Time Magazine Person of the Year.

Here are just some examples of people who were awarded the title “person of the year” by Time magazine. As you can see that doesn’t always equate of having a positive impact in the world. Above : Pierre Laval, Man of the Year | Jan. 4, 1932. Had been a FrEnch politician and had heldContinue reading “Time Magazine Person of the Year.”

Vienna 1913-Café Central

Vienna in 1913 was a vibrant cultural city. It was one of Europe’s power houses.Needless to say it attracted people from all over the continent and indeed the world. Not was it only known for its musical heritage it was also known for its many fine coffee houses. today Viennese coffee is still enjoyed byContinue reading “Vienna 1913-Café Central”

When Stalin wanted to kill John Wayne

No this is not the title of a movie, but why this never was turned into a movie is beyond me. Joseph Stalin wanted John Wayne gone so badly he sent two men to pose as FBI agents to take him down.It might come as a surprise that Joseph Stalin, Soviet dictator, man of steel,Continue reading “When Stalin wanted to kill John Wayne”

Nikolai Vavilov and the forgotten tragedy of the Siege of Leningrad.

What would you to do save something your passionate about but is not necessarily essential to your own existence.Would you sacrifice your life? 9 scientists of the Leningrad seed bank did. After the Civil War had ended, Russia experienced a terrible famine between 1921 and 1922. Devastated by drought, the country produced a wheat-harvest halfContinue reading “Nikolai Vavilov and the forgotten tragedy of the Siege of Leningrad.”

Happy Birthday Mr Stalin

Don’t worry this is not a blog honouring Joseph Stalin, it is however looking at the relations between Adolf Hitler, and Joseph Stalin on Stalin’s 60th and 61st birthsay. On December 18 1939 Joseph Stalin received 2 telegrams from the Nazi leadership for his 60th Birthday, One from Hitler another on from Joachim von Ribbentrop,Continue reading “Happy Birthday Mr Stalin”

Vasily Blokhin-Stalin’s butcher

Born to a Russian peasant family in 1895, as a young man he quickly earned a reputation for “chernaya rabota”, or “black work”, while serving in the Tsarist army during World War I- gaining recognition from Stalin himself for his covert assassinations, torture, and executions. Blokhin quickly rose through the ranks of Russia’s secret policeContinue reading “Vasily Blokhin-Stalin’s butcher”

The death of Yakov Dzhugashvili-Stalin’s oldest son.

Everyone knows Joseph Stalin, but most aren’t familiar with his familial life, particularly his eldest son, Yakov. The tumultuous relationship between father and son created a story that spanned a difficult youth, the German invasion of the Soviet Union and a Nazi concentration camp. Yakov was born to Stalin’s first wife, in 1907. He wasContinue reading “The death of Yakov Dzhugashvili-Stalin’s oldest son.”

Freaky Coincidences

Lincoln and JFK.   – Lincoln’s name has 7 letters – Kennedy’s name has 7 letters – Lincoln was elected to Congress in 1846 – Kennedy was elected to Congress in 1946 – Lincoln was elected president in 1860 – Kennedy was elected president in 1960 – Lincoln was succeeded, after assassination, by vice-president Johnson – Kennedy was succeeded, after assassination, by vice-presidentContinue reading “Freaky Coincidences”