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Outstanding people have shaped the course of history with their knowledge and creative genius, and we still enjoy their greatness up to this day.

American Soldier: Sergeant Leonard Alfred Funk

It goes without saying that many gallant actions of war are often never recorded and lost to the passage of time as they are treated as simply what is required of men in combat. But if you are an American soldier, like First Sergeant Leonard A. Funk, who had already picked up a Silver Star and Distinguished Service Cross by 1945, you tend to stand out from the crowd. [...]

By | 2017-12-09T13:24:49+00:00 December 9th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Faust: German Necromancer and Astrologer

Faust, also called Faustus, or Doctor Faustus, the hero of one of the most durable legends in Western folklore and literature, the story of a German necromancer or astrologer who sells his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge and power. There was a historical Faust, indeed perhaps two, one of whom more than once alluded to the devil as his Schwager or crony. One or both died [...]

By | 2017-11-29T17:52:11+00:00 November 29th, 2017|Categories: Medieval, Public Figures|Tags: |0 Comments

Friedrich Nietzsche: German Philosopher and Composer

Influential German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is known for his writings on good and evil, the end of religion in modern society and the concept of a "super-man." “There are no facts, only interpretations.” —Friedrich Nietzsche Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche was born on October 15, 1844, in Röcken bei Lützen, Germany. In his brilliant but relatively brief career, he published numerous major works of philosophy, including Twilight of the Idols [...]

By | 2017-11-28T16:39:21+00:00 November 28th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

William E. Fairbairn: Chief Pioneer of Close Combat

In the early 1900’s, the city of Shanghai, China was easily one of the most violent and dangerous cities in the world. Gangs and opium dealers ran the show and they would do whatever was necessary to thrive and survive. The gangsters of Shanghai were reputed to be extremely ruthless, handing out muggings, beatings, armed robberies, kidnappings and murders on a daily basis. They used strong-arm tactics to coerce [...]

By | 2017-11-24T07:27:03+00:00 November 24th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Ferdinand Porsche: Founder of Porsche Car Company.

Ferdinand Porsche founded the Porsche car company in 1931. In the early 1920s, he oversaw the development of the Mercedes compressor car and later developed the first designs of the Volkswagen car with his son, Ferdinand Anton Ernst Porsche. “I would have built it exactly the same, right down to the last screw.” —Ferdinand Porsche German automotive engineer Ferdinand Porsche was born on September 3, 1875, in Maffersdorf, Austria. [...]

By | 2017-11-11T09:33:23+00:00 November 11th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Golden State Serial Killer, Night Stalker

While not as well known as the Zodiac Killer or the Night Stalker, the Golden State Killer is one of California's creepy serial killers. Between 1976 and 1986, he committed at least 45 rapes, 12 murders, and 120 residential burglaries throughout California, and then disappeared without a trace. Who is the Golden State Killer? He preyed on women in their bedrooms, he was known to make disturbing phone calls [...]

By | 2017-11-07T08:21:17+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: Historical Events, Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Irma Grese: Blond Female SS Beast

The female guards at Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen and Ravensbrück are less well known than their male counterparts, but they were no less brutal. You don’t have to look too hard to find horrifying stories about Nazis. However, one of the craziest stories revolves around a woman that not many people are aware of: Irma Grese, an S.S. officer who was so evil and heinous that even other Nazis thought she [...]

By | 2017-11-01T07:09:51+00:00 November 1st, 2017|Categories: Public Figures, World War II|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Carl Panzram: The Most Sadistic Serial Killer

Carl Panzram — a tattooed, 6-foot-tall giant of a man with cold gray eyes — stowed away on a ship bound for Angola around 1920 to work as a merchant seaman. After arriving in Lobito Bay, he hired half-dozen local guides for a crocodile-hunting expedition. But Panzram had other prey on his mind. As their canoe wended its way down the river, he shot each crew member dead before [...]

By | 2017-10-30T12:06:30+00:00 October 30th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |1 Comment

Joseph Lozito: The Hero who Halted a Serial Hero

Joseph Lozito, the man being dubbed a hero for helping disarm and capture a New York man accused of going on a 28-hour stabbing spree, says that watching mixed martial arts fights for 20 years may have saved his life. Joseph Lozito used his leg to sweep Maksim Gelman off his feet when the accused killer lunged at him on a subway car with what Lozito described as a [...]

By | 2017-10-30T00:56:44+00:00 October 27th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , , |0 Comments

R. Budd Dwyer: Official Kills Himself Live

Robert Budd Dwyer (November 21, 1939 – January 22, 1987) was the 30th State Treasurer of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. He served from 1971 to 1981 as a Republican member of the Pennsylvania State Senate representing the state's 50th district. He then served as the 30th Treasurer of Pennsylvania from January 20, 1981, until his death. On January 22, 1987, Dwyer called a news conference in the Pennsylvania state [...]

By | 2017-12-01T09:08:37+00:00 October 25th, 2017|Categories: Public Figures|Tags: , |0 Comments

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