Biography.com's "Week in Review" highlights interesting people who've made the news this past week—thanks to their endeavors, big ideas, triumphs, importance in history, or magnanimous gaffes. While there were many people to choose from this week, here are our top picks that made us either raise an eyebrow, roll our eyes, shed a tear, or just gave us a good chuckle.
Doctor's Notes: Report Found of First Doc on the Scene When Abraham Lincoln Was Shot
The National Archives recently uncovered a 147-year-old report written by Dr. Charles Leale, who documented the moment-by-moment events the night of April 1865 when Abraham Lincoln was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth. A mere 23-year-old army surgeon, Dr. Leale was the first doctor to reach Lincoln when he was shot at Ford's Theater. "I commenced to examine his head (as no wound near the shoulder was found) and soon passed my fingers over a large firm clot of blood situated about one inch below the superior curved line of the occipital bone," he reported. "The coagula I easily removed and passed the little finger of my left hand through the perfectly smooth opening made by the ball." Although Leale's report didn't add any new information to the historical event, according to Daniel Stowell, director of the Papers of Abraham Lincoln, it's "the first draft" of what happened during Lincoln's assassination. Stowell also noted how remarkably clinical the report was—without emotion, just stating the facts. Decades later, however, Leale revealed the profound impact that fateful night had on him in a speech he gave to honor the President's 100th birthday in 1909. "I then heard cries that the 'President had been murdered,' which were followed by those of 'Kill the murderer' 'Shoot him' etc. which came from different parts of the audience," Leale wrote. "I immediately ran to the Presidents box and as soon as the door was opened was admitted and introduced to Mrs. Lincoln when she exclaimed several times, 'O Doctor, do what you can for him, do what you can!'" Source: Atlanta-Journal Constitution
Janet Jackson Reveals Her Gender Principle in New Documentary
Janet Jackson has kicked off Pride Month in a big way. Besides busily losing the L-Bs as NutriSystem's spokesperson, Jackson has just announced that she'll be executive producing a transgender documentary called Truth, which will follow the lives of transgender people all around the world. Directed by Robert Jason, the doc plans on having Jackson play a big role in the project. "All people are very important to me. I've been fortunate to make friends and learn about very different lives," Jackson, 46, told MTV News. "Truth is our small chance to ask that you try and understand someone who lives their life in a way that is a little bit different from yours, even though all of our hearts are the same. We want to stop the hate and find understanding." We sense a new transgender icon might be in the works—and that's Janet-Miss Jackson-If-You're-Nasty. Feeling Alienated: Ridley Scott Releases the Alien Prequel Prometheus
Calling all Alien fans: Ridley Scott has resurrected himself in the sci-fi genre with today's release of the anticipated summer blockbuster Prometheus. This is a big deal for Scott, considering he hasn't dipped into sci-fi in 30 years, with the exception of his well-crafted Blade Runner.) The new flick, which stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, and Charlize Theron, is set in 2089 with the crew searching for life's origins on Earth—beginning with cosmological and theological ruminations and then eventually giving way to our much-desired need to see acid and slime, face hugging aliens, and mutilated androids. Since it's Ridley at the helm, we're feeling hopeful that this new dystopia will be a stomach-popping good time.
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A Taxing Situation: Lauryn Hill Needs to Pay the IRS
Lauryn Hill has been making us scratch our heads for years with her disappearing act in the mainstream music world, but apparently, she's been absent in other areas of her life: According to the IRS, Hill was killing it softly by not paying taxes from 2005 - 2007, at which time she raked in $1.8 million, mostly from film and recording royalties. If she doesn't amend the situation, she could face up to a year in jail and a $100K fine. Sounds like a great opportunity for Hill to jump back into the recording studio and bank on some new hits. Miseducate us again, Lauryn! Source: Reuters