The average Union private in the American Civil War carried about this much weight while on the march
- 25 pounds
- 50 pounds
- 75 pounds
- 100 pounds
Today in History: Born on September 16
James J. Hill, railroad builder.
James Cash Penney, founder and owner of the J.C. Penny Company department stores.
Karen Horney, psychoanalyst who exposed the male bias in the Freudian analysis of women.
Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, biochemist who isolated vitamin C.
Charlie Byrd, jazz guitarist.
B.B. King, blues guitarist.
John Knowles, writer; won first-ever William Faulkner Foundation Award (A Separate Peace, 1961).
Peter Falk, actor, best known for his role as detective Columbo in the TV series of the same name.
James Alan McPherson, author; first African American to win Pulitzer Prize for fiction (Elbow Room, 1978).
Rosemary Casals, pro tennis player whose efforts to gain greater equality for women in the sport led to many changes.
Henry Louis Gates Jr., critic and scholar.
Mickey Rourke, actor, screenwriter, professional boxer; won Golden Globe (The Wrestler, 2009).
Earl Klugh, jazz guitarist.
David Copperfield, magician.