Curiosities

24th February 1942 the Death of the Joint Fuehrer

Anton Drexler

Today we consider the curious case of Anton Drexler, the artist-mentor of Adolf Hitler and temporary Joint Führer, who died seventy-two years ago. Joint Führer? Surely not! Why, even the possibility of a world solipsist such as Hitler sharing the … Continue reading

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14th February 1779 The Death of Captain James Cook

Captain Cook

“Do just once what others say you can’t do, and you will never pay attention to their limitations again.” Whatever you may think about British colonial expansion, its impact and subsequent noxious effects, you have to admire the bravery, spirit … Continue reading

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20th July 1923 the Murder of Pancho Villa

Pancho Villa

Today we make note of the splendidly awful murder of that outrageous Mexican Revolutionary Pancho Villa ninety years ago, whose bulging-eyed corpse – exploded by nine fatal bullets – was left upside down hanging out of his trashed Dodge automobile, … Continue reading

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17th July 1946 the Execution of Draza Mihailovic

Draza Mihailovic: Fooled the Axis, fooled the Allies, but ultimately fooled himself

Today, we make brief note of the execution sixty-six years ago of the notorious Serbian Chetnik leader – General Dragoljub ‘Draža’ Mihailović – for war crimes and collaboration with the Nazis and Italians during the Second World War.  Rejected at the end … Continue reading

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1st December 1976 The Filth and the Fury

"You dirty fucker"

Today we recall the bizarre events of thirty-seven years ago, in which television presenter Bill Grundy – clearly ill-prepared for the motley posse sat before him, and possibly himself quite drunk – half-wittedly and quite inadvertently handed to the already notorious … Continue reading

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31st October 1961 Stalin’s Corpse Demoted

Worker Sweeping Snow From Stone Marking Josef Stalin's Grave

Fifty-two years ago today, the Soviet Union’s policy of de-Stalinisation reached its peak when the tyrant’s body was removed from Lenin’s tomb in Red Square and reburied about 300 feet from that mausoleum, among minor leaders of the Revolution. A … Continue reading

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26th September 1919 Nestor’s Counterattack

Nestor Makhno and the Black Army

Ninety-two years ago today, the inspirational anarchist leader Nestor Makhno –outrun, outnumbered and outmanoeuvred – led his Revolutionary Insurrectionary Army of Ukraine (otherwise known as the Black Army) to the unlikeliest of victories over the anti-revolutionary and vastly superior White … Continue reading

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19th September 1952 America Banishes Charlie Chaplin

One of the 2060 pages of Charlie Chaplin’s FBI files

Today we recall the shameful expulsion from America of Charlie Chaplin – the great film-making pioneer and veritable icon – who, with his deft touch of comedy and pathos, brought enduring pleasure to the world and generated millions of dollars for … Continue reading

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12th September 1970 Timothy Leary Escapes

Timothy Leary

Today we remember Timothy Leary’s daring and ingenious highwire escape across the highway from his Californian jail. A middle-aged Harvard professor yet symbol of the psychedelic revolution, Leary was assisted to freedom by members of the righteous terrorist organisation, the … Continue reading

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25th August 1900 the Death of Friedrich Nietzsche

Elizabeth Niezsche

Who dares to celebrate the death in an insane asylum of this radical thinker, whose works – admittedly violated, even in places re-written, by his self-serving sister – contributed so much of demerit to the vile Nazi war machine of … Continue reading

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