Making Bill Gates look poor

American oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller (1839-1937) was rich. Really rich! By the time of his death his assets equaled 1.5% of the United States total economic output. In todays money, his net worth would be around $340 billion. This means he was roughly 4 times richer than Bill Gates ever was. Standard Oil wells near Pawee, Oklahoma (Source ENERGY.GOV …

Why the Korean War should be named the useless Chinese-American War

In history, names of wars and eras can be downright confusing. Or in this case misleading. The Korean War which was fought during the “Cold War” is a main example. There was nothing “cold” about 2 million lives lost in a 3 year period between 1950 and 1953. This was a hot war in the cold war era. And although …

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 …

The treaty of Versailles a.k.a. Screw you Germany!

“This is not peace. It is an armistice for 20 years.” Those were the words of Ferdinand Foch in 1919, as he was talking about the Treaty of Versailles. The Frenchman Foch was the supreme allied commander in the First war, when the British Empire, France, the United States and others were fighting Germany and her allies from 1914 through …