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Photo Illustration by Sean Parson. Photographs courtesy of Chronicle / Alamy Stock Photo (ambulance); courtesy of Denver Public Library / Western Digital Collections (Molly Brown).

Molly Brown Would Have Turned 150 This Year

Yes, the Titanic icon is no longer with us, but we're surprised she lived as long as she did. We detail some of her other death-defying moments.

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When the Titanic collided with a massive iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean in April 1912, Colorado’s Margaret “Molly” Brown had no intention of getting off the sinking vessel. But the Denver philanthropist didn’t have a choice. A crew member picked her up and unceremoniously plunked her into lifeboat number six—a fortunate turn for the 24 other passengers in the lifeboat, who, on Brown’s orders, kept rowing and thus stayed warm and alive through the night. It wasn’t the first time Brown had dodged the Grim Reaper, nor would it be the last. “Unsinkable” Brown escaped fires, typhoons, and home invaders before dying quietly in her sleep at 65. In honor of what would have been her 150th birthday (the Molly Brown House Museum is throwing a bash on July 16), we highlight some of the local legend’s near-, and nearish-, death moments.

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