Igor Sikorsky: Helicopter man

Igor Sikorsky (1889-1972) was a Russian-American, born in Kiev (Russian Empire then, today Ukraine).  At age 19, he was set to become a regular engineer, but when he heard about the Wright Brothers first mobilized flight, he became obsessed with building airplanes. Only 3 years later, aged 22, he became Chief Engineer of the aircraft division for the Russian Baltic Railroad Car Works and …

Silent Calvin Coolidge

US president Calvin Coolidge (1872-1933) was a man who was easily underestimated. Despite being a very good public speaker, he was a very quiet man in his private life. In fact, he was so private that he had the nickname “Silent Cal”. At a dinner reception, he was once told by another guest that she made a bet with a …

Whisky was once used as currency

During the American revolution in the 1760s, whisky was one of the most sought after consumer goods on the continent. Due to the politically unstable and uncertain environment, many people chose bottles of whisky as their currency. In fact, many farmers would make their own whisky out of their corn and then trade it for other goods. George Washington (1732-1799), …