9/11 hero Rick Rescorla

Rick Rescorla (1939-2001) was the British-American director of security at Morgan Stanley on Sept 11, 2001, when the World Trade Center was attacked. He is credited as being one of the few people who predicted a large scale terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

The Austrian who ruled French Mexico

In the 1860s, the French emperor Napoleon III (1808-1873) wanted to establish a foothold in the Americas. When Mexico was unstable enough, he managed to install a puppet regime in 1864.

Citadel of Qaitbay

The Citadel of Qaitbay is a still standing 15th century fortress on the Mediterranean coast in North Egypt. It was built in 1477 by Sultan Al-Ashraf Sayf al-Din Qa’it Bay on the exact site where the Lighthouse of Alexandria (one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World) once stood.

Ancient die-hard vegetarian: Pythagoras

Pythagoras (c 570 – 495 bc) was one of the most important mathematicians in Ancient Greece. Because most information about him was written down centuries after he died, it is unknown what is actual fact and what isn’t.