Category: politics

The Salsa Musician Who Ran For President

Rubén Blades, a Panamanian singer, has the most successful salsa record of all time. Siembra (1978) has sold over 25 million copies. Blades went on to record with Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Little Steven, and even Sting.

In 1994 he tried to parlay his musical popularity into a presidential run in Panama. Blades lost, but he was appointed Panama’s minister of tourism in 1994 and served for five years, before returning to his music career.

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., 14, became the youngest American…

In 1944, George Stinney Jr., 14, became the youngest American executed in the 20th century when he was sent to the electric chair.

Nuclear Explosions Since 1945

Before becoming President and First Lady of the USA, here’s a…

Before becoming President and First Lady of the USA, here’s a gallery of 19 vintage photographs of young Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton from between the late 1960s and 1970s.

The First Female Prime Minister of Pakistan Se…

Pakistan was the first Muslim nation to elect a female prime minister. Benazir Bhutto served as the 11th prime minister from 1988 to 1990, and the 13th prime minister from 1993 to 1996. Ideologically a liberal and a secularist, she chaired or co-chaired the center-left Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) from the early 1980s until her assassination by a suicide bomber in 2007.

The Prime Minister and the Geisha

Sasuke Uno was the prime minister of Japan for just over two months – from early June 1989 to early August 1989. He resigned after it came out that he had kept a geisha as a mistress for a period of five months before becoming prime minister.

The problem was less his extramarital affair, and more how callous and stingy he was with the lady. He offered her money the first night he met her, claimed to have “saved” her with his money, and generally treated her “disdainfully.”

It was the first time that a Japanese politician’s private life was publicized in the media in such a way.

Christmas Truce 1914: Amazing photos of British and German…

Christmas Truce 1914: Amazing photos of British and German troops meeting in no man’s land during the Western Front.

Incredible behind the scenes photos of civil rights activists…

Incredible behind the scenes photos of civil rights activists training to endure the harassment and violence they would face.

28 vintage photographs of George H.W. Bush before he became the…

28 vintage photographs of George H.W. Bush before he became the 41st president of the United States

Young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face…

Young girl being trained to not react to smoke blown in her face and having her hair pulled, 1960.