Andrew Mellon was born on March 24, 1855. He took over his father's bank and built up a financial-industrial empire. He founded Alcoa, Gulf Oil and Union Steel and by the early 1920s was one of the richest men in the US. Mellon was appointed to head the U.S. Treasury by President Harding and continued under Coolidge and Hoover. His fortune and art collection were the basis for the National Gallery of Art. He was one of the investors in the Lucas Gusher that kicked off the oil boom in…
Marian Anderson - April 9, 1935 sang on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial before 75,000 people at the request of First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and the Daughters of the American Revolution after Constitution Hall refused to allow her to perform.
Nurse May Smith started the first medical clinic for children in North Texas one century ago. Here she's pictured in her graduation photo in 1902. From Tents To Towers: The Growth Of Childrens Medical Center Of Dallas | KERA News
Susanne Lustig Cohn. Born in Breslau, fled to England in 1939. Worked for British Intelligence on German prisoners' classified intelligence files. She met her husband, Fritz Lustig, there as he was a secret listener in the "M Room" that bugged the prisoners' conversations. They were married for 67 years. Her story is told in two books: The King's Most Loyal Enemy Aliens and The M Room: Secret Listeners who Bugged the Nazis.
Margaret Louise Higgins Sanger (1879 - 1966) started what is now called Planned Parenthood. In 1965, the Supreme Court made birth control available for married couples, largely due to her pioneering work that began back in 1912.
Edwin Booth, the brother of John Wilkes Booth. At a train station in New Jersey, he saved the life of Robert Todd Lincoln. Standing on a crowded platform, in the hustle and bustle, Robert was pushed against the train; It began to pull forward, and he nearly fell on the tracks below. Booth yanked him back up to safety. Robert thanked the famous actor by name. Booth did not learn whom he had rescued until later. This comforted him after the assassination of the President.