On this day: the death of Countess of Castiglione in 1899

Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (22 March 1837 – 28 November 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was born to an aristocratic family from La Spezia. She was a 19th-century Italian aristocrat who achieved n

On the 28th of November, 1899, Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione died, aged sixty-two.

Born on the 22nd of March, 1837 to an Italian aristocratic family, she was known for her beauty and for being the mistress of Emperor Napoleon III of France. She is also remembered for her contributions to the development of photography.

Contessa_di_Castiglione.Virginia Oldoini, Countess of Castiglione (22 March 1837 – 28 November 1899), better known as La Castiglione, was born to an aristocratic family from La Spezia.

Oldoini, who was known for her long, wavy blonde hair and changeable eyes, was photographed many hundreds of times. Many pictures did not feature her face as they were considered risqué for the time. For example the pictures that were taken of her bare legs and feet.

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She cut herself off from society as she got older, and refused to go outside except at night.

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On this day: the Farmington Mine disaster

Farmington-Mine-Disaster-smoke.jpgThe Farmington Mine disaster took place on the 20th of November, 1968, in West Virginia, USA.

The Farmington Mine disaster took place on the 20th of November, 1968, in West Virginia, USA.

At approximately 5:30am an explosion rocked the coal mine while ninety-nine miners were inside.

The Farmington Mine disaster took place on the 20th of November, 1968, in West Virginia, USA.

Miners being rescued.

Twelve miners were able to be rescued, but the other seventy-eight were trapped, and died. Nineteen bodies were never recovered.

The cause of the disaster was never discovered, and the mine was permanently sealed. Though the cause might not be known, the disaster led to reform in America’s mining industry.