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Amancio Ortega, the Spanish self-made man

Spanish billionaire businessman Amancio Ortega Gaona was born on March 28th, 1936 as the youngest of four children in the small village of Busdongo de...

130 years ago, the Trans–Siberian Railway project was announced

On March 9th, 1891, the Imperial Russian government under Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894) issued a rescript in which it announced its intention to construct what became...

Agatha Christie, Queen of Crime and Mystery

World-famous English mystery author and playwright Agatha Christie, creator of the fictional detectives Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, with more than two billion copies...

American broadcaster William Joyce, staunch supporter of National Socialist Germany

William Joyce, an American anti-British propaganda broadcaster of Irish descent who had taken German citizenship during World War II, was hanged on January 3rd,...

Oswald Mosley, the Brit whose wedding Adolf Hitler attended

Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet, the English politician of noble descent disillusioned with mainstream politics who became the leader of the British Union...

Some facts and thoughts about the UN on its 75th birthday

On October 24th, 1945, shortly after the end of World War II, the United Nations (UN) were founded in San Francisco as the successor...

The Battle of Dakar, an embarrassing defeat for de Gaulle

After their devastating surprise attack on the unprepared French Navy anchored in Mers-el-Kébir near Oran on July 3rd, 1940, for September 23rd of that...

First Western war correspondent died in China in 1860

Thomas William Bowlby, British pioneer of war reportage, died on September 22nd, 1860 in Tongzhou, which is now a district of the vastly expanded...

160 years ago, the road to Peking was opened up by force

The Battle of Baliqiao between Anglo-French and Chinese forces on the morning of September 21st, 1860 was the culmination of the Second Opium War...

Bashar al-Assad, a well-educated autocrat

Bashar al-Assad, the second son of former Syrian ruler Hafez al-Assad (1930-2000) and his wife Anisa Makhlouf (1930-2016), who took over the presidency of...

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