Taliban destroyed ancient Buddha statues

Two ancient Buddha statues were destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, on orders from leader Mullah Mohammed Omar, after the Taliban government declared that they were idols. International opinion strongly condemned the destruction of the Buddhas, which was viewed as an example of the intolerance of the Taliban. Japan and Switzerland, among others, have pledged support for the rebuilding of the statues. Photojournalist David Adams filmed the…

Top knowledge centers of the world that were tragically destroyed

…lexandria, and he incited a mob to destroy it. Once again, this failed to totally destroy the library. This was repeated again when Islam spread and conquered the region under Caliph Omar, who again ordered pagan works to be destroyed. Historians still can’t agree which event destroyed the library for good. Glasney College The Cornish people of South Western England are a distinct group who, up until the 15th century, had their own language that…

Deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history

…barge ashore, and sent a 15-foot surge of water for miles. When the water receded it carried cars and people back into the fiery bay, by now a burning basin covered in oil. An estimated one thousand buildings were completely destroyed and countless others set on fire from the hurled debris. Citizens as far as 10 miles away were sent to their knees, even witnesses in Houston reported shattered windows. The shock wave from the explosion was so…

Remembering Nelson Mandela

…ustice in Africa and throughout the world. He also embraced the cause of awareness and treatment programs for AIDS, the disease that would claim the life of his son Makgatho in 2005. Mandela was treated for prostate cancer in 2001 and suffered from other ailments, including chronic lung problems caused by contracting tuberculosis during his 27-year imprisonment. He had scaled back his public appearances in recent years, prompting fears of his…

Top richest USA Presidents of all time

…an annual pension of $199,000. You are also entitled to Secret Service protection for life plus a $100,00 per year for staff, an office space and medical insurance. This last perk only existed for Presidents after 1958. Since 2001, The President is paid an annual salary of $400,000. He also has access to a $200,000 travel and entertainment expense account. Top 10 richest Presidents of all time (with adjusted inflation): George Washington – $525…

Allies discussed killing Rommel in run-up to D-Day landings

…isals”. It could result in a “wave of murderings which will probably last when we are in occupation of enemy territory” and he also doubted the aptitude of British forces for the task: “The Poles have destroyed a number of German officials, but they are specialists in this type of work and have had more than significant provocation. If assassination were easy, many statesmen and high officers would have come to a violent…

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin has an anti-graffiti chemical which was made by a company that was making gas for concentration camps

…produced the Zyklon B gas used to poison people in the gas chambers. A problem with excluding Degussa from the project was that many of the stelae had already been covered with Degussa’s product. These would have to be destroyed if another company were to be used instead. The resulting cost would be about €2.34 million. In the course of the discussions about what to do, which lasted until November 13, most of the Jewish organizations…

Chernobyl was operating till 21st century

In 1986, Ukraine’s Chernobyl plant suffered the worst nuclear accident in history when a power runaway event wrecked reactor 4, leading to a hydrogen explosion that destroyed the reactor building and exposed the core of the ruined reactor. Work on constructing two more RBMK 1000 units at the site came to an immediate halt. The three remaining reactors continued to operate for some years, reactor number 2 was shut down in 1991, unit 1 in…