Siobhan Kelleher Kukolic

Words to inspire the belief that we have all we need to be the change we wish to see.

Tag: Lincoln

Women have done some incredible things

Women have done some incredible things.

Marie Curie (1867-1934) was a physicist and scientist who discovered radium and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize.  Rosa Parks (1913-2005) was a civil rights activist who helped change the world by refusing to give up her seat on the bus.  Margaret Thatcher (1925-2013) was the United Kingdom’s first female prime minister.  Lord Byron’s daughter Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was a mathematician who was also the first computer programmer. Sappho (570 BC) was the first known female writer and Plato said she was one of the ten greatest poets.  Cleopatra (69BC-30BC) was the leader of Egypt when the Roman Empire was trying to take over.  The patron saint of France, Joan of Arc (1412-1431) fought for France against the English and led them to a victory at Orleans when she was only 17 years old.  Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) wrote the book Uncle Tom’s Cabin and was an anti-slavery advocate.  Lincoln said her book was a catalyst for the American Civil War.  Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) fought for women’s rights and was a key player in the suffragette movement to get the vote for women.   Continue reading

The first one to get the news

I read an excerpt from the book Abraham Lincoln and the Irish:  The Untold Story by Niall O’Dowd and it was very interesting.  It explained that in 1865 in Ireland, a German newsman named Paul Julius Reuter had set up a telegraph line in a little village called Crookhaven in County Cork, Ireland.  This coastline was close enough for a rowboat to go out to the news ship instead of waiting for that ship to dock further down the coast at Cobh.  This allowed Reuter to be the first one to get the news from America and put it out across his telegraph line to the rest of Europe. Continue reading

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