When the head of East German State Security humiliated himself

During the cold war,  Germany was split into a flourishing democratic West Germany and a struggling communist East Germany. The East German Ministry for State Security (also known as “Stasi”) was chillingly effective in keeping its citizens in line.

Boris of Bulgaria blinds his son

Boris I of Bulgaria (Died 907) was born into a time when Bulgaria was one of the most dominant countries in Europe with a territory encompassing modern day Bulgaria, Macedonia, Serbia, Hungary, Romania and Albania. Possibly due to a vision or for shrewd political reasons, King Boris converted to Christianity.

The Attempt to Assassinate Teddy Roosevelt

In 1912, while in Wisconsin on the campaign trail, former US president Teddy Roosevelt (1858-1919) was shot in the chest by John Schrank in an attempted assassination.

Built by slave-labor: St. Petersburg

Peter the Great (1672-1725) wanted to build a city that he could make the capital of the Russian Empire. In 1703, he captured the Swedish fortress Nyenskans, which he rebuilt into St. Petersburg.