Singapore was the only country that gained independence against its own will

…964, racial riots broke out. To prevent further bloodshed, Singapore was expelled from Malaysia on 7 August 1965 by a unanimous vote of the Parliament of Malaysia. Lee Kuan Yew tearfully announced Singapore’s sovereignty and independence by saying: “For me, it is a moment of anguish. All my life, my whole adult life, I have believed in merger and unity of the two territories.” On that day Singapore became the only nation in modern…

Disneyland in 2007 had closed the “It’s a Small World” for renovations because heavy people always got stuck

Disneyland was dealing with the problem of bottoming-out boats. Heavier-than-anticipated loads have been causing the boats to come to a standstill in two different spots. “If these boats get stuck . . . they have to send someone back in there to lighten the load on the boat. They’ve even built a platform next to that curve because they’ve had so many problems.” said Lutz, who has been on the ride when a guest or two was…

Top knowledge centers of the world that were tragically destroyed

…time the Civil War broke out, it had one of the largest collections of books in the country. It also was famed for its legendary party culture, which saw some of the greatest student debauchery of the young United States. It got bad in 1860 and the University leadership successfully appealed to the government to have the University changed to a military school, similar to West Point. This ultimately doomed the school, as it was targeted by Union…

The most spiritual events and legends of 19th century

…glass, but the illusion vanished. “On lying down again, I saw it a second time — plainer, if possible, than before; and then I noticed that one of the faces was a little paler, say five shades, than the other. I got up and the thing melted away, and I went off and, in the excitement of the hour, forgot all about it — nearly, but not quite, for the thing would once in a while come up, and give me a little pang, as though…

Remembering Nelson Mandela

…African nationalist leaders in Ethiopia and undergoing guerrilla training in Algeria. Upon his return, he was arrested and sentenced to five years in prison for leaving the country and inciting a 1961 workers’ strike. Things got even worse after a police raid in July 1962 of an ANC hideout in the Johannesburg suburb of Rivonia found evidence implicating Mandela and other activists in the planning of a guerrilla uprising against the government….

Churchill and Stalin made ‘merry’ until early hours

…innumerable bottles”. The mood was “merry as a marriage-bell” although Churchill was “complaining of a slight headache” by 1am. The letter adds: “The two great men really made contact and got on terms.” Permanent under-secretary at the Foreign Office, writes: “Conditions have been established in which messages exchanged between the two will mean twice as much, or more, than they did before.”…

Niccolo Paganini was great violin virtuoso that many thought he was the Son of the Devil

…n Paganini would not hesitate to use this devise on purpose to further entrance his audience. Often he would use worn strings so that he could complete his performance on three or even two strings when they snapped. Later he got the idea to write entire pieces for a single string, such as the Fantasia on the G String. In 1831, he arrived to Paris. In Paris, there was a study made of him because his unusual appearance created an abnormal…