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Valery Chkalov – hooligan pilot

Valery Chkalov – hooligan pilot

Valery Chkalov – hooligan pilot


Valery Chkalov was a legendary Soviet test pilot, Hero of the Soviet Union, who made the first non-stop flight across the North Pole.
Valery Pavlovich Chkalov was born in 1904 in the village of Vasilyovo, Nizhny Novgorod province. It is interesting that now this place has received not only the status of the city, but also a new name in honor of the great pilot. Valera’s parents were ordinary people. His father worked as a boilermaker at the shipyard, and his mother was a housewife. Unfortunately, she died when her son was 6 years old. After school Chkalov went to the Cherepovets Technical School, but due to lack of finance, the school was liquidated. Valery returned to his father and began to work as a stoker on the steamer. In 1919 he saw the plane with his own eyes and began to dream of flying machines.
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D. W. Griffith – American film maker

D. W. Griffith - American film maker

D. W. Griffith – American film maker


D. W. Griffith was an American film maker, who invented much of the basic technical grammar of modern cinema.
David Wark Griffith was born on January 22, 1875 at Crestwood, Oldham County, Kentucky. At the age of 18 he became an actor in Louisville. He was a supporting player in provincial companies for 10 years performing under the stage name Lawrence Griffith. In 1906 he secretly married actress Linda Arvidson Johnson. However, they parted 5 years later.
In 1907 Griffith sold a poem to Frank Leslie’s Weekly and a play, A Fool and a Girl, to actor James K. Hackett. The play failed and Griffith decided to try his hand in the movie business.
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Hermann Göring – German politician

Hermann Göring - German politician

Hermann Göring – German politician


Hermann Göring was a German politician and air force commander. He was second in command to Adolf Hitler in Nazi Germany.
Hermann Wilhelm Göring was born on January 12, 1893 in Rosenheim, Bavaria. He was the son of the consul general of the German Empire in Haiti. Hermann was educated in the military school. In October 1915 Göring became a fighter pilot and by 1918 he had won all the important military awards.
After the war he went to Denmark to fly as a private pilot. Göring met Hitler when he returned to Germany in 1922. Hermann became commander of the Nazi storm troopers. In November 1923, he received a painful injury which brought on his first drug addiction.
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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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Alexander Nevsky – Russian leader

Alexander Nevsky - Russian leader

Alexander Nevsky – Russian leader


Alexander Nevsky was the Russian leader, prince of Novgorod and grand prince of Vladimir. He was an outstanding military leader and statesman. He protected Russia against European invasion during the Middle Ages. Alexander defeated the Swedes at the Neva River. His heirs ruled Russia until 1917.
Alexander was the son of Yaroslav Vsevolodovich, Prince of Pereiaslavl and Novgorod. In 1236 his father moved to Kiev and Alexander succeeded him as prince of Novgorod. Alexander Nevsky knew Latin and Greek, and one of his favorite books in his childhood was biography of Alexander the Great.
Alexander had to guard the western frontiers from the Swedes and the Germanic Sword Knights of Livonia. On July 15, 1240 Alexander defeated the Swedes at the mouth of the Neva River.
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Ze Arigo – Brazilian Healer

Ze Arigo - Brazilian Healer

Ze Arigo – Brazilian Healer


His full name was Jose Pedro de Freitas, but he was known under the pseudonym Ze Arigo. He was an uneducated Brazilian, but could diagnose different diseases, prescribed competent recipes and did complicated surgical operations. The paralyzed people started to dance, the blind people began to see clearly, and the deaf people returned to the world of sounds. For 15 years of his activities, Arigo healed a lot of patients, most of them were sentenced to death by official medicine.
He was born on October 18, 1921 in the small town of Congonhas do Campo in eastern Brazil. His parents were poor farmers. Due to poverty, Jose had to left school after only four years and started working at the mine. Later, he still saved up money for a small restaurant, but something unexpected happened. Jose was already 30 years old when his nightmares began and de Freitas began to talk while sleeping. Jose came to the medium, Senor Oliveira, who said it wasn’t a disease, but a call from heaven.
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Eugene Pottier – author of Internationale

Eugene Pottier – author of Internationale

Eugene Pottier – author of Internationale


Eugene Pottier was a French revolutionary, anarchist, author of the Internationale, member of the First International and member of the Paris Commune of 1871.
Eugene Edine Pottier was born on October 4, 1816 in Paris.
Eugene published his first collection of poems at the age of fourteen. The young poet responded to the events of the July Revolution of 1830. The poet took part in the June uprising of the Parisian proletariat. In the days of violent class battles, Pottier called for demolishing of the dilapidated building of the old society, declaring that the people themselves want to become the “masters of their destiny”.
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