Great People In History Who Were Assassinated

Maybe, today, seeing state officials and other important people surrounded and heavily guarded by security forces might seem a bit unusual. Is it really a need for something like this? Surely, no one would be as foolish as to try to assassinate a president or a famous singer, right? That belief is as wrong as it gets, as proven by the situation of these great people in history whose public recognition only drew more ill intentions towards them.

#7 John Lennon

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As a founder and member of one of the greatest bands of all time, John Lennon was the very definition of a superstar. What was even more admirable about him was that he used his fame as a way to promote peace. Naturally, there were people who disagreed with the mentality promoted by the artist, with one of them going as far as to shoot Lennon four times right in front of his hotel. Killer Mark David didn’t fight his arrest, and he’s still behind bars today, though his reasoning is still highly unclear.

#6 Mahatma Gandhi

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There is no worse way to go for a peace activist than through the very thing he’s been fighting against. Gandhi was a beacon of hope in a world riddled by violence and dividing caused by religious differences. So, when he was gunned down by a student turned extreme activist, the whole world was in shock.

#5 John F. Kennedy

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JFK wasn’t the first American president to have been assassinated, but none of the previous tragedies have been so exposed to the eye of the public. Surrounded by hundreds of supporters and projected on televisions all over the country, John F. Kennedy’s death left a deep mark on the hearts of American citizens, which has yet to be healed.

#4 Julius Caesar

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Even though it sounds like an event that’s been taken right off the pages of a melodrama, the assassination of the Roman Emperor was a very real thing. Most importantly, it dramatically affected the entire empire, sending Rome into a spiral of chaos and betrayals that would knock the mighty city off its own axis. After all, if the Emperor wasn’t safe, being ultimately betrayed by his own son, then who was?

#3 Martin Luther King

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Just like in the case of Gandhi, King’s death was a huge blow for a wider mass, respectively for all the black people who were fighting for their freedom and the abolishing of racial discrimination. The mind behind the American Civil Rights Movement, King was a believer of equality who tragically met his end because of a gunshot. At the other end of the gun was a white man who was opposed to the movement promoted by Martin Luther King.

#2 Abraham Lincoln

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The American president’s famed assassination during his attendance at a theater play left a whole country, already ravaged by the aftermaths of the Civil War, mourning. He was fatally shot in the head by a Confederate spy, who turned against Lincoln because of his support towards the emancipation of African American people. Many believe that Lincoln’s death was the reason why the Civil War lasted for so long.

#1 Franz Ferdinand

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The Archduke of Austria was assassinated during a visit to Sarajevo, part of a Serbia that was, at the time, under the rule of Austria-Hungary. His was almost certainly the catalyst for the second biggest conflict in history, as only two months after his assassination, World War I was erupting. Although it was initially a dispute between Serbia and Austria-Hungary, the conflict led to a domino effect which resulted in formed alliances that clashed and tore the world apart.

World’s 10 Most Astonishing Natural Wonders

Over the course of billions of years, Earth has shaped up some astonishing sights that can’t be labeled as anything but “wonders.” These wonders are of many types, categorized by certain criteria. Even though humankind can definitely pride itself on being responsible for some truly incredible constructions, Mother Nature remains the best sculptor. Scattered all over the globe, the 10 World's Most Astonishing Natural Wonders are definitely destinations that anyone should have on their bucket list.

1. The Grand Canyon

Most Astonishing Natural Wonders - Grand Canyon

There isn’t one person that hasn’t heard about the Grand Canyon before. Not just Arizona’s trademark, it’s one of the most visited tourist attractions in the United States. With a length of 277 miles (446 km) and a width of 18 miles (29 km), this rocky landform gained its unique appearance as a result of millions of years during which the Colorado River has been digging its course through layers of stone. It was considered to be holy land by many Native American tribes, including the Pueblo people, who held pilgrimages in it.

2. The Great Barrier Reef

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Located in the Coral Sea near Queensland, Australia, the Great Barrier Reef is considered by CNN as one of the Seven Wonders of the World – for good reason, too. The coral reef can be seen from outer space, as it’s the biggest living organism structure on Earth. It became a World Heritage Site in 1981 and ever since numerous organizations are trying to protect it against climate change and coral bleaching. In 2012, it was revealed that the reef lost in the last thirty years more than half of its initial corals.

