Juan Nepomuceno Cortina Goseacochea (1824 – 1894), also known by his nicknames Cheno Cortina, the Red Robber of the Rio Grande and the Rio Grande Robin Hood. Mexican rancher, politician, military leader, outlaw and folk hero. He was an important caudillo, military general and regional leader, who effectively controlled the Mexican state of Tamaulipas as governor. In borderlands history he is known for leading a paramilitary mounted Mexican Militia in the failed Cortina Wars. The "Wars" were raids targeting Anglo-American civilians whose settlement Cortina opposed near the several leagues of land granted to his wealthy family on both sides of the Rio Grande. Anglo families began immigrating to the Lower Rio Grande Valley after the Mexican Army was defeated by the Anglo-Mexican rebels of the Mexican State of Tejas, in the Texas Revolution.
Saturday, 23 April 2022
Anne "Fifi" Urquhart Potter Stillman McCormick (1879-1969). Wife of James Alexander Stillman (1873 – 1944), a president of National City Bank.
She was the daughter of James Brown Potter and Cora Urquhart, a stage actress.
Monday, 18 April 2022
Rose Mary Woods (1917 – 2005). Richard Nixon's secretary from his days in Congress in 1951, through the end of his political career. Before H. R. Haldeman and John Ehrlichman became the operators of Nixon's presidential campaign, Woods was Nixon's gatekeeper.
Oleg Vladimirovich Penkovsky (1919 – 1963). Soviet military intelligence colonel during the late 1950s and early 1960s. Penkovsky informed the United States and the United Kingdom about Soviet military secrets, most importantly, the appearance and footprint of Soviet intermediate-range ballistic missile installations and the weakness of the Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile program. This information was decisive in allowing the U.S. to recognize that the Soviets were placing missiles in Cuba before most of them were operational. It also gave U.S. President John F. Kennedy, during the Cuban Missile Crisis that followed, valuable information about Soviet weakness that allowed him to face down Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev and resolve the crisis without a nuclear war.
Friday, 31 December 2021
Alexander Charles Vasa (1614 – 1634). Fifth son of King Sigismund III of Poland and his wife Constance of Austria.
Sunday, 19 December 2021
Marie Steiner-von Sivers (born Marie von Sivers, 1867 – 1948). Second wife of Rudolf Steiner and one of his closest colleagues. She made a great contribution to the development of anthroposophy, particularly in her work on the renewal of the performing arts (eurythmy, speech and drama), and the editing and publishing of Rudolf Steiner's literary estate.
Marie von Sivers was born to an aristocratic family in Włocławek, Poland, then part of Imperial Russia. She was well-educated and was fluent in Russian, German, English, French and Italian. She studied theater and recitation with several teachers in Europe.
She "appeared one day" at one of Rudolf Steiner's early lectures in 1900. In the autumn of 1901, she posed the question to Steiner, "Would it be possible to create a spiritual movement based on European tradition and the impetus of Christ?" Rudolf Steiner later reported: "With this, I was given the opportunity to act in a way that I had only previously imagined. The question had been put to me, and now, according to spiritual laws, I could begin to answer it."
Wednesday, 8 December 2021
Arlene Carol Dahl (1925 – 2021). American actress active in films from the late 1940s. She had three children, the eldest of whom is actor Lorenzo Lamas.
She was the daughter of Norwegian immigrants.
She worked for MGM, Eagle-Lion, Paramount, Universal and Columbia. She also worked in TV productions.
In 1952, Dahl began writing a syndicated beauty column and opened Arlene Dahl Enterprises in 1954, marketing cosmetics and designer lingerie.
In 1953, on the set of the film Sangaree, Dahl met Fernando Lamas, whom she would marry the following year.
In 1956 she starred in the film noir Slightly Scarlet, alongside Rhonda Fleming, another red-haired star.