Remembering Nelson Mandela

…rial for sabotage, treason and violent conspiracy captured the attention of the world, Mandela and seven other defendants avoided the gallows but were sentenced to life imprisonment. Mandela spent 18 of the 27 years of his imprisonment at the notorious Robben Island Prison, a former leper colony off the coast of Cape Town. During his time there, he endured hard labor in a lime quarry, inadequate rations and inhumane punishment for even the…

The Last Guillotine Execution was in 1977!

In 1977, the last execution by guillotine took place in Marseilles Baumettes Prison, France, when the murderer Hamida Djandoubi was beheaded. In 1973, a 21-year-old Elisabeth Bousquet, whom Djandoubi had met in the hospital while recovering from his amputation, filed a complaint against him, stating that he had tried to force her into prostitution. He had been convicted of the torture and murder of 21-year-old Elisabeth Bousquet, his former…

The “Most Prolific Executioner” personally executed 7000 people in 28 days

…room that was equipped with soundproofed walls, a drain, a hose, and a door or hatch- it was a room designed for executions. Forced to their knees, a member of the Kommandatura would deliver a single shot to the back of the prisoners’ heads, killing them instantly. Their bodies would be dragged through the second door or hatch in the ceiling, the room would be hosed down, and the next prisoner would be brought in. Blokhin favoured the Walther…

Richard Nixon attempted to deport John Lennon

…nor conviction for cannabis possession in London had made him ineligible for admission to the United States. Lennon spent the next three and a half years in and out of deportation hearings until on 8 October 1975. On 23 March 1973, Lennon was ordered to leave the US within 60 days. Nixon’s involvement in a political scandal came to light, and in June the Watergate hearings began in Washington, DC. They led to the president’s…

The Great Depression facts that you did not realized

…guests if they needed a room for sleeping or jumping. One American sheep farmer found that he would not make money off of his sheep during the depression. Rather than watch his 3,000 sheep starve to death, he cut their throats and threw them in a canyon. Some people who became homeless would ride on railroad cars because they didn’t have money to travel. Some famous men who rode the rails were William O. Douglas (1898-1980), U.S. Supreme Court

Amazing Celtic artefacts

…at this was a copy of the ships being used at the time. At almost 7 inches long, it could almost be considered an elaborate toy. It comes with oars, benches, oarlocks, and a selection of tiny maritime tools including: a mast yard, a steering oar, a grappling iron, and squared oars. It is believed that this boat was buried as a gift to the Celtic sea god, to allow for safe passage to mainland Europe. Whoever dedicated this model must have had…

Execution of a German Communist

…force of about 30,000 men, entered Munich and defeated the communists after bitter street fighting in which over 1,000 supporters of the government were killed. About 700 men and women were arrested and summarily executed by the victorious Freikorps troops. Leviné was condemned to death for treason, and was shot by a firing squad in Stadelheim Prison. Source>…

Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender

…Gen. Douglas MacArthur accepts Japanese surrender, USS Missouri, Tokyo Bay, September 2, 1945. Behind MacArthur are Generals Wainwright and Percival, the officers who had respectively surrendered the Philippines and Singapore to the Japanese. Both had been plucked out of Japanese prison camps at the armistice and flown in to be present at the ceremony. Color footage of the occasion: Carrier plane flyover at the ceremony:…