From 1968 to 1998, Northern Ireland was the battleground of a guerrilla war known as The Troubles. On one side was the Protestant majority called the Unionists, who wanted Northern Ireland to remain part of the United Kingdom. On the other side were the Nationalists, a Catholic minority who sought to become part of the Republic of Ireland.
The 1950s and ’60s tested the will of many who lived through them. As Cold War fears expanded the United States’ presence overseas, millions at home demanded the expansion of basic civil…
During the invasion of Cambodia in late 1979, Vietnamese soldiers uncovered a hastily abandoned prison in Phnom Penh containing meticulous records of each inmate, complete with a portrait photo and detailed “confessions” of their crimes committed against the Khmer Rouge.
In one fell swoop, 22-year-old Olga Hepnarová killed eight people and injured dozens more in Prague. Here’s her chilling story.
ONE SUMMER DAY IN 1973, a large group of elderly people were waiting at a Prague tram stop for their morning ride. Around 11 a.m., a pick-up truck suddenly came hurtling down the road, swerved violently onto the pavement and slammed into them.
Screams filled the air, dead bodies lined the streets, and a few meters down the road, sitting calmly in the driver’s seat, was the 22-year-old girl who had decided to kill them all.
May 10 marks the anniversary of the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as South Africa’s first black president, in 1994. But before Mandela became the revered leader who helped end apartheid, he spent 27 years as a political prisoner, the victim of a racist government he couldn’t abide.
For decades, that story has inspired countless people around the world, including leaders like Barack Obama. In fact, Obama has visited Mandela’s small prison cell on Robben Island twice: Once as a senator in 2006, and again as president in 2013.