Page 7 - History Facts

Ninjas are soon going to become officially extinct.

I don’t know what is more of an OMG Fact: that ninjas still exist, or that they're about to become a thing of the past. Now, there is only one ninja grandmaster, Jinichi Kawakami. He is the 21st head of the Ban Family, one 53 that was part of the Koka Ninja clan.

He was trained in ninjitsu as a little kid. He learned how to walk quietly, how to break into a house, how to make explosives and mix medicines, among other skills.

However, his skills will probably die with him. He has decided to not select an heir to pass the clan's secret scrolls to. This means that even though some people might learn a few ninja techniques, the ninja clans of the past will be officially forgotten.


A British invasion of Spain was cancelled because all the soldiers got so drunk that they had to go back home!

In 1625, a plan by the British to invade Spain turned into a day of excessive drinking for the soldiers, who did not particularly want to be on a mission to invade Spain anyway.

It was probably the most embarrassing and poorly executed military campaign in English history.

It began as an idea of two English military commanders, George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham and Sir Edward Cecil.

They argued the invasion of Spain would weaken the Spanish Empire and bring glory to England, but all they were really after were the treasure laden Spanish ships returning from the Americas. Somehow they got permission for the ‘invasion.’

The British ships encountered bad weather and on 24 October 1625 they landed near Cadiz in a pitiful state. Cecil saw the fortifications and decided to steer his men in an opposite direction towards a local village in the wine-producing region of Andalusia.

There was so much of the local product available, that the soldiers got completely sloshed on wine from cellars and other places—wherever they could find it! The men became so utterly useless that the invasion idea was abandoned and they were herded back onto the ships.

In December Cecil’s ship landed on the south coast of Ireland after getting lost. That brought an end to the most unfortunate expedition of the British Empire!


In 1943 three young men got on a train and freed 200 Jewish prisoners using only one pistol and some wire cutters!

In 1943 three young men had a plan to save Jewish people from being deported to Auschwitz.

On the night of 19 April 1943, they got on their bicycles and cycled 40 kilometers from their homes in Brussels to Boortmeerbeek in Flanders.

There were 1,600 Jews on a train that was transporting them from Belgium to the infamous Nazi death camp and Robert Maistriau (22), Youra Livchitz(25), and Jean Franklemon (25), were adamant to free them from that horrible fate.

They were armed with one pistol, three pairs of wire cutters, a lantern, a red rag and a lot of courage and determination.

They made an impromptu stop sign by wrapping their lantern in the red rag and laying it on the tracks. They lay in wait and watched as the train actually came to a stop.

Robert then ran to the train and forced a carriage door open with his wire cutters. Seventeen people managed to jump out and run as the guards opened fire.

Livchitz returned fire with the pistol while Maistriau and Franklemon managed to break open another carriage. They told the prisoners to get out and run for their lives.

The guards were coming too close and the brave trio had to jump on their bicycles and flee, racing all the way back to Brussels, but some prisoners still on the train managed to break into the open cars and made their escape as the train started moving again.

The bravery of those three young men saved the lives of 200 of the 1600 Jewish prisoners and it was the only time in occupied Europe that resistance fighters liberated a deportation train.


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The first Native American that met with the Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony just walked into their encampment and welcomed them in English!

The Pilgrims at Plymouth Colony were most astounded when, on February 16, 1622, a Native American named Samoset, chief of the Pemaquids, casually strolled into their encampment.

He was alone and “he was stark naked, only a leather about his waist, with a fringe about a span long, or little more.”

All he carried with him was a bow and two arrows.

What was even more intriguing to them is that he was the first native they came across and yet, he addressed them in English, welcoming them!

They later found out that he learned the language from some English fishermen that came to fish off Monhegan Island. He also knew the names of most of the captains and commanders.

They were very nervous of him being in their camp at first, but he was very bold and talkative and supplied the Pilgrims with valuable information about the country.

He could also inform them of the location of other tribes, the names of their chiefs and their numbers.

At some point he asked them for some beer, but in stead they gave him “strong water and biscuit, and butter, and cheese, and pudding, and a piece of mallard, all which he liked well.”


A pilot once ejected from his plane into a thunder cloud and had to hold his breath to keep from drowning!

Lt Colonel William Rankin, an experienced and veteran pilot of both World War II and Korea, was flying his F-8 Crusader on a routine flight with his wing-man Lt. Herbert Nolan. They were avoiding the turbulent weather below at an altitude of 47,000 feet and were just minutes away from the start of their descent when trouble forced Rankin to eject from the plane.

He knew ejecting into the -50°C temperature without a pressure suit at such an altitude would be incredibly discomforting, and quite possibly fatal. The sudden decompression caused his stomach to swell, his ears, nose and mouth to bleed, and the only thing keeping him conscious was his O2 canister attached to his helmet.

As the cockpit hatch blew open, the immense forces involved with ejecting tore his left glove from his hand, leaving it exposed to the brutally cold air. His skin immediately froze resulting in numbness and severe frostbite. He was being suspended by the powerful thunderstorm updraft, much like a hailstone. The updraft filled his parachute like a sail and rocketed him vertically thousands of feet at a velocity of nearly 100 mph.

During his ascent, he could see hail stones forming around him. The rain would pelt him from all directions, and at times was so intense that he had to hold his breath for fear of drowning. He finally landed in a field and found his way to a dirt road where someone finally picked him up and took him to town to call an ambulance.



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