Browsing: April

A Brief History On April 30, 1993, tennis star Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by a “fan” obsessed with rival women’s tennis star Stefi Graf.  Seles was absent from pro tennis for 2 years after the attack, and despite being only 20 years old at the time of the attack never regained her championship form (formerly #1 in the world).  We used this horrible incident to start our article “10 Bizarre Injuries to Athletes” back in 2014, and today we take a look at another 10 such bizarre injuries to athletes. Digging Deeper 1. Kirby Puckett, Baseball. In…

A Brief History On April 29, 1945, deep below the streets of Berlin in his “Führerbunker,” German Führer Adolf Hitler, beleaguered and possibly the most despised man in the world, married his long time mistress Eva Braun and designated Admiral Karl Dönitz as his successor to lead the Third Reich, what Germany had labeled its current government.  With the Soviet “Red” Army knocking on his door, Hitler knew the time had come that he and his dream of a greater Germany was coming to an end, and he was to kill himself the next day.  Still, his vanity did not…

A Brief History On April 28, 1996, a 28 year old that had inherited over half a million dollars went on a shooting rampage in Tasmania, killing 35 innocent people and earning 35 life in prison sentences when he was later convicted of the crimes.  Not surprisingly, the shooter was later found to have intellectual and/or mental/emotional problems. Digging Deeper Martin Bryant had inherited the money at the age of 25 in 1992, using it to go on trips all over the world, without establishing a career of any note.  Along the way, he also purchased an AR-10 type rifle,…

A Brief History On April 27, 1992, Betty Boothroyd made Women’s History by becoming the first woman elected as Speaker of the House of Commons of the United Kingdom, ending a 700 year run of a Men’s only club.  Merry Olde England (and the rest of the United Kingdom) beat Nancy Pelosi and the United States House of Representatives by a whopping 15 years in electing a woman to its top legislative post. (Nancy Pelosi, the current Speaker of the US House of Representatives, was the first and only female ever elected to that post when she took control of…

A Brief History On April 26, 2002, Erfurt, Germany, was the scene of a horrific mass murder when a 19 year old student that had been expelled from a high school shot and killed 16 people.  Killed in the massacre were 13 faculty and staff members, 2 students, and 1 police officer.  As we have said, the common refrain that “only in America” do school shootings (or other school related murders) or mass shootings occur is entirely false, as such incidents keep happening in other countries where “gun control” is far more strict than in the United States. Digging Deeper…

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