3. Mount Everest

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The tallest peak in the world is located in the heart of the Himalayan mountain system, bordering Nepal, Tibet, and China. It became the biggest dream of any professional climber. However, the dire conditions resulted from altitude take the lives of those that try to conquer it yearly. The first people to reach Everest’s top were Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay in 1953.

4. Auroras

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Auroras are nature’s best spectacle of lights. Caused by a reaction between solar waves and magnetic fields, they can be seen around the extreme poles of the Earth. Depending on their location, there are two types of auroras: aurora borealis (also known as the northern lights), and aurora australis (also known as the southern lights). The latter can be seen forming in areas such as Antarctica, New Zealand, and Australia. Moreover, Earth isn’t the only one that benefits from spectacular displays of light: other planets’ skies are also lit up by auroras.

5. Iguazu Falls

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A system of waterfalls positioned on the border between Argentina and Brazil, the Iguazu Falls are astonishing through their sheer massiveness. While most waterfalls average around 64 meters in length, the Iguazu Falls reach an impressive 700 meters. An old myth says that they were formed by a deity that was so upset his lover ran away on the river with her mortal lover, he split the water in two and condemned the couple to an infinite fall. The biggest attraction of the waterfalls is Devil’s Throat, a narrow chasm shaped like an U.

6. Parícutin

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It may be surprising that a volcano managed to land a spot on this list, but Paricutin isn’t just any volcano. What makes it stand out is the fact that its whole life cycle, from birth to extinction, has been witnessed and documented by humans. First emerging from the cornfields of a local farmer in 1943, it became a topic of interest for many scientists worldwide. Even though today’s Paricutin is extinct, the forces that led to its birth sometimes still quake the Earth. The volcano is a common recurrence on many lists and versions of the Natural Wonders of the World.

7. Jeju Island

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Also known as Jeju Province or Jejudo, it’s the biggest island in Korea and the smallest province. There are many wonderful things about this idyllic location, including the fact that its secluded position resulted in a civilization that developed its own language and culture. The people of Jejudo are famous for the matriarchal system governing their society. Back in the day, women made roughly 60% of the island’s profit from free diving. They would dive in cold waters without any scuba gears with the purpose of harvesting various marine products. Jeju Island is the home of South Korea’s tallest mountain, which is also a dormant volcano.

8. Table Mountain

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A fascinating looking mountain with a completely flat peak, Table Mountain became a landmark of Cape Town, South Africa. Many tourists are drawn to this wonderful landform on a yearly basis, preferring to get to the top either by hiking or using the cableway. Table Mountain is considered to be one of the New Wonders of the World.

9. Puerto Princesa Underground River

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North of the Philippine city of Puerto Princesa lies a true paradise corner. Also known as the Puerto Princesa Subterranean River National Park, it became a protected area that’s been managed by the government since 1992. Their goal is to try and preserve the natural, raw beauty of the area. During a 2010 expedition, several journeys led to the discovery that the river has a second floor, something that hinted at an alleged existence of a waterfall system. Moreover, the national park houses one of the most complex cave systems in the world.

10. Ha Long Bay

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Exhibiting thousands of islets and limestone karsts, Ha Long Bay is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as a highly popular tourist destination. Due to the fairly isolated location of the bay, much of the area has remained unaffected by human intervention. Formations in its composition are the result of over 500 million years of evolution. Also, historical research has shown that pre-historical humans may have inhabited this area.

Our world is big and spectacular. Many of the entries on this list aren’t generally well known, but perhaps in years to come, they will become as famous as the occupants of the first three spots on the list. I’m certain that, despite everything, there are still countless wonders we don’t know much about. These were the 10 World's Most Astonishing Natural Wonders… at the moment.

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10 Facts That You Thought To Be True

… but really aren't. And that's perfectly fine. Over the course of time, humanity has been constantly evolving, and that refers to the knowledge we possess. Back in the B.C. times, people thought that rain was a sign that the sky was going to collapse on them. That obviously isn't true, and funnily enough, neither are the things that are on this list. But given the constant change in our perception, maybe ten years from now someone will be writing an article proving that, in fact, they are true. But let's not get into that. For now, here are 10 Facts That You Thought To Be True (but unfortunately aren't).

