Elizabeth Ann Seton established the first American Sisters of Charity in Maryland in 1809 and became a saint in 1975.

Mary Baker Eddy was the first woman to establish a major religion in America. She established the Church of Christ Scientist in 1879.

Barbara Jordan was the keynote speaker at the 1976 Democrat National Convention in N.Y., being the first African American to earn that distinction.

The first advertisement printed in English in 1477 offered a prayer book. The ad was published by William Caxton on his press in Westminster Abbey. No price was mentioned, only that the book was "good chepe."

In 1905, Little Nemo in Slumberland, by Winsor McCay,  began running in the New York Herald. The first comic  with a continuing story, it is still noted as one of  the most richly illustrated comic strips of all time.

In 1895, the New York World, owned by Joseph Pulitzer,  began publishing a series of comics by Richard  Outcault taking place in Hogan's Alley, and featuring  a boy in a yellow nightshirt who became known as "The  Yellow Kid."

The first names of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde are Henry and Edward.

Marco Polo dictated the book about his travels while he was a prisoner of war in Genoa. When it was published, everyone thought it was fiction.

There were two streetcars in Tennessee Williams's A Streetcar Named Desire.

Smith is the most common last name in the United States. A little over 1% of all Americans share that last name.

Other names considered for Nancy Drew included Diana Dare, Stella Strong, Helen Hale and Nan Nelson.

Before the Nazis invaded Paris, H.A. and Margret Rey fled on bicycles. They were carrying a rough manuscript for Curious George.

Margaret Wise Brown had no children and left all of her Goodnight Moon money and future earnings to Albert Edward Clark III, a young neighbor boy.

Before jumping to books and TV and Happy Meals, Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears were just designs on greeting cards.

Norman Bridwell almost called his big red dog Tiny, but his wife suggested Clifford - the name of her childhood imaginary friend.

What did Christopher Columbus look like? No one knows - his portrait was never painted.

Charles Darwin and Albert Einstein married their first cousins.

Though deaf and blind, Helen Keller learned English, French, and German.

Sigmund Freud smoked 20 cigars a day.

P.T. Barnum staged the first international beauty contest.

Marie Curie was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize. She won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903.

Sandra Day O'Connor was the first female Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. She served until her retirement in 2006.

Elizabeth Blackwell was the first woman in the U.S. to receive a medical degree. She received her MD from the Medical Institution of Geneva, New York, in 1849.

Dr. Seuss coined the word nerd in his 1950 book If I Ran the Zoo.

Contrary to popular opinion, the "Saturday Evening Post" was not founded by Benjamin Franklin. It was founded by Charles Alexander and Samuel C. Atkinson in 1821. The "Saturday Evening Post' was, however, begun in the same building in which Franklin had published his "Pennsylvania Gazette."

The name Wendy was made up for the book "Peter Pan."

IBM's motto is "Think". Apple later made their motto "Think different".

Approximately one fifth of all the publications from
Japan are comic books.
Quips, Quotes & Stories
As with most of my pages, these quips, quotes and stories were sent to me by family and friends over the years. Do you have a special quote or story you would like added here? Then send it to me. I'll be happy to add it along with your name, email address, and your web page address if you like. Just letme know your preference. Also, if you look through the rest of my site you'll find quotes on nearly every page. Look around and have fun.
A friendly look,
A kindly smile,
One good act,
And life's worthwhile. 
~Author Unknown
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