The toughest doctor

Leonid Rogozov (1934-2000) was a Russian general practitioner who participated in a Soviet expedition in Antarctica in 1960. In April of 1961, he began to feel unwell and eventually came to the conclusion that he had an inflammation in his appendix.

London’s polar bear

The tower of London -which is actually more a castle than just a tower- is one of London’s most famous landmarks. Built in 1078, it would quickly also become a sort of mini-zoo for the Kings.

Bad idea: Napoleon invades Russia

In 1812, the French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was informed that the Russians might plan an attack. He then mobilized more than 450,000 men for his “Grande Armée” and marched towards Russia.

From child prodigy to madman

Robert James “Bobby” Fischer (1943 – 2008) was an American chess player, also famous for his eccentrics later in life. When he was only 13 years old, he managed to beat Donald Byrne, who was one of the best players in the country at that time.