President for 15 minutes

In 1913, Francisco I. Madero was the president of Mexico. One man who helped him to power was Victoriano Huerta (1850-1916), an experienced general in the Mexican army. His final goal was to become president himself.

Julius Caesar gets kidnapped

When Julius Caesar (100BC-44BC) was a young man, he once sailed across the Aegean Sea. During this trip, he was captured by pirates, who immediately thought about asking for a ransom of 20 talents of silver (approximately $600’000 today).

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.

Cincinnatus: Reluctant dictator and honorable statesman

Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519–430 BC) was a Roman aristocrat and extremely able leader who lost almost all of his possessions due to his son’s serious crimes. He became a poor peasant farmer.