Premature infant abandoned on porch

July 8, 1954 Henderson, Kentucky A premature infant is abandoned on a porch The newborn weighted only 2.5 lbs when she was found crying "like a kitten's whining" on a woman's porch. Doctors placed her in an incubator and police promised not to hold the mother accountable should she come forward within 24 hours to…

An unflattering gravestone

April 11, 1996 Arizona Mona Herold Vanni dies, and a scathing epitaph left by her children on her gravestone Though the history behind Mona’s gravestone hasn’t been verified, one Redditor claiming to be the Jackie on the headstone wrote this, verbatim, of her mother: “I am the Jackie on Mona Herald Vanni's tombstone. I had…

The death of Jesse James

April 3, 1882 St. Joseph, Missouri Outlaw Jesse James is shot in the back by a member of his gang who wished to claim the reward money issued against James Robert Ford, James’ murderer, was a new recruit to the James gang and had met secretly with the governor of Missouri against James. Ford waited…

Bodies of the February Revolution laid to rest

March 23, 1917 Petrograd, Russian Empire (modern day St. Petersburg, Russia) The bodies of the victims of the February Revolution are laid to rest The February Revolution lasted from March 8 - 12 (using the Gregorian calendar, or February 23 - 27 using the Julian calendar) which marked the ending of the imperial system and…

Naval officer dies after being shot in the pelvis during duel

March 22, 1820 Washington, D.C. Stephen Decatur dies at 41 from injuries sustained during a gun duel Decatur, a distinguished naval officer, had been challenged by Commodore James Baron after Decatur made disparaging remarks regarding Baron's conduct during the Chesapeake-Leopold Affair of 1807. Decatur accepted, though he did not tell his wife about the duel,…