The term "Siamese twins" originated with conjoined twin brothers Chang and Eng Bunker, who were born in 1811 in Siam, which is now Thailand. After touring with P. T. Barnum's circus for many years, they settled in North Carolina and married two sisters: Chang to Adelaide Yates and Eng to Sarah Anne Yates. The two fathered a total of 22 children and died within hours of each other in 1874. Would the Bunker brothers have been able to be separated using today's surgical techniques?
Back in the day
Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University is named for philanthropist Johns Hopkins, who donated $7 million for the foundation of the university and Johns Hopkins Hospital—the largest philanthropic bequest in US history at the time. Johns Hopkins University was the first American research university and was later used as a model for most large research universities in the US. How did Hopkins get his unusual first name?
Born on a day like today
Washington is often called the "Father of his Country" because of the central role he played in the founding of the United States. As commander of the Continental Army, he led colonial forces to victory over the British and served as the new nation's first president. He then relinquished that power and retired after two terms, thereby setting a key precedent for republican democracy. How did Washington occupy himself after his retirement?