Sad news came out of Marineland, Florida on April 6th of 1957 when it was reported that an 8-year-old porpoise named Algae had accidentally swallowed a 4” (10 cm) rubber ball. It lodged in his first stomach and veterinarians did all that they could to extract it. Sadly, Algae died on the operating table.
Redfork, Oklahoma resident Jack Van Zandt was arrested on June 24th of 1931 after getting in an argument with his mother-in-law. He was held on $2500 bail, which is about $38,000 today. The charge? Maiming.
In 1945, 42-year-old Victor Sammarco was arrested in New York City for failure to pay $1225 (nearly $16,000 today) in alimony to Mrs. Elizabeth Doyen, to whom he had apparently been married to for eleven years and later divorced. He was thrown in alimony jail, but protested his innocence. “I never saw this lady before.”
Six students from the Santa Rosa Junior College in California found themselves in a bit of hot water on April 24th of 1960. The students, one female and five male, dressed up in roaring ‘20’s style clothes for the school’s annual “Character Day.” The 19-year-old woman wore a classic flapper outfit, while the five guys, ranging in age from 18 to 21, went for the classic mobster look of long coats, hats, and sunglasses.
On March 7, 1952, there was a story in the British Medical Journal discussing an unnamed girl who was suffering from crippling arthritis coupled with a disfiguring skin disease. Her father did his best to find a doctor who could treat his daughter, but nothing was successful.
The papers reported on January 4, 1935 that 56-year-old Summit, Tennessee resident James Beasom had died. Certainly nothing unusual about a death being reported in the newspaper on any given day, but how Beasom died was.
On March 7th of 1922 it was reported that Rafaelo Diaz, a tenor for the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, had just completed performing at a benefit for handicapped children at the Commodore ballroom. A group of young, attractive women gathered around him and someone commented about his great complexion.
If we had taken a trip to the Liberty National Bank at 3158 Roosevelt Road in Chicago, Illinois on September 18th of 1949, we would have found bank floor manager William H. Oglesbee sitting at his very unusual desk. What made the desk so unusual was that it was covered with more than 12,000 pennies that had been individually glued to it using 77 tubes of airplane cement.
It was reported in the New York Times on May 21, 1967 that Dr. Orlo K. Jantz, a researcher at Michigan State University had stumbled upon a new way to control strawberry and picnic beetles. All that was needed was to set up traps baited with two colors of automobile paint.
It was reported in the February 19, 1902 edition of the New York Times that 18-year-old Alfred De Chico walked into the Bedford Avenue police station in NYC claiming that 18-year-old Salvatore Carricato had shot him three times.