Browsing: May 7

A Brief History On May 7, 2018, while the latest movie in the Marvel Comics Universe, Avengers: Infinity War, is breaking box office records, we stop to ask about the main premise of the film, the arch villain Thanos and his plan to reduce life in the Universe by half in order to prevent an overpopulation catastrophe. Our question is, “Has anyone tried this plan in real life?”  In 1968, Paul and Anne Ehrlich published a book titled, The Population Bomb, a dire warning about the catastrophic consequences of overpopulation of people on Earth.  So far, those predictions have not…

A Brief History On May 7, 1937, while Europe watched the prelude to World War II develop during the Spanish Civil War, the German “volunteer” Condor Legion was deployed with the Heinkel He-51 biplane fighter, an anachronism already obsolete when it was built. More like a relic of World War I, that is exactly the opposition the He-51 first had in the Nieuport biplane fighters flown by the Spanish Republican Air Force. Digging Deeper Monoplanes and all metal planes were definitely not unknown when the He-51 made its combat debut, but the older fabric covered fuselage and wings, upper and…

A Brief History On May 7, 2004, American inventor and businessman Nicholas Berg, only 26 years old, was beheaded by Islamic terrorists in Iraq. Digging Deeper Nick Berg the inventor of a construction brick he called “Bovl Block” and owner of a construction company. Traveling overseas to teach poor countries how to make his bricks so they could erect buildings without using much steel, Nick found himself in Iraq where the United States had deposed Saddam Hussein and was attempting to restore order and help rebuild the country. Taken into custody by Iraqi forces at a checkpoint on March 4,…

A Brief History On May 7, 1429, Joan of Arc, The Maid of Orleans, pulled an arrow out of her own shoulder and went back to fighting, leading the final charge that lifted the Siege of Orleans. Some warriors are like that, they get wounded and care more about getting the job done than taking care of themselves. Almost all of US Medal of Honor winners qualify in this way, but we would like to present a variety of special warriors from various times and places. Here we list 10 such brave fighters. Who would you nominate to this role…

A Brief History On May 7, 1999, the United States accidentally killed 3 Chinese embassy employees and wounded 20 more when a NATO jet mistakenly bombed the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, Yugoslavia. Since explosives have been used in warfare, people have accidentally blown up the wrong target, often killing unintended victims. Here are 10 of these more interesting cases (there are many, many cases indeed). Which incidents would you include? Were all of these actually mistakes? (Note: While Pope Francis dropped an accidental “F-bomb” in March of 2014, those kind of bombs do not count!) Digging Deeper 10. Iraq Suicide…