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Jeane Dixon – seeress and astrologer

Jeane Dixon – seeress and astrologer

Jeane Dixon – seeress and astrologer


The English seeress Jeane Dixon (1918-1997) enjoyed extraordinary popularity in the middle of the last century.
Little Jeane, at the age of five, predicted what gifts the guests would bring, knew when someone from her family would die … When the girl was eight years old, her mother led her to a famous fortune teller. Looking at the palm of the girl, she said: “Your daughter will be a great seeress. Such lines occur once in a thousand years.”
Soon, little Jeane learned to get information from the future using a crystal ball. At first, she spoke about future events only to those close to her. But her fame grew, and in the 1940s, when she married and moved to Washington, even the powerful people of the world began to ask her about the future.
In November 1944, American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt invited Jeane. During their first meeting, Roosevelt asked how much time he had to complete the job. “Less than six months, Mr. President,” Jeane replied. On April 12, 1945 Roosevelt died.
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Wolf Messing – mystery man

Wolf Messing - mystery man

Wolf Messing – mystery man


Wolf Messing was one of the most famous predictors of the 20th century. You know, he met with Einstein and Freud, predicted defeat to Hitler in the World War, communicated with Stalin and Beria, with the leaders of the CPSU and even received the title of Honored Artist of the RSFSR. But, as those who knew him closely said, this unique person was intended for other purposes that he never achieved …
The uniqueness of Wolf Messing manifested itself in the first years of his life, when it turned out that the boy, who was born in a Jewish family in 1899 in Poland, suffered from sleepwalking. His parents put a basin with cold water in front of his bed, the boy stepped into the water and instantly woke up. This radical remedy helped him.
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Citroen – man, car, legend

Citroen - man, car, legend

Citroen – man, car, legend


The name Citroën is not French, but Dutch and comes from the word “lemon”. Citroën’s great-grandfather came with a cart to the port, filled it with citrus, brought from overseas colonies, and cheerfully rolled it across Amsterdam. You know, he was the first in the family to be given a surname. The lemon business was going well and his son Barend Citroën went into the jewelry business as Amsterdam became a center for cutting and selling diamonds. And Barend taught his son this profitable craft. During one of his visits to Warsaw the businessman met charming Masha Kleinman, persuaded her to become his wife and moved to Paris. She became the mother of Levi Citroën. Levi was a member of the Paris elite. His partners and friends called him Louis, Louis Bernard Citroën.
All his life he had dreamed of a business that combined three processes: the extraction of diamonds, their processing and sale. And finally, that day was near. The exact date of the purchase of diamond-bearing sites in South Africa had already been appointed, but the deal fell through at the last moment.
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Osceola – Seminole Indian military leader

Osceola - Seminole Indian military leader. Portrait by J. R. Winton, 1837

Osceola – Seminole Indian military leader. Portrait by J. R. Winton, 1837


Osceola was a military leader of the Native American people, Seminole. In the 1830s he fought against the U.S. government, because they wanted the Seminole to leave their homeland in Florida.
Osceola was born in 1804 in Georgia. His mother was a Native American, member of the Creek nation. A white Scottish trader, William Powell, became his mother’s second husband. The family moved to northern Florida and joined the Seminole when Osceola was a boy.
In 1819 Spain sold Florida to the United States and this opened the fertile lands of the Seminole for white Americans. Later, in 1823, an agreement was signed according to which the Seminole had to leave the coastal territories and move inland, to the marshy lands of central Florida, which were not suitable for habitation. Osceola spoke out against it and was sent to prison. After the release he organized a fighting force. The warriors killed the U.S. official and the Seminole chief who had signed the treaty. So the Second Seminole War began in 1835. Resistance lasted almost two years.
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Albertus Magnus – Albert the Great

Albertus Magnus - Albert the Great

Albertus Magnus – Albert the Great


There are few figures in the history of the Western European Middle Ages who were worshiped by the contemporaries during their lifetime. Death only promoted the growth of the already great glory.
Albert von Bollstedt was born in 1193 into a wealthy family in the small Bavarian town of Lauingen. As a child, Albert didn’t have any outstanding abilities that would indicate his bright future. However, little Albert had one passion: the future scientist and theologian had thirst for knowledge.
There is a legend that survived Albert for centuries. Once, Blessed Virgin appeared to the young man during his hot prayer and asked him what science he wanted to succeed in. Albert wished to achieve success in studying the queen of sciences – philosophy. Nodding, the Mother of God said with sadness: “I will fulfill your request – you will become a great philosopher. But, alas, you’ve chosen philosophy not theology. And it is theology that deserves the greatest preference over all other sciences, for there is nothing more beautiful than comprehending the greatest wisdom of our beloved God. As punishment for the lack of piety, you will return to your previous stupidity before your death.”
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Friedrich Nietzsche and Lou Salome

Friedrich Nietzsche and Lou Salome

Friedrich Nietzsche and Lou Salome


The love story of Louise (Lou) Andreas-Salome (1861-1937), one of the most intelligent women of Europe of the XIX century, and the great German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) is still the subject of disputes among dozens of biographers. It was so incomprehensible love story of the two brightest personalities of the time.
Lou Salome was born in St. Petersburg into the family of General Gustav von Salome, a German from the Baltic States. She spent her childhood and youth in Russia and it was her motherland to the end of her days. At the age of twenty the girl was already extremely educated and free-thinking. In addition, she had a very attractive appearance, which, coupled with her bright mind, drove famous and notable men not only in Russia, but throughout Europe, crazy.
The acquaintance of Lou Salome with Europe began in 1880, when she studied history of art and theology in Zurich under the supervision of her mother. In 1881, the girl went to Rome for treatment as she had a serious lung disease. There young twenty-year-old Lou won the hearts of many men. Famous German philosophers Paul Ree (1849-1901) and Friedrich Nietzsche were among them.
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Heinrich Himmler – head of the Gestapo

Heinrich Himmler - head of the Gestapo

Heinrich Himmler – head of the Gestapo


Heinrich Himmler was one of the organizers of the concentration camps across conquered Europe. He headed the elite units of the German army, SS divisions. By the way, he was responsible for the internal security of the Reich and was Hitler’s right hand, and in fact – the most powerful man after him.
To tell the truth, Himmler was responsible for inhumane experiments on prisoners to determine the possibility of survival in extreme conditions. Also he had an idea of experiments to increase the number of Aryan race. At the same time, he was an impeccable official and an ideal family man, also known for his punctuality.
The future head of the SS was born on October 7, 1900 in Munich, Bavaria, into the family of the director of the classical gymnasium. A frail and physically weak boy dreamed of becoming a great military leader. However, even at the end of the First World War, when the Kaiser’s army needed soldiers, the medical commission rejected Heinrich. Thus, he was unable to take part in hostilities, although subsequently he told a lot about his “front-line feats”.
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