The Propaganda Miner

In the 1930s, some communist officials in the Soviet Union decided they needed heroes for their propaganda. Heroes that would show their people the value of hard work. Alexey Stakhanov (1906-1977) was the perfect man for the job.

How the Empire of Japan wanted to ignore the Allies

It’s the summer of 1945. The Second World War has been won in Europe but now the Allies were still battling against the uncompromising Empire of Japan. During the Potsdam Conference, the Allied Forces officially requested an unconditional surrender. The Allies clearly stated that if Japan did not surrender it would face “prompt and utter destruction”.

The Age of Pirates

A force to be reckoned with and an enduring symbol of adventure and freedom, Blackbeard only sailed the seas from 1713-1718. He began his most productive years after capturing a French slaver and renaming her Queen Anne’s Revenge.

The hunter who almost destroyed Australia

English settler Thomas Austin (1815-1871) chose to go to Australia. He was an avid hunter and imported a few rabbits from England. Then, one fateful day in 1859, he released 24 of them into the wild. He reportedly stated that “The introduction of a few rabbits could do little harm and might provide a touch of home, in addition to a …