The Book of Lists: The Original Compendium of Curious by David Wallechinsky, Amy Wallace

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ROSA MALTONI MUSSOLINI (mother of BENITO MUSSOLINI, Italian dictator) Born in a small Italian village in 1858, Rosa Maltoni was known for her retiring and gentle disposition. While employed as a schoolteacher in the village of Dovia, she met and married the village blacksmith, Alessandro Mussolini. Benito, their first child, was constantly in trouble and the source of much anxiety to Rosa. ALIA GHANEM (mother of OSAMA BIN LADEN, terrorist leader of al-Qaeda) The daughter of a Syrian merchant, Alia Ghanem married Mohammed bin Laden, a prominent Saudi citizen of Yemeni origin, when she was 22 years old.

Kurt Cobain (1967–94), musician 38 25. River Phoenix (1970–93), actor 35 10 Men Who Cried In Public JESUS CHRIST, RELIGIOUS LEADER After Lazarus died, Jesus led his disciples to visit Lazarus’s sisters, Mary and Martha. BILL CLINTON, AMERICAN PRESIDENT On the morning of his inauguration, President Clinton and his family attended services at Washington’s Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal church. As the choir sang hymns, tears rolled down Clinton’s cheeks. Clinton teared up frequently as his years in office continued.

13 Mothers of Infamous Men AGRIPPINA, THE YOUNGER (mother of NERO, monstrous Roman emperor) Raised by her grandmother, Agrippina was accused of having had incestuous relations with her brother Caligula. Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus (later called Nero) was the product of her first marriage. She was believed to have poisoned her second husband before embarking upon a third marriage, which was to her uncle, Emperor Claudius I. She held such sway over Claudius that she convinced him to set aside his own son and make her son Nero heir to the throne.

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