The wife of President Theodore Roosevelt Alice died during childbirth on Valentines Day, 133 years ago. She was only 22 years old. President Roosevelt wrote in his diary, “The light has gone out of my life.” See pictures from Roosevelt’s pocket diary on the Library of Congress website.
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Wife Buried with Husband’s Heart
Excavation of the 17th-century burial of a French noblewoman, Louise de Quengo, Lady of Brefeillac, revealed that her sealed lead coffin included the embalmed heart of her husband. Louise de Quengo died in 1656 at the age of 65. Her body was preserved unusually well and her identity was confirmed through a detailed listing in the convent’s burial register. Inside of her casket, a small heart-shaped lead container contained the heart of her husband, Toussaint de Perrien, Knight of Brefeillac. He died seven years earlier than Louise and was buried 125 miles away. The discovery revealed not only a romantic gesture, but a scientific phenomenon. Learn more at National Geographic.
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