1. Lightning Doesn't Strike The Same Place Twice

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We've all heard this expression before, though I can bet that it had a much more metaphorical sense to it. Scientifically, however, there is absolutely no foundation that would prove the statement to be true. Nature doesn't abide by any rules, especially a powerful force like the lightning. If it wants to strike the same place twice, it will do it and it's done it before. Lightning hooks to the nearest electricity conductor, making tall buildings and constructions like the Empire State Building and the Eiffel Tower sure targets. And there are people out there who can vouch that they have definitely been struck more than once.

2. Bats Are Blind

Facts That You Thought To Be True: Bats Are Blind

This common misconception has spawned one of the most used retaliations: have you ever heard of the expression “blind as a bat?” Couldn't be falser. Unless you're insinuating that the certain someone the expression is aimed for needs some eyesight improvement, in which case you've hit the nail. Out of over 1200 total bat species, none of them are sightless. Truth be told, there are some that that don't really see particularly well, but they have their infamous “echolocation” systems to guide them around through the power of high frequency sounds.

3. Red Is a Bull's Greatest Enemy

Facts That You Thought To Be True: Red Enrages Bulls

Except, it's not the color, it's the flag. Like most other animals, bulls are what we call “color blind.” The crew of Myth Busters made it their quest to disprove this particularly intriguing myth, and they were successful in their attempts. It turns out that the bull helping with the experiment charged towards the waved flags, regardless of their colors. It's safe to assume that the red flag is more of a symbol in bull fighting rather than a scientific means to an end.

4. America Was Discovered By Christopher Columbus

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Then why is it named America? Because it's named after another one of history's greatest explorers: Amerigo Vespucci. And because Christopher Columbus never actually set foot on North American land. Most of his voyages circled around Caribbean islands and he definitely made plenty of important discoveries. However, America wasn't just a deserted land prior to his so called discovery. The continent was inhabited by indigenous folk, and long before Columbus was even born, the first people to set foot on American land were the Vikings of the 11th century. Who's pro changing America's name to Vikingia? 

5. Sushi Is Raw Fish

Facts That You Thought To Be True: Sushi Is Raw Fish

For many people, sushi is a delicate type of dish. After all, how many people are readily willing to experience the taste of raw fish? If this is your case, then you don't have to worry about sushi. That's because what sushi really refers to is a type of dish served with vinegar rice. The Japanese meal that consists of raw fish is sashimi, something entirely different from sushi. Moreover, so many people still believe this to be true and, in turn, avoid consuming sushi, that new types have been intended, marketed solely for westerners so they won't have to worry about eating raw fish again.

6. Coffee Is Made From Beans

Facts That You Thought To Be True: Coffee Is Made From Beans

This one is a definite shocker. But don't worry, it's not too far away from truth either. Coffee is actually made from the seeds of a type of fruit called “coffee cherries.” They're red, strongly resembling grapes, and underneath a layer of bitter skin lays delicious, sweet flesh. As for the “beans” we're all so fond of, in their natural form they're a blue-green hue, gaining the well known brown shade after being roasted.

7. China's Wall Is Visible From Space

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The Great Wall of China is seemed as one of the greatest man made constructions in history, and this statement has been backed up by the claim that it can be allegedly sighted from outer space. Well, surprise, it's not. It'd be a wonder if it were barely visible. In fact, astronauts would need vision 17,000 times better than your average human's to be able to see it. That doesn't mean that nothing else is visible from space. Several astronauts claimed that, upon looking at the shadowed side of Earth, they were able to clearly see city lights and distinguish cities from the outer, less populated areas. Some say that, with the aid of binoculars, they were able to see large buildings, roads, airports, dams and even large sea and air vehicles.

8. Mount Everest Is The World's Tallest Mountain

Facts That You Thought To Be True: Everest Is World's Tallest

The delicate bit about this statement is the wording. While at 8,850 meters, Mount Everest definitely possesses the highest altitude on Earth, it's not the tallest. When we talk about how tall a mountain is, we need to refer to the meters both below and under the sea level. On the other hand, altitude only refers to the distance above the sea level and the mountain's summit. Going by this criteria, the tallest mountain in the world is actually in Hawaii, and it's called Mauna Kea. While its altitude is half Mount Everest's, given how 60% of the mountain is below sea level, it sums up a total of 10,100 meters from base to summit, making it the true tallest mountain in the world.

