march 1927

Born in 1878, Eva Dugan worked in cabaret before being hired as a housekeeper by Andrew J. Mathis, a Pima County, Arizona, resident. For reasons unknown, Mathis fired Dugan and shortly afterwards, he disappeared, seemingly into thin air. While his home was not in disarray, his cash box as well as his car were missing. Neighbours of Mathis reported that Dugan had recently been selling some of his belongings, however, when investigators went to question her, she was nowhere to be found. An investigation into her background revealed that she had been married five times. All five husbands had inexplicably disappeared. Eventually investigators tracked Dugan down - she was working in a hospital in White Plains. On 4 March, 1927, she was extradited back to Arizona. Months later, Mathis’ slain body was discovered in a shallow grave on his land.

Dugan denied any involvement in the murder and all evidence entered into trial was purely circumstantial. The prosecution claimed that Dugan had been assisted by a teenage boy named Jack. However, Jack was never identified or found. Despite the lack of evidence, she was found guilty and sentenced to hang. While incarcerated, she permitted interviews for $1 and knitted handkerchiefs which she sold. With the money earned, she purchased her own coffin. As her execution date loomed, a rumour began to circulate that Dugan was going to end her own life as opposed to die at the gallows. The morning before her execution, a search of her cell turned up a bottle of raw ammonia as well as three razor blades. She was led to the gallows at 5AM on 21 February, 1930. The noose was tied around her neck and the trap was sprung. The executioner had misjudged the distance and the snap of the rope decapitated Dugan, with her head rolling into the group of spectators.

Following the gruesome execution, the gallows were replaced by the gas chamber, making Eva Dugan the only woman to be executed by hanging in Arizona.

This letter gets interrupted all the time, but I love you, Virginia - so there - and your letters make it worse - are you pleased? I want to get home to you - please, when you are in the south, think of me, and of the fun we should have, shall have, if you stick to your plan of going abroad with me in October, - sun and cafes all day and ? all night. My darling … please let this plan come off. I live for it.
—  Vita Sackville-West, in a letter to Virginia Woolf, dated 30 March 1927.

Betty Allen (17 March 1927 – 22 June 2009) 

Renowned American operatic mezzo-soprano who had an active international singing career during the 1950s through the 1970s. Allen was part of the first generation of black opera singers to achieve wide success and is viewed as part of an instrumental group of performers who helped break down the barriers of racial prejudice in the opera world. She was greatly admired by Bernstein and the conductor notably chose her to be the featured soloist for his final performances as music director of the New York Philharmonic in 1973. After her singing career ended, she became a lauded voice teacher and arts administrator. (Wikipedia)

Portrait of mezzo-soprano Betty Allen. Stamped on back: “Betty Allen, mezzo-soprano.”

  • Courtesy of the E. Azalia Hackley Collection of African Americans in the Performing Arts, Detroit Public Library

anonymous asked:

are there any muslims in ilvermorny? also, how are muslim ilvermorny students supposed to get back from winter break because the american voldemort banned them? also, does madam picquery support muslim wizards/witches? (i know trump isn't president in 1926 and the ban wasn't made until 2017 but it's an important question at the back of my head)

There are Muslims in Ilvermorny, although they’re a small minority.

I’m a bit confused - what’s a voldemort? And why wouldn’t get Muslim students be able to go back home? This country is their home, too, right? And yes, ‘course she supports them! She’s their President too, isn’t she?

A Strange Kind Of Home 3

Author: AvengeSuperWhoLock

Word Count: 1372

Pairing: BuckyxReader

Summary: A little bit of a filler chapter. It’s just you and Bucky sitting on a couch talking. But Bucky gets some clarification on a few things and you finally agree to start telling him the story of your lives together.

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December 26, 1893: Birthday of Comrade Mao Zedong, leader of the Chinese Revolution, great teacher of the world’s working class and oppressed peoples.

“A revolution is not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. A revolution is an insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another.”

“Report on an Investigation of the Peasant Movement in Hunan” (March 1927), Selected Works, Vol. I, p. 28.