JonBenet Ramsey was the daughter of Patsy and John Ramsey. Her father was a multi-millionaire businessman and her mother was a former Miss West Virginia. She was raised in luxury and comfort by her parents in Boulder, Colorado. She was an extrovert and had won several child pageant titles. She was six years old when her mother found a ransom note one morning, and immediately informed the police. Her body was found in the basement of the house with a fractured skull by her father that afternoon. She had been sexually assaulted and strangulated with a garrotte. The official cause of death was stated as ˜asphyxia by strangulation associated with craniocerebral trauma' and classified as homicide. The police made several mistakes in the initial investigation that compromised evidence in the case. Though there were several indicators to implicate her parents in the case, no conclusive evidence could be established. The District Attorney stated that the DNA analysis did not implicate the immediate family. After the case was dropped, her parents relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, and kept away from the media glare. Her father released a book titled ˜The Death of Innocence,' a memoir of the experience that the family went through. He claimed to have lost his entire earnings due the turmoil that the family went through. The case remains a mystery till today.
When she was 15, she tragically committed suicide after posting a video that told her story of blackmail and being bullied by her schoolmates.
Black American man who tragically died from asphyxia after a Minneapolis police officer named Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for about eight minutes. Floyd's death spurred an onset of protests against unfair treatment of black people throughout the world, primarily in the United States, as part of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Annie Oakley was an American sharpshooter and is considered America's first female superstar. She shook up men's monopoly in the shooting field by winning a bet against famous marksman Frank E. Butler, whom she later married. She eventually started performing on 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West' show and toured various countries in Europe. She distinguished herself from the other performers by her self-made modest costumes, but she proved herself no less a performer, showing off skills like shooting through flying cards or shooting off corks from bottles. She even entertained members of the royalty, such as Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, King Umberto I of Italy, French President Marie FranÃ§ois Sadi Carnot and German Kaiser Wilhelm II. A number of plays, movies and television series were made based on her life, the most famous being the stage and film versions of 'Annie Get Your Gun'. She taught many women how to use a gun. Even after becoming one of the biggest stars in her field, she remembered her early days of poverty and helped orphans by donating to various charities.
Widely known as the subject of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece painting the Mona Lisa. Her portrait was commissioned by her husband during the Italian Renaissance in the 16th century. The painting was featured in the 2020 video game Animal Crossing New Horizons.
Trayvon Martin was a seventeen year old American teenager who was shot dead by <a title='George Zimmerman' href='/famous/george-zimmerman.htm'>George Zimmerman</a>. The murder of Trayvon was highly publicized by the media, owing to the racial layer attached to it. Martin was an athletic, bright young man who was aiming for a future in the aviation industry and wanted to become a pilot. He had no criminal record. He was unarmed when he was shot by a neighborhood watch member <a title='George Zimmerman' href='/famous/george-zimmerman.htm'>George Zimmerman</a>. Following the trial, Zimmerman was released from prison sometime later, which gave rise to a heated debate over racial profiling and discrimination. The increasing pressure from all sides forced the police to arrest George, who was tried for murder. He was ultimately declared not guilty. On July 13, 2013, he was charged of second-degree murder, while in his defense, George said that the murder was an act of self- defense. The case brought out the racial intolerance that the US has been a victim of for a very long time. Many celebrities raised their voices in support of the victim's parents. Several petitions were started, which led to President Obama personally intervening into the matter.
Robert Wadlow was an American who was the tallest person in recorded history as per the Guinness Book of Records. Also known as the Giant of Illinois and the Alton Giant, he suffered from hyperplasia that resulted in his abnormally high rate of growth that didn't end even at the time of his death. Wadlow's height at the time of his death was 8 ft. 11.1 in. Born to average sized parents Harold Franklin Wadlow and Addie Johnson, he had two brothers and two sisters who were of average height and weight. At one point in his life, Wadlow's size began to take its toll and he was advised to use leg braces to walk. Despite all the difficulties he faced, he never used a wheelchair and even went to college to get a proper education like his peers. He became a celebrity in 1936 after he toured with the Ringling Brothers Circus. His stardom touched new heights when he went on a tour with the International Shoe Company. Charming and smart, Wadlow enjoyed photography and collecting stamps. He died in his sleep, on July 15, 1940, at the young age of 22.