9. Fortune Cookies Are Chinese

Facts That You Thought To Be True: Fortune Cookies Are Chinese

Odd, isn't it? Apparently, they're an American invention, although how they came to be created is up to debate. Some say it was a Cantonese immigrant from 1918 who took pity on the poor and started spreading around cookies with inspirational, Biblical based messages in them. Others say that it was a Japanese man who wanted to thank his new employer at San Francisco's Japanese Tea Garden for taking care of him, by slipping a small note of gratitude in his cookie. Whichever will prove to be the real story, we can be sure of one thing: fortune cookies were never a Chinese thing.

10. People Thought The Earth Was Flat

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Some believe that before Christopher Columbus made the legendary discovery of American land (which he didn't, as we've just established), people thought that the Earth was flat. Wrong. Contrary to popular belief, Columbus wasn't the first man to set sail and explore the world beyond European borders. Many before him have traveled the seas and oceans, and have concluded that the Earth was indeed round. More than that, this claim was made even longer prior to the 15th century: Greek philosopher Pythagoras suggested Earth's roundness back in the 6th century B.C. It's true, however, that there was a point in time between the 18th and the 20th centuries when this claim was up to debate, but it was mainly kept between religious and secular groups.

How did this list affect your views on the world? Changes in perspective and even universally accepted realities have been a common recurrence in the course of humanity's existence. They happened before and they definitely still will. This is why all of these were  10 Facts That You Thought To Be True.

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10 Rare Historical Photos That You Might Not Have Seen

Some of these rare historical photos are bone-chilling, while others are glimmering with joy. The world is a terrifying, yet pleasant place. People have been killing themselves since man realized that he can use his fists to get what he wants. But at the same time, laughter and joy has fueled us, and brought humanity closer together. Technical advancements have made it possible for you to read my words, even though you are probably thousands of miles away, and civil rights movements marked our progress towards a better world for all.

When we, as humans, started taking photos, we learned that we not only can capture memories with a camera, we also capture the era's soul and heart.

1. Buchenwald concentration camp guards

Rare historical photos of the Buchenwald concentration camp guards

After the Buchenwald concentration camp was liberated in 1945, the prisoners got their just revenge on some of the guards who tormented them day-in, and day-out.

Built in 1937 near Weimar, Germany, the Nazis plastered the entrance of the camp with a slogan meant to provoke existential anguish for whoever was not part of the Reich, and Hitler's perfect aryan race. Written on the main entrance gate, Jedem das Seine means to each his own, literally, and figuratively everyone gets what he deserves.

It seems to me that these concentration camp guards didn't get enough of what they deserved.

2. Audrey Hepburn and her deer

Rare historical photos of Audrey Hepburn with her deer

On a more lighter note, here we have Audrey Hepburn shopping for groceries along with her pet deer. The picture was taken in Beverly Hills, 1958, meaning that she was 29-years-old, and right at the beginning of her booming acting career.

Does anyone know what happened to her deer?

3. Kurt Cobain and his daughter, Frances

Rare historical photos of Kurt Cobain holding his daughter

The grunge icon, guitarist, vocalist and founding member of Nirvana, Kurt Cobain is known to have said that the best drug in the world is holding his daughter, Frances. Too bad that this wasn't enough to trump his other addictions.

4. Muhammad Ali and The Beatles

Rare historical photos of Muhammad Ali and The Beatles

I'm not quite sure who was the bigger fan here.

Muhammad Ali is undoubtedly a big The Beatles fan, and I'm sure that he's still listening to the occasional Abbey Road album, even at his respectful age of 74. But The Greatest and The Beatles didn't really have a great start.

You see, the four legendary musicians were kind of annoyed waiting for Ali, who was running late for the photo-shoot. Yet, when the door burst open, and everyone met Ali's charming laugh John, Paul, Ringo and George, all immediately fell in love with him and started giggling, forgetting about having to wait for the boxer to arrive.

The emblematic picture was taken in 1964.

5. Every soldier counts

Rare historical photos of warfare dogs

…even those who make barking sounds.

Dogs have been in warfare since ancient times. The United States even has a US War Dog Association that commemorates and respects our most beloved pets.

The picture above was taken in World War II, in Normandy of 1944.

6. The freedom of women is not a crime

Rare historical photos of the suffragist movement

The suffragist movement changed the highly-bigoted world that we used to live in. Can you image a time where women were seen inferior to men? Well, you surely can, because women are still discriminated today – not as much, thanks to the suffragist and feminist movement, but still, it's an issue.

7. Tsar Nicholas II and his daughter, Anastasia

Rare historical photos of Tsar Nicholas II and his daughter Anastasia

Grand Duchess Anastasia, that is.

