The character of Dracula is based off of the infamous ruler, Vlad the Impaler, whose full name was Vlad III Dracula. Benjamin Franklin once almost started a skirmish between England and France using anonymous letters to a newspaper, purely because he was bored at the time. "Mary Had a Little Lamb" was based on a real girl whose lamb followed her to school. Her name was Mary Sawyer. Radium used to be a popular ingredient in cosmetic products. It went as badly as you might expect. The Olympic Games held competitions for literature, architecture, sculpture, painting, and music from 1912 to 1948. During the Spanish Civil War, nationalist forces attempted to air drop supplies to besieged allies using turkeys in place of parachutes. It didn't go great.