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How Teddy Roosevelt Ended up With Abe Lincoln’s Hair

John Hay, Lincoln’s private secretary and assistant, was as devastated as the rest of the nation when his friend was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth in 1865. He wanted a memento to remember Lincoln by and paid $100 for six strands of hair removed from the President’s head during his autopsy. He later had one [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About John Foster Dulles

Today would have been John Foster Dulles’ 123rd birthday. To honor this key figure of the early Cold War, let’s take a look at five things you might not know about the diplomat who served as Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Secretary of State and lent his name to a major airport in Washington. 1. He Got [...]

Company Forgets Court Date, Loses $1.26 Billion in Default Judgment

A legal secretary at PepsiCo forgot to deal with a lawsuit notice that came across her desk. Consequently, PepsiCo’s lawyers did not show up to court when expected. The presiding judge summarily handed down a $1.26 billion judgment against the corporation. Lynne Marek writes in The National Law Journal: In court papers, PepsiCo claims it first [...]