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The Pictures Your History Teacher Couldn’t Show You

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76. 1954 – The only Meteorite Survivor

On November 30th, 1954, the Sylacauga meteorite fell in Oak Grove, Alabama. It fell through the roof of Ann Elizabeth Fowler Hodges (pictured), hit her radio, and ricocheted into her side. She is one of the only people known to have survived a hit like this. She tried to sell the meteorite after, but media attention had fallen away and she could not find a buyer. She eventually donated it to the Alabama Museum of Natural History.

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75. 1936 – The Final Public Execution

Rainey Bethea was hanged in 1936 in Owensboro, Kentucky. He was accused and found guilty of the violent rape and murder of 70-year-old Lischia Edwards. The hanging, which drew a crowd of 20,000 was a media circus. It was the first execution ever carried out by a woman. Florence Shoemaker Thompson became sheriff when her husband unexpectedly died and as sheriff, it was her duty to carry out the execution.

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