Three Gandhis, three assassinations

In India, there have been 3 extremely influential leaders named Gandhi who have been shot within 43 years: Indian independence leader Mohandas “Mahatma” Gandhi in 1948, prime ministers Indira Gandhi in 1984 and her son Rajiv Gandhi (also prime minister) in 1991. We are not responsible for the contents of external links. Full disclaimer can be found here. Information sources: …

Tsunami Stud

In 2011, Japan was faced with a huge earthquake and the following devastating tsunami. Hideaki Akaiwa (b 1968) found out that his house (including his wife trapped in an air bubble) is below 3 meters (10 ft) of water.

133 days lost at sea

Poon Lim was a man of Chinese decent who served aboard a British merchant ship in 1942. The Second World War was in full swing  and his boat was attacked by German submarines. Poon Lim -not knowing how to swim- somehow got hold of a life jacket and a life raft. The raft had some basic supplies and water, but …

Skipping ranks: WW1 legend John Pershing

John Jack Pershing

John Jack Pershing (1860-1948) was the leading American general of the First World War (1914-1918). Unbeknownst to many, he had a huge break in 1906. He was directly promoted from Captain to Brigadier General by President Theodore Roosevelt. Fun fact: They were friends… Pershing not only skipped 3 ranks but also more than 800 other senior officers, who hoped for …