American clairvoyant and psychic medium known for the paranormal investigations she conducted with her husband <a title='Ed Warren' href='/famous/ed-warren.htm'>Ed Warren</a>. One of their most prominent investigations was the Amityville haunting on Long Island.
Best remembered for dying while trying to prevent an explosion on a burning train car that was transporting dynamite, this Mexican national hero worked as a brakeman for a railroad line that ran between Sonora and Arizona.
Jyoti Amge is an Indian woman who holds the record for being the smallest woman in the world, according to Limca Book of Records and Guinness Book of Records. She is best known as an actress for appearing as Ma Petite in the fourth season of ˜American Horror Story: Freak Show' in 2014. She was previously featured in the Channel 4 documentary, ˜Body Shock: Two Foot Tall Teen' in 2009. In 2011, after her 18th birthday, she was officially recognized as the world's smallest woman by Guinness World Records with a recorded height of 62.8 centimeters (2 ft 0.6 in). While she beat the former record holder Bridgette Jordan by 6.2 cm, the record for the shortest woman in history is still held by Pauline Musters who was only 61 cm tall. In 2012, during a photo session for the 57th edition of the Guinness World Records, she got to meet the world's shortest man, Chandra Bahadur Dangi of Nepal. That year, she appeared as a guest in the Indian reality television show ˜Bigg Boss 6' and also co-hosted ˜Lo show dei record', an Italian TV show, along with Teo Mammucari.
Standing at 8 ft 3 in tall, this Turkish farmer broke the Guinness World Record for the tallest living man.
Mother of Caylee Anthony who was charged with first-degree murder for the death of her daughter. After a highly-publicized and controversial trial, she was found not guilty.
Baptiste Monnet was born on 19 February 1994, in Ang Thong, Thailand. He grew up in Châteauneuf-Conthey, a village which is located near Sion un the canton of Valais in Switzerland. Monnet was abandoned by his biological parents at birth. While he was doomed to certain death, a good soul picked him up and took him to Ang Thong Hospital. He received first aid as soon as he arrived and that is how he survived. He stayed at this establishment for three months and then was hosted at the Phayathai Children's House in Bangkok. It was then that he was named Master Oh Klaitanode. He a Swiss entrepreneur and personal coach. Baptiste is the founder of Boost Mind, a platform with the main aim of boosting the minds of others. The Boost Mind platform has a community of a large number of people who are active in their daily lives and it is aimed at sharing other beliefs, ideas, and other facts.
Building her social media career and trying to become a model for any brands but also trying to be able to do fulfill her college graduation/high school for pharmacy technician.
Canadian student who disappeared in 2013 at the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. A video filmed in a hotel elevator before she vanished went viral. Her body was found found in a water tank on the hotel's roof 19 days after she was reported missing.
Professional poker player who became a celebrity in the gambling world for becoming the runner-up in the 2004 World Series of Poker.
Political activist and historical figure who is known for having been one of the wrongly convicted kids from the Central Park Five case in New York. He gained further attention in 2019 when his life story was adapted as part of the Netflix original series When They See Us.
Gained social media fame as the assistant of legendary R&B singer <a title='Toni Braxton' href='/famous/toni-braxton.htm'>Toni Braxton</a>. He has appeared alongside her on We TV's Braxton Family Values.
Englishman who served as the race engineer for <a title='Felipe Massa' href='/famous/felipe-massa.htm'>Felipe Massa</a> at Ferrari for eight years. He later became the Head of Vehicle Performance for the Williams Martini Racing Formula One team.
Known as The Boy Who Lived, he was misdiagnosed with the flu when in fact he had appendicitis at the age of 4. He claims to have seen Jesus in Heaven before returning to Earth.