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Jules Verne


8 February 1828 – 24 March 1905 (Aged 77)

Born in Nantes, France. Died in Amiens, France.

Verne was a famous prolific French author, most notably for his adventure odyssey, ‘Around the World in Eighty Days’.

He is the second most translated writer of all time.

Among the many innovations that Verne imagined years before their time, are the submarine, space travel, and deep-sea exploration.

Verne died suffering from diabetes at the age of 77.

Sarah E. Goode


1850/55? – 8 April 1905 (Age 50/55?)

Born in Toledo, Ohio. Died in Chicago, Illinois.

Sarah E. Goode, who was born into slavery, was the first African-American woman to receive a United States patent for her invention of a folding cabinet bed.

Goode died at the age of 50, but it is unknown how she died.

Mary Livermore

(Rights Activist)

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19 December 1820 – 23 May 1905

Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Died in Melrose, Massachusetts.

Mary Livermore was an American social reformer who devoted her life to women’s suffrage, serving as president of the American Woman Suffrage Association.  

Livermore helped organize the Great Fair of Chicago in 1863, raising nearly $100,000.  

She obtained the original draft of the Emancipation Proclamation from President Lincoln, which was sold for $3,000.