Michael Hare fought in the French and Indian War and the American Revolution. He survived being calped and earned a living as a weaver and a teacher. He survived an Indian scalping and lived to be 115 years old.
In Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind, Scarlett O'Hara was spoiled and willful, but she forged her stubborn will into survival tools when her world collapsed around her. She is a flawed character, but she is a human and relatable character.
The custom of ball dropping on New Year's Eve symbolizes time passing and many places across America follow this tradition. Others have created more radical drops including pickes and acorns to welcome in the New Year.
Kate Shelley had to crawl across the trestle bridge above the rampaging Des Moines River and flag down the Chicago and Northwestern Railroad's Midnight Express before it fell into the river below. Could she stop it in time?
James J. Metcalfe served as an FBI agent during the gangster era in 1930s America and helped capture John Dillinger. He reported for the Chicago Sun Times and investigated the German American Bund. He also wrote best selling poetry.
Mary Surratt and her fellow conspirators were executed for plotting and carrying out the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln on april 14, 1865. Historans are still arguing whether she was really guilty or an unfortunate victim of circumstance.
The creators of two beloved Christmas carols, "Silent Night" and "O Holy Night", were flawed human beings, but they produced two Christmas carols that express the meaning of Christmas and proKvide hope for humnaity.