On June 7, 1899, anti-alcohol crusader Carrie Nation begins her campaign of vandalizing establishments that serve liquor by using rocks to smash the inventory of a saloon in Kiowa, Kansas. After that, she becomes famous for marching into bars and destroying fixtures and stock with a hatchet while singing and praying. She is arrested about 30 times for these ‘hatchetations’ between 1900 and 1910, and pays her jail fines from lecture-tour fees and sales of souvenir hatchets. (Photo: Carrie Nation with her hatchet in 1910.)
From a refugee camp to the US Congress, the first Somali-American elected to a state legislature is ready to make history again. Ilhan Omar first came to national attention two years go when she was chosen to represent Minneapolis, a city in the upper Midwestern state of Minnesota. Now the Muslim mother of three is running for a seat in the US Congress. She is looking to replace Keith Ellison — who is leaving to run for Minnesota attorney general. He’s a liberal Democrat and the first Muslim elected to Congress.