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Historical Events | War Stories

The story behind the brief war that once broke out between Greece and Bulgaria over 95 years ago.

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Background

Before the incident, the strained relations between Greece and Bulgaria had already been simmering. Since the early 20th century, their rivalry over Macedonia and later Western Thrace led to years of guerrilla warfare between rival groups in 1904 and again in 1908. Further conflict erupted between the two during the Second Balkan War of 1913 and the First World War (Macedonian front, circa 1916–1918).

These conflicts resulted in half of Macedonia’s broader region coming under Greek control following the Balkan Wars. Western Thrace later followed this by the Treaty of Neuilly after the First World War.

The majority of the population in both of the regions was Bulgarian. Because they remained targets of Bulgarian irredentism in the interwar period, Bulgarian-based Internal Revolutionary Organisation (IMRO) and the Internal Thracian Revolutionary Organisation (ITRO) launched raids terrorist attacks in the territories of Greece and Yugoslavia. …


Decades-old ‘Uncrackable Code’ Left By Zodiac Killer Finally Cracked.

Countless attempts and over half a century later and the infamous 340 cipher — so named for its number of characters — has reportedly been deciphered after an astonishing 51 years. Thanks to a team of private citizens working to solve the killer’s code, the message unveils a taunt by the unidentified murderer.

I hope you are having lots of fun trying to catch me…

The decoded message also revealed how the killer wasn’t afraid to be caught, further boasting that, by that point, he had already accomplished his twisted goals.

Upon submitting the findings to the FBI, the code has since been confirmed as broken. …


Aviation Accidents | Historical Calamities

The Empire State Crash of 1945.

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More than 75 years ago, on one foggy morning, disaster struck when a bomber aircraft crashed into the famed Empire State building in a tragic accident.

On the morning of Saturday, July 28, 1945, with World War II still roughly a month shy of finally ending, residents and businesses of the Big Apple were going about their morning. Meanwhile, a B-52 Mitchell bomber aircraft with two pilots, including Captain William F. Smith, and a passenger was on a routine personnel transport mission going from Massachusetts to New York City despite some hazy weather. …


Paranormal Puzzles | Train Wrecks

After disaster struck, one victim’s family receive multiple phone calls over several hours.

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More than 12 years ago, a horrific accident happened in which two trains collided and would claim many lives and leave many more injured. However, it’s what happened to the family of one of the victims during the immediate recovery process that to this day defies all logic.

On September 12, 2008, disaster struck at 4:22 p.m. in California’s San Fernando Valley. A Metrolink commuter train carrying 225 riders collides head-on at a combined speed of 83 mph with a Union Pacific freight train with a crew of three. The collision, now known as the Chatsworth collision, occurred at a curved section of a single track on the Ventura County Line just east of Stoney Point. …


Historical Crimes | Unsolved Mysteries

Who killed Elizabeth Short all those years ago?

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*Given the age of the high-profile case and extensive details surrounding it, this will just serve as a brief reminder that another anniversary has come (and gone) regarding it.

Today marks 74 years since the body of a murder victim, Elizabeth Short, also known as “The Black Dahlia,” was found in a neighborhood in Los Angeles, California in a notably horrific state. Sadly, to this day, in spite of how truly well-known her case has become since, her murder remains unsolved as far as who exactly was behind it and why.

Who was Elizabeth?

Before she posthumously became better known as the “The Black Dahlia” thanks, in part, to the media at the time, Elizabeth was an American woman who was a native to Boston. The early years of her life were spent in Medford, Massachusetts, and Florida before she later relocated to California, where her father resided. Although it is commonly believed that Elizabeth aspired to become an actress in life, she evidently had no acting credits or jobs during her time in Los Angeles. …


Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

From streams of tinsel and towers of timber

to cities of gingerbread houses, and eggnog galore.

As the year’s end comes closer

may the holiday…


Historical Calamities | Train Wrecks

The French train derailment of 1895.

Source: Wikipedia

Derailed

On the afternoon of October 22, 1895, chugging along its route was the Granville to Paris and Montparnasse express with 131 passengers aboard. However, it was notably running late despite earlier leaving on time from Granville at 8:45 a.m. At the time, the express, operated by Chemins de fer de l’Ouest, consisted of a steam locomotive, №721, hauling six passenger coaches, three luggage vans, and a post van. Upon approaching its Paris Montparnasse station several minutes behind schedule, its conductor decided to speed up to make up for the lost time.

At a pace of 25–37 mph, the train entered the station, during which point, its air brake also failed to deploy. As a result, the momentum carried the locomotive into the buffers, and through a 98-ft station concourse. And things did not stop there. After then crashing through a 24-inch thick wall, the steam beast fell into the Place de Rennes 33-feet below, finally coming to rest on its nose. The incident ultimately killed one and injured six, the latter of which included two of the passengers, a fireman, two guards, and a bystander. The one person killed was a woman, Marie-Augustine Aguillard, who was struck by falling masonry. Before the accident, she was standing in for her husband, a newspaper vendor, as he went to collect the evening papers. …


Amazing Art | Paranormal Puzzles

The Amazing Story of Augustin Lesage

Some people are born with talent. Others learn through and from a variety of means. And then some have it thrust upon them. For one particular man, since the early 1910s, he credited the voices of spirits with his unorthodox leap into the world of art.

On August 9, 1876, in Saint-Pierre-less-Achuel, Pas-de-Calais, Augustin Lesage was born into a coal miner family. Lesage himself began working in the coal mine in the far north of France from an early age. Then, as his claims go, in 1911, at 35 years old, he was working in the coal mine when he asserted to hearing a voice from the darkness speak up. …

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