Frank Few, the lone survivor of the Goettge Patrol at Guadalcanal

In 1942 the Second World War was in full swing and Japanese forces had control over a vast area in the Pacific. Guadalcanal would become the scene of one of the most important battles of the entire war. On August 7, American Marines landed on the¬†island in the South-Eastern pacific and at first had it very easy, because the only …

The guy who shot down a plane while parachuting

  Caption: Owen J. Baggett (1920-2006) was a soldier of the United States Air Force. In 1943, in the middle of World War 2, his plane was severely damaged by Japanese fighter planes over Burma. The crew bailed out with parachutes. While Baggett was in mid-air, a Japanese fighter plane approached him. Baggett drew his M1911 pistol and fired straight …

The first Ironman Race

In 1977, after a regular marathon in O’ahu, Hawaii, a few participants started talking about how to create an even tougher race. Apparently a marathon was not enough of a challenge for them. And since Hawaii was already home to bike and swimming races, the group agreed to combine all three and create one of the toughest challenges in sports. …

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 …