major participants threw their …

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Mabel Fairbanks

Why Was Mabel Fairbanks Banned from the Rinks as a Child?

Mabel Fairbanks made her mark in the figure skating industry and was a coach to some well-known ice skaters like Kristi Yamaguchi, the 2012 Olympic champion. With Fairbanks’s remarkable skill in her chosen industry, why was Mabel Fairbanks banned from the rinks as a child? Fairbanks’ Native American ancestry and being African American caused her …

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Leonard Nimoy

Why Did Leonard Nimoy Refuse to Join the Star Trek Animated Series?

Star Trek was one of the most influential sci-fi shows in the twentieth century. But despite its popularity, it was not immune to social issues at the time. Members of the show also experienced racial discrimination on and off the set. But did you know how discrimination found itself in its animated series? Leonard Nimoy, …

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How Did Medical Schools in Japan Get Caught for Manipulating Exam Results?

Japan is one of the best countries in the world. Their university ranks along with the Netherlands’ University of Leiden, Switzerland’s University of Zurich, and Germany’s University of Munich which produces top-quality medical professionals. But in spite of this fact, there was an instance when Japanese Medical Schools got caught falsifying exam results to get …

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Who is NASA’s Longest-Serving Female Employee?

NASA started recruiting women and minorities for their space program in the 1960s. By the end of the decade, they had already employed thousands of women. But did you know who the longest-serving female employee is? Susan G. Finley has been with NASA since January 1958. She has been an engineer and programmer for space …

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How Did Mary Ellen Pleasant Make Her Fortune?

In a period when the systemic discrimination against African-Americans was legal, Mary Ellen Pleasant used her anonymity as a Black domestic helper to become a self-made millionaire. Pleasant’s portfolio included shares in laundries, dairies, and the Wells Fargo Bank.  Mary Ellen Pleasant became one of the first African-American millionaires, becoming a business-savvy entrepreneur in the …

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How Did Martin Luther King Jr. Convince Nichelle Nichols to Stay in the Star Trek Franchise?

Martin Luther King Jr. was known for his immense contributions to American civil rights movements in the sixties. He was one of the most influential African-Americans that led the movement to abolish segregation through peaceful protests. Incidentally, King was also a big fan of Star Trek and convinced the actress who played Nyota Uhura to …

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How Did Anthony Perkins Find Out He was HIV Positive?

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) is a virus that attacks the body’s immune system. If left untreated, the virus can lead to Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Back in the day, the disease was often associated with homosexuals, and people who have been diagnosed with the disease were often discriminated against. But did you know how …

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Why is Loving Day Celebrated?

Loving Day is celebrated annually every June 12. But did you ever wonder what the holiday signified and who started it? Loving Day commemorates the anniversary of the legalization of interracial marriages in the United States. The Supreme Court decision was based on the case of Loving vs. Virginia. Richard and Mildred Loving’s Story Richard …

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