People like Frederick Banting are the reason why I love history, because his work saved millions of lives and will probably continue to save millions more. Along with his colleague, Dr. Charles Best, he discovered insulin as a way to treat diabetes, which led to them getting a Nobel Prize in medicine. He was a bit clumsy, though – his notes were reportedly pretty messy. He seems like just an amazingly selfless person overall – he tended to soldiers during WWI as an army doctor and once worked for a solid sixteen hours even though he was wounded himself. He was also interested in painting, befriending a couple members of famous Group of Seven. Sadly, he died of wounds sustained in a plane crash in 1941. Currently, a Flame of Hope burns in front of the house where he came up with the idea that led to the discovery of insulin (he just woke up at two am on Halloween – how poetic, eh? – 1920 and bam!). Once the cure for diabetes is found, the flame will be extinguished. Fingers crossed that happens one day.
This gorgeous woman is WWII Soviet fighter pilot Lydia Litvyak! She’s credited with 12 solo air victories, which makes her one of only TWO female flying aces ever. She was known as the White Rose of Stalingrad, and the last time she was ever seen alive, her plane was disappearing behind clouds, pouring smoke, and outmaneuvering up to 8 enemy aircraft.
She’s a great pilot, one that displayed extraordinary skill as well as innate talent, and one that set new aviation records and inspired many other pilots to follow in her footsteps. Also, THOSE EYES! I could drown in them!
this sexy, sexy man right here ? will cushing, an officer of the union navy (and my heart) who sunk the confederate css albemarle all in one night. aside from being a badass, will was also a bit of a troublemaker as well, pranking many of his teachers during his time at the us naval academy. he is such an underrated daddy
Kelemen Mikes was a Transylvanian-born Hungarian political figure and essayist, noted for his rebellious activities against the Habsburg Monarchy. Mikes is referred to as the “Hungarian Goethe”, made famous by his Letters from Turkey. Mikes went into exile with Ferenc Rákóczi II, last prince of independent Transylvania. After the unsuccessful War of Independence (1703-11), in which he had endeavoured to liberate Hungary and Transylvania from the Habsburgs, the prince and his entourage spent some five years in France before in 1717 going to Turkey at the invitation of Sultan Ahmed III. Some of the party eventually left, but Mikes, like Rákóczi, spent the rest of his life in Turkey.
Learning about him in school, I always thought he’s hot.
Here you see Diogenes of Sinope, the first Cynic. On the painting of Raphael in the Vatican. He lived in the 4th century BC. In Athens and Corinth.
He was infamous by sarcastic and brutal remarks to humans, his shameless behavior and his poor and careless appearance. Cynical behavior, therefore. According to the anecdotes.
But in reality, he was genuinely committed to the spiritual condition of his fellow human beings, trying to convince the people that they had to adjust their style of life, by conducting a frankly way of speaking, a very sober existence, rejection of material possession, luxury, wealth, power and fame, and a hard life ‘according to nature’.
Sebastian Lewis Shaw (AKA ‘Buster’) was born on May 29, 1905 in Holt, Norfolk, England. The son of a doctor, Shaw went on to do several theatrical and film roles and making a reputation as a Shakspearian actor. His most famous role was that of Anakin Skywalker in the 1983 Movie “Return of the Jedi”
My history crush is Warren G. Harding, (November 2, 1865 – August 2, 1923) 29th POTUS and considered one of the worst ever. History hasn’t been kind to him, and he’s best known for his scandalous sex life. He had many affairs, fathered a child with his mistress, wrote some very erotic poems to her – you can read them here: http://www.taylormarsh.com/2014/07/warren-g-harding-named-penis-jerry/
Oh and he famously named his manhood “Jerry.”
What a bad boy. But those eyebrows and that face. He’s sexy and he knows it.
I have very little to say about this handsome boy, Eoin O’Duffy, apart from the fact that… well.. Micheal MacLiammoir had good tastes, I must say.
He also played gaelic football soo… what can you not love?
Who is this beautiful man and when was this photo taken, you ask? Surprise, it’s Lewis Powell, a member of the conspiracy to assassinate Lincoln, and that picture was taken in 1865 when he was imprisoned awaiting trial. Who looks that hot when they’re in prison? Powell was 21 when he was executed. Image credit and other pics of the conspirators here.
I’m not sure if you’ve already featured Napoleon, but I don’t believe you have any pictures of him as a long man, which is a shame.