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Smoking for victory, a private with full of kiss marks and our granddads go crazy….

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James Dean: A Legend Crashes

“The only greatness for man is immortality.”

Hours before his fatal collision, he was fined for speeding. Being mad about sport cars and car racing Dean bought a Porsche 550 Spyder and had entered the upcoming Salinas Road Race. On 30 September 1955, he was on his way to Salinas. Dean was driving at about 185 kilometers (115 mi) per hour when he crashed into another car.

His death caused a real hysteria. Dean was buried in Fairmount, Indiana. His tombstone has been stolen several times, but so far has always been found. In 1995, on the 40th anniversary of James Dean’s death, the United States Postal Service issued 325 million copies of a stamp bearing the portrait of the former super star. Dean is often mentioned or featured in numerous songs, films and documentaries.

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Surprising 7: Mata Hari, the most famous spy of all times

The exotic dancer Mata Hari was sentenced to death for espionage. In fact, her espionage activities were not as extensive and successful as suggested by the legend created around her. Some of her biographers claim that she was trained in a German spy academy for 15 weeks; however, it is hard to believe that the Germans wasted their time by training a woman recognised throughout Europe and producing a tremendous sensation anywhere she went. However, Mata Hari got caught up in the struggle of French and German intelligence and has fallen victim to them.

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MATA HARI VERS 1900

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Allied victory: knowledge or power?

It is indisputable that World War II was won by the Allies. Historians of both the defeated Germans and the victorious great powers were quick to credit the winning coalition’s advantage in numbers with being the factor that decided the conflict. More resources meant more men and soldiers to send into battle, more tanks, more planes, more ships, and raw power simply prevailed in the end – as it had many times before in history. Below is a collection of factors that, in addition to their being outnumbered, contributed to the fall of the Third Reich and its allies.

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Death clouds: The poison gases of the Great War

In World War I, the belligerents developed and employed several innovations thanks to their modern industrial capabilities. Perhaps the most profoundly influential among these, as far as the two opposing sides were concerned, was the poison gas. This was the first weapon of mass destruction in the modern sense of the word, used for the purpose of completely annihilating the enemy.

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