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FLW: change comes with blood

Famous Last Words John Brown Charles Town, Virginia (now West Virginia) December 2, 1859 "I, John Brown, am now quite certain that the crimes of this guilty land will never be purged away but with blood. I had, as I now think, vainly flattered myself that without very much bloodshed it might be done." Brown,… Continue reading FLW: change comes with blood

Graves · Virginia

The mysterious grave of the Female Stranger

October 14, 1816 Alexandria, Virginia A Female Stranger dies in her husband's arms The true identity of the Female Stranger is unknown but many local legends about her have persisted through the years. One such story claims the Female Stranger and her husband visited a hotel. The wife seemed ill, possibly from typhoid fever, and… Continue reading The mysterious grave of the Female Stranger

Disasters · Virginia

First airplane cash fatality

September 17, 1908 Fort Myer, Virginia Thomas Selfridge, a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army, becomes the first airplane fatality at the age of 26 Orville Wright had taken Lt. Selfridge on a flight in the Wright Flyer and had successfully made four circuits today around Fort Myer. Halfway through the fifth circuit, the aircraft's… Continue reading First airplane cash fatality