Yesterday, in 1904, pyschologist B.F. Skinner was born. His contribution to the world? This pigeon-guided missile system, among other things. Yes, really.
When Walt Disney was building Disneyland's Haunted Mansion ride in the 1960s, he rejected a proposed portrait of the almost unkillable Russian mystic Grigori Rasputin. How come? He was afraid of lawsuits from Rasputin's relations.