As Hitler rose to power, he proclaimed himself the genius Germany needed. He was the man to lead the Aryan race -- “from whose shining brow the divine spark of genius has at all times flashed forth” -- to its rightful place in the world.
On Nov. 2, 1833, Plumstead village landowner George Bodle had toast and coffee for breakfast. Soon after, he felt a horrible burning sensation from throat to stomach, along with cramps, projectile vomiting and massive diarrhea.
She was a stunning blonde with splendid breasts. She had a fabled ring, filled with poison, which she used liberally. She was the incestuous lover of both father and brother. These are among the legends that surround Lucrezia Borgia.
Louis XV had Parisian jeweler Boehmer make a fabulous diamond bauble for his inamorata, Madame du Barry. By the time the necklace -- valued at $100 million in today’s currency -- was finished, the king was dead and the lady was banished.