Historical Hell Raisers

One hundred and fifty-five years ago today, Southern abolitionist John Brown stormed a federal arsenal in Harpers Ferry, Virginia, to obtain weapons for a slave uprising. He joins a cadre of other hell raisers in American history.

George Washington

George Washington was a leader of the Continental Army in the American Revolution, and was the first to become U.S. president.
  • General,
  • U.S. President
  • (1732–1799)

Edgar Allan Poe

American writer, critic and editor Edgar Allan Poe is famous for his tales and poems of horror and mystery, including The Raven.
  • Writer
  • (1809–1849)

Marie Curie

Marie Curie was a Polish-born French physicist famous for her work on radioactivity and twice a winner of the Nobel Prize.
  • Physicist
  • (1867–1934)

Joan Rivers

Comedian and actress Joan Rivers is known for appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, creating a Grammy Award-nominated comedy album and launching a syndicated daytime talk show, among various other projects.
  • Actress,
  • Talk Show Host,
  • Reality Television Star,
  • Comedian
  • (1933–2014)

Pablo Picasso

Spanish expatriate Pablo Picasso was one of the greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century, as well as the co-creator of Cubism.
  • Painter
  • (1881–1973)

Miles Davis

Nine-time Grammy Award winner Miles Davis was a major force in the jazz world, as both a trumpet player and a bandleader.
  • Trumpet Player,
  • Songwriter
  • (1926–1991)

Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a teen writer who went into hiding during the Holocaust, journaling her experiences in the renowned work The Diary of Anne Frank.
  • (1929–1945)

Benjamin Harrison

Benjamin Harrison is best known as the 23rd president of the United States. He was the grandson of President William Henry Harrison.
  • U.S. President
  • (1833–1901)

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