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Arnold Henskes – Mirin Dajo

Arnold Henskes - Mirin Dajo

Arnold Henskes – Mirin Dajo


Many people know about yogis and fakirs of India who pierced their cheeks or tongue, without experiencing pain and without any harm to themselves. To do this they had to train hard. Here is a story about unique Dutch.
Arnold Gerrit Henskes was born in Amsterdam on August 6, 1912. Later he took name Mirin Dajo, which means “wonderful” in Esperanto. Already in his childhood unusual things happened to him. Arnold had a strange ability to paint while sleeping. At first he was surprised when he woke up in the morning and found that his hands were covered with paint, and on the table there was a picture with his signature. It turned out that he painted without waking up. Today, such a rare condition is called somnambulism, or sleepwalking.
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Francis Drake – English navigator

Francis Drake - English navigator

Francis Drake – English navigator


Sir Francis Drake was an English navigator, corsair, vice-admiral. He was the first Englishman who circumnavigated the world (in 1577-1580). He opened the Pacific Ocean to English ships. He also defeated the Spanish fleet (Invincible Armada) in the Battle of Gravelines (1588). Thanks to the skillful actions of Drake, the British managed to gain an advantage over the superior firepower of the enemy forces.
Francis Drake was born in 1540 in Devonshire in the family of farmer Edmund Drake, who later became a priest. The family had twelve children, Francis was the eldest. In 1549 the Drake family moved to Kent. At the age of 12, he became a cabin boy on a merchant ship. His distant relative was the owner of the ship and after his death 18-year-old Drake became a captain.
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Charles Lindbergh – Lucky Lindy

Charles Lindbergh - Lucky Lindy

Charles Lindbergh – Lucky Lindy


Charles Lindbergh was an American aviator. He was the first person to fly an airplane alone across the Atlantic Ocean without stopping.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh was born on February 4, 1902, in Detroit, Michigan. His father was a congressman from Minnesota.
He studied flying in Lincoln, Nebraska (1920-1922). He made his first solo flight in 1923 and thereafter made exhibition flights and short hops in the Midwest.
In 1926 he began flying mail between Saint Louis, Missouri, and Chicago, Illinois.
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John Paul Jones – Scottish sailor

John Paul Jones - Scottish sailor

John Paul Jones – Scottish sailor


John Paul Jones was a Scottish sailor who served in the United Kingdom, the United States and Russia. He is most famous for participation in the American Revolutionary War.
Paul Jones was born on July 6, 1747 in Kirkcudbright, Scotland. His father, John Paul Sr., was a gardener, and the mother of the future admiral was Jean Duff. They got married on November 29, 1733 in New Abbey, Kirkcudbright.
John Paul Jr. began naval career at the age of 13 as a cabin boy aboard the Friendship under Captain Benson. The next few years, he sailed on the British merchant ships, including as a third mate in 1764 aboard the King George and the first mate on the Two Friends in 1766.
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Birute Galdikas – Canadian primatologist

Birute Galdikas - Canadian primatologist

Birute Galdikas – Canadian primatologist

Birute Galdikas is a Canadian anthropologist, primatologist, ethologist and ecologist of Lithuanian origin.
Birute Marija Filomena Galdikas was born on May 10, 1948 in Wiesbaden. She was born in a family of refugees from Soviet Lithuania. She was the first of four children. In 1949, her family moved to Canada and obtained citizenship. The girl spent her childhood in Toronto.
She studied psychology and biology, and in 1966 Birute received a bachelor’s degree in psychology and zoology at the University of British Columbia and the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1969 she became Master of Anthropology.
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Bonnie and Clyde – adventurers or killers?

Bonnie and Clyde – adventurers or killers?

Bonnie and Clyde – adventurers or killers?

Their names have become household name, and the time has smoothed the events of previous years. And now they are called extraordinary individuals who defied society.
Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow traveled the southern states of the USA in the early 1930s. And they were not like the characters of Hollywood film 1967 with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in the lead roles.
Bonnie Parker was born on October 1, 1910 in the Texas town of Rowena and was the middle of three daughters. In 1914 her father died and her mother took children and moved to the Dallas suburb. At school Bonnie was considered one of the best students. She enthusiastically read magazine stories about the adventures, wrote poems and was fond of photography. Teachers and parents believed that Bonnie had a chance to become successful in the future. But … six days before her 16th anniversary Bonnie left school and married her classmate Roy Thornton. In 1929 he was jailed for robbery, and Bonnie would never see her husband again. Bonnie was only 19 years old. She dreamed of a life full of events and adventures.
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Giacomo Casanova – Italian adventurer

Giacomo Casanova - Italian adventurer

Giacomo Casanova – Italian adventurer

There were a lot of adventurers in France of the XVIII century. Many magicians, alchemists, astrologers, soothsayers, sorcerers, healers appeared. Franz Mesmer, the discoverer of “animal magnetism”, had a great popularity. But Casanova was the most famous of them. He gained fame as a healer: he helped La Tour D’Auvergne to get rid of aches, removed acne from Duchess of Chartres’ beautiful skin, and managed to sell the Prince of Courland recipe for … gold! They say Casanova arranged sessions of clairvoyance for the Princess of Anhalt-Zerbst – brilliant Catherine II.
Like all the adventurers of the XVIII century, Casanova was a fine fencer and a good shooter, but his main weapon was the word. He was a well-read man, knew ancient, Italian, and French literature, and was a connoisseur of art and theater.
Giacomo Jacopo Girolamo Casanova de Seinglat, the first child of an actor and actress, was born in 1725 in Venice.
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