Her father, Tsar Nicholas II, is seen allowing his daughter to smoke. Some of you may see this as bad parenting, while others note that lung cancer clearly wasn't the issue for Anastasia as her time on Earth was cut short due to, you know, the whole Romanov family being killed by the Bolsheviks, led by Lenin.

8. A young Queen Elizabeth II

Rare historical photos of Queen Elizabeth II

The picture was taken when she was 18-years-old, that puts the photo-shoot in 1944. Queen Elizabeth II is from House Windsor, a highly-reputable English House that has been ruling over England, and its Commonwealth regions, since 1952.

9. Titanic survivors

Rare historical photos of the Titanic survivors rescued by the Carpathia

The Titanic sank on April the 15th, 1912, halfway through its voyage. Over 1,500 people died that early morning when the ship hit an iceberg. The lucky few who managed to save themselves, were rescued, as seen in the picture above, by the Carpathia.

10. Anti Nazi demonstration in Berlin

Rare historical photos of an anti-nazi demonstration

It took place in 1932, when the Nazi party was beginning to gather more and more followers, with each passing day. Contrary to popular belief, not everyone who lived in Nazi Germany during WW II was evil. Not everyone agreed with concentration camps and killing minorities, and performing incredibly cruel acts, horrid tortures that stained our history.

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5 People Accused of Stealing the Work of Others

Sometimes, people receive inspiration for their work from various sources. Other times, people accused of stealing the work of others are completely innocent and they end up fighting in cases because of malicious persons who seek personal gain. Whatever the reason, authors, politicians, activists, producers and so on have been the subject of plagiarism. No profession has been spared, and the advanced technology of today makes it easier to identify real thieves from blameless people. Take a look at some of the most famous cases that took place in recent times.

1. J.R.R. Tolkien

J.R.R. Tolkien was accused of plagiarism in the past.

This might seem surprising to some of you, but the author of the popular fantasy series was accused of plagiarism. J.R.R. Tolkien is among the famous people accused of stealing the work of others because the trilogy borrowed elements from the Ring of the Nibelung opera by Richard Wagner. Even though Tolkien denied basing his work on the famous opera, it is well known that he studied thoroughly the composer's work before he started writing his own trilogy. In this case, we might say that the author found his inspiration in Wagner's work.

2. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. is among the people accused of stealing the work of others.

Our next entry is truly one of the most unexpected people accused of stealing the work of others. King is well known for his activism and influence on the movement regarding Civil Rights in America. One of the most influential people in history, King seems to have copied certain parts of his dissertation from other sources. The fact was discovered when his widow donated the document to King Paper's Project, when some scholars verified the work and reached this conclusion. Fortunately, this discovery did not have a great negative impact on King's image.

3. J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling did not escape controversies.

We have become used to hearing accusations of plagiarism every time a successful book is released. The Harry Potter series was not spared from this controversy. Back in 2010, J.K. Rowling was accused that she stole ideas from The Adventures of Willy the Wizard, a book by Adrian Jacobs that was published in 1987. The representative of the estate of the late author claimed that Rowling's fourth volume in the series included similar plots to Jacobs' book. Fortunately, Rowling managed to win the case. However, Adrian Jacobs' estate attempted to sue the author in many different countries, but did not achieve success.

4. Barack Obama

Barack Obama copied a part of one of his speeches.

After writers and activists, it is time to turn our attention to politicians. President Barrack Obama was first accused during the presidential campaign in 2008. Hillary Clinton, his main rival at the time, claimed that Obama plagiarized some parts of the speech he held in Wisconsin. Obama admitted that he should have credited Governor Deval Patrick, but also that the two were good friends who shared ideas for that particular speech. Governor Patrick defended Obama and thus his campaign was not affected by the malicious accusation. In the end, he became president of the United States, but also vowed to be more careful in the future.

5. Dan Brown

The top people accused of stealing the work of others include Dan Brown.

Lastly, we return to another writer among the people accused of stealing the work of others. Dan Brown probably expected to create controversies with his book The Da Vinci Code. However, a whole case was brought against the author twice. Firstly, writers Richard Lee and Michael Baigent claimed he stole themes from The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail book. Secondly, Brown was accused by Lewis Perdue of plagiarizing his book Daughter of God which was published in 2000. Dan Brown won the first case and was spared from the second, because the Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Perdue. However, he never retracted the accusations.

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