Historical Figures

Historical Figures

Curious stories and facts about historical figures that have become an integral part of our perceptions of history. Historical figures who have contributed in one direction or another to the development of humanity.
The Great Muses of the Genius Pablo PicassoThe Great Muses of the Genius Pablo Picasso
15 June
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Picasso's contemporaries used to say that he changed women as often as he changed his style of painting. He was a real magnet for the opposite sex, while his great muses he immortalized in his works.
This is Jack the Ripper`s Final LetterThis is Jack the Ripper`s Final Letter
15 May
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The last letter of notorious serial killer Jack the Ripper has been sold at an auction in Great Britain. It contains the final words of the mysterious murderer, whose identity may never be uncovered.
The Death of Edgar Allan Poe - Still a Mystery to this DayThe Death of Edgar Allan Poe - Still a Mystery to this Day
20 Apr.
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Truly ironic indeed that the father of detective novels had died under circumstances just as mysterious as those he often wrote about in his stories.
Harry Houdini`s Magic Tricks Still Remain UnexplainedHarry Houdini`s Magic Tricks Still Remain Unexplained
13 Apr.
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Harry Houdini is renowned as the greatest illusionist of the 20th century, while some even believed that he was able to communicate with ghosts, that his tricks were the result of dark magic.
The Tragic Story of Pablo Neruda`s Secret DaughterThe Tragic Story of Pablo Neruda`s Secret Daughter
10 Apr.
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Chilean poet Pablo Neruda is famous primarily for his brilliant poems but his treatment of his only child was a far cry from the humanity and justice which he called for.
Half a Century After Gagarin`s Death the Mystery Surrounding it RemainsHalf a Century After Gagarin`s Death the Mystery Surrounding it Remains
30 Mar.
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Yuri Gagarin died in a plane crash due to poor atmospheric conditions. Or at least that's the official claim. Today, 50 years after the death of the first astronaut, the theories surrounding the event continue to spark controversy.
Stephen Hawking to be Buried by Isaac Newton`s GraveStephen Hawking to be Buried by Isaac Newton`s Grave
23 Mar.
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Stephen Hawking's ashes are to be buried in Westminster Abbey. Ergo, one of the greatest minds of our time will find eternal rest near Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin.
Occultist Arthur Conan Doyle, Author of Sherlock Holmes, Talked to GhostsOccultist Arthur Conan Doyle, Author of Sherlock Holmes, Talked to Ghosts
27 Feb.
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It's a lesser known fact that writer Arthur Conan Doyle was a passionate spiritualist, who accurately predicted the day of his own death, while his last words were: There is no death! Until we meet again.
The Genius Painter who Died of HungerThe Genius Painter who Died of Hunger
30 Jan.
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Nowadays, works by the great Russian painter Chaim Soutine sell for tens of millions of dollars but when he painted Carcass of Beef, the Little Pastry Cook and The Bride, he was so poor he could hardly afford food and clothing.
These Historical Figures Died as a Result of their GluttonyThese Historical Figures Died as a Result of their Gluttony
31 Oct.
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Gluttony is indeed one of the 7 deadly sins and in the case of these historical figures it really did prove fatal.