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.
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).
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.