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Brewer's: Catharine Wheel

(A). A sort of firework. (See below.) Catharine Wheels To turn Catharine Wheels. To turn head over heels on the hands. Boys in the streets, etc., often do so to catch a penny or so from tr…

Brewer's: Catharine Theot

(1725-1795). A visionary born at Avranches, who gave herself out to be (like Joanna Southcott) the mother of God, and changed her name Theot into Theos (God). She preached in Paris in 1794…

Brewer's: Catharine

To braid St. Catharine's tresses. To live a virgin. “Thou art too fair to be left to braid St. Catharine's tresses” Longfellow Evangeline. Catharine (Knights of St), 1714. A R…

Brewer's: Catharine of Russia

A sutler. When Czar Peter wished to marry her, it was needful to make her of noble birth; so a private person was first converted into her brother, and then into a great lord by birth. Henc…

Kyra Sedgwick

Kyra Sedgwick plays Brenda Johnson, the homicide cop with a Southern accent and a penchant for cajoling confessions, in the TV series The Closer. Sedgwick has worked steadily as film and theater actr…

Theodore SEDGWICK

Senate Years of Service: 1796-1799Party: FederalistSEDGWICK, Theodore, a Delegate, a Representative, and a Senator from Massachusetts; born in West Hartford, Conn., May 9, 1746; attended Yale C…

Black Maria

The Question: What's a Black Maria? The Answer: A "black maria" is a slang term for a police wagon. How did it get this name? We don't know. But…

Maria Shriver

Maria Shriver is a veteran TV news reporter, former First Lady of California, and a member of the prominent Kennedy family. (She's the daughter of Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Sargent Shriver, the niec…

Maria Montessori

In 1894 Maria Montessori became the first woman physician in Italy. Her interest in children and education led her to open a children's school in 1907 in the slums outside Rome. Montessori put into pr…

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova was only 17 when she won the 2004 edition of the prestigious Wimbledon tennis tournament. By 2012 she had won all four major tournaments and was one of the sport's global superstars. …