Jeanne Louise Calment, who died at 122 years and 164 days of age, lived to be the oldest person on record. Though her parents and siblings also lived to an advanced age, she outlived them all. An active woman, Calment continued to ride a bicycle until she was 100 years old and lived independently until she was nearly 110. At 114, she became the world's oldest actress, appearing as herself in the family film Vincent and Me. Calment attributed her longevity to what food product?
Back in the day
The remains of American Civil War general and former United States President Ulysses S. Grant and his wife, Julia Dent Grant, lie interred in Grant's Tomb. The granite and marble structure, designed by architect John Duncan, was completed in 1897 and remains the largest mausoleum in N America. The tomb complex is located in New York City's scenic Riverside Park and recently underwent a $1.8 million restoration by the National Park Service. What did Duncan use as a general model for his design?
Born on a day like today
Coretta Scott King was the widow of slain civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr., and a noted community leader in her own right. She was vocal in her opposition to apartheid, capital punishment, and the 2003 Invasion of Iraq, and she advocated for women's rights, lesbian and gay rights, and AIDS/HIV prevention. In 1968, Mrs. King established The King Center, a memorial dedicated to promoting the legacy and ideals of her late husband. Why was she under FBI surveillance from 1968 to 1972?