14 Fascinating, Now-You-Know People From History

There are billions of people who have existed, but we keep learning about the same 200 or so. Here are 14 people who never made it into our history books, but we wish they did…

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Dr. Adriano Ossicini created a fake disease to help Jewish people escape Nazi persecution. Syndrome K' was described as a fatal, contagious disease that would prevent Nazis from inspecting the hospital rooms during raids. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Mental Floss

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Onesimus introduced America to inoculation. Onesimus, an enslaved person, shared the traditional African practice, which would go on to save lives and lay the foundation for vaccines. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The Scientist

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Abel Meeropol wrote Billie Holiday's iconic anti-racist song Strange Fruit After Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage, Meeropol adopted their children. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NPR

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Leonid Rogozov cut out his own appendix. Ta The surgeon was in Antarctica when he developed appendicitis and had to perform an auto-appendectomy with only a novocaine shot. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: BBC

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George C. Parker was a con-man who successfully sold the Brooklyn Bridge multiple times. He once escaped jail by wearing the sheriff's coat and hat and walking right past guards. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle

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James Derham was the first Black person to formally practice medicine in the United States. He never received a degree but studied under his former enslavers, who were doctors. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: HuffPost

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Marian Croak developed the way we can use the internet to make calls. Croak holds over 200 patents, including one that allows us to text to donate to charities. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office

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Violet Jessop survived the sinking of both Titanic and HMHS Britannic. The stewardess was also on the RMS Olympic when it crashed with a warship. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The National Archives

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Mary Van Brittan Brown invented the home security system. Due to neighborhood violence and poor police response, Brown (a nurse) created a security system with a camera and two-way communication. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Black Past

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Claudette Colvin was arrested at 15-years-old for not moving to the back of the bus. Her act of bravery happened nine months before Rosa Parks'. She is 81 now. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NPR

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Yoshie Shiratori escaped from prison four times. He even escaped a specially-mad solitary confinement cell. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The Greatest Japanese Prison Escape 

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Leopoldine Doualla-Bell Smith was the world's first Black flight attendant. Despite being a princess of Cameroon, she was met with much discrimination. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NBC News

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Lionel Royce was a Jewish actor who fled Vienna due the growing power of Nazis. He returned, with a beard, as Kaspar Brandhofer and became incredibly successful and celebrated. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The History of Yesterday

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Bayard Rustin was the organizer behind the March on Washington. Rustin was a mentor to MLK but was not a face of the movement because of criticism due to him being gay. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NPR