Napoleon thwarted by rabbits…

Napoleon Bonaparte’s most humiliating defeat came in July 1807. To celebrate a recent treaty between Prussia, France and Russia Napoleon suggested his Imperial Court have a rabbit hunt. His Chief-of-Staff Alexandre Berthier organised the occasion, with a lush, green field and a shipment containing hundreds of rabbits. Unfortunately the rabbits were tame and when NapoleonContinue reading “Napoleon thwarted by rabbits…”

Didn’t cost him an arm and a leg, but trousers and a beard instead…

The world’s first modern style “explosives-strapped-to-the-body” suicide bombing occurred at the courthouse of Murchison in 1905. Much of the population of the small New Zealand town were in attendance as the court tried to reach a settlement between two feuding farmers. Mr Walter Neame claimed his neighbour Mr Joseph Sewell had stolen his cow. WhileContinue reading “Didn’t cost him an arm and a leg, but trousers and a beard instead…”

The self paint fountain of Rome….

The Trevi Fountain in Rome has been visited by thousands of tourists over the last two centuries. According to legend if you toss a coin backwards over your shoulder into the fountain you will one day return to visit Rome. Starting in 1968 an unemployed man named Roberto Cercelletta would sneak out in the earlyContinue reading “The self paint fountain of Rome….”

When Boston smelt of toffee…

On Wednesday 15th January 1919 a tsunami hit Boston, Massachusetts. The wave was 4.5 metres high and swept through the streets at nearly 60 kilometres per hour. Buildings and vehicles were destroyed. People trying to flee were quickly overtaken and drowned. Final counts put the death toll at twenty-one. The wave was not sea waterContinue reading “When Boston smelt of toffee…”

Remembering heroes in history…

October 5th, 1920 – Meliton Kantaria was born, an ethnic Georgian Red Army soldier who hoistered the Red banner on Reichstag in Berlin in 1945 along with his comrades Yegorov and Berest – putting an end to the Third Reich. He fought since the Nazi invasion, was inured in 1942. During storming the Reichstag thereContinue reading “Remembering heroes in history…”