Forgotten Figures


Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson: The De Facto President

Edith Wilson is a name that may have a hollow echo in the halls of astute history buff's minds. However, it is likely a name not known, or at least, not as known as it should be among the rest of us. Mrs. Wilson might strike many as simply a…

Deborah Mitford

Deborah Mitford: The Duchess

Deborah Mitford was the youngest of the Mitford sisters, as well as the last surviving. She was known as "Debo" to her friends and family and she was born March 31, 1920, in Oxfordshire, England. Deborah wasn't in search of the diametrically opposed political bluster that would plague the communist…

Nancy Mitford

Nancy Mitford: The Novelist

Nancy Mitford's life was a soap opera, a comedy of manners, and a romantic tragedy. She and her five sisters were the scandalous “it” girls of London society in the turbulent 1920s and ’30s, The Mad, Mad Mitfords” as a 1938 newspaper headline called them, famous for being infamous. The…

Unity Mitford: Socialite, Fascist, and… Hitler’s Lover?

Unity Mitford might be the least likely of her sisters to be forgiven when one examines the history. It can be so difficult to tell the Mitford sisters apart. As Laura Thompson points out in her steller book, "The Six", "some people may have thought that Nancy was the Fascist…

Diana Mitford

Diana Mitford – The Fascist

Being referred to as a "friend of Hitler" could well be the most unforgiving moniker history could bestow. Diana Mitford was indeed an uncompromised friend of Adolf Hitler's, as well the wife of Sir Oswald Mosely, the head of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). One of, and arguably the…

stanislav petrov

Stanislav Petrov: The Man Who Saved The World

Stanislav Petrov saved the world in 8 minutes. This is not hyperbole or exaggeration. He quite literally saved the world in 8 minutes. The following post is by guest contributor Dan McEwen, a Canadian novelist [A Force of Nature] and former corporate wordsmith who ventures into the pages of history with endless fascination. He was not…

velvet revolution

Velvet Revolution: The Non-Violent Revolution

The Velvet Revolution was one in a wave of Revolutions that preoccupied the year 1989 and that amounted to the decimation of Communist sentiment in Europe. This particular revolution greeted the world from Czechoslovakia. It was on November 16th, 1989 where 16 students in  Bratislava, Czechoslovakia, gathered for a peaceful…

Vaclav Havel

Vaclav Havel – Poet, President, Humanitarian

The saga of Vaclav Havel and the non-violent overthrowing of a totalitarian regime is a wonderful and little-studied 20th-century story. It was October 5th, 1936 that Havel was born in the Czech Republic in the city of Prague. Unlike many revolutionaries, Havel was born into privilege with a celebrated family.…

Galen

Clemens August Graf von Galen – The Angel Of Aktion T4

By all accounts, Clemens August Graf von Galen was an exemplary figure in his life who now seems somewhat lost to history. His loud and vituperative opposition to the Nazis placed him well on the right side of history and was a great example of charming defiance. Galen was born…

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