Masabumi Hosono boarded the Titanic on that fateful day, not knowing that this ride would mar the rest of his life. Hosono was 42 at the time and working as a civil servant in the Japanese ministry of transport. He was sent to Russia in 1910 to research the Russian state railway system. On his way back to Japan, he first went to London, then Southampton where he boarded the Titanic on April 10, 1912.
Masabumi Hosono survived the sinking of the Titanic and was shamed for saving his own life.
On April 14th, the night when the Titanic sank, Hosono was asleep in his compartment when he was suddenly awakened by a steward in the second class compartment of the ship. He managed to get up on deck, only to see that the lifeboats were diminishing one by one. Hosono then began to prepare himself for his imminent death.
But as he watched a lifeboat being loaded with passengers, an officer shouted, “Room for two more!”
A man jumped into that nearby lifeboat and this then urged Hosono to make the jump as well.
Upon his return to Japan and after many struggles during his stay in New York, Hosono found himself to be in the middle of a media circus criticizing him for being a coward. Due to the fuss around him and his perceived failure to save others instead of himself, he was fired from his job and ostracized by society.
His family lived in shame, even though he was eventually reinstated in his job in the ministry as he was too valuable to lose. He worked at the ministry until the day he died.
Later on, after the blockbuster movie Titanic was released globally. It was then that people became more accepting of the actions of the survivors. More people understood that in the midst of chaos, many of the survivors thought of their own families, and thus had such a strong will to live.
Hosono’s surviving family members then declared that they were extremely relieved, as honor has been restored to their family.
Meet “Iron Hand”, The Toughest Knight and Most Notorious Mercenary of the Middle Ages
Apparently, getting hit by a cannonball wasn’t enough to put this fighter down!
More popularly known as Götz of the Iron Hand, Gottfried "Götz" von Berlichingen is a notorious German mercenary whose services were hired by lords and kings.
History tells us that Götz was active in numerous campaigns from 1498 to 1544 - that's for a span of 47 years. He fought not only on the German Peasants’ War but numerous other feuds. In fact, his autobiography gives us information that he has fought at least 15 feuds under his name. This doesn't even include other instances when he was asked to assist in feuds against the Augsburg, Cologne, Ulm, and the Swabian League.
Back in 1504, Götz was badly injured when he was hit by a cannonball during the siege of the southeast German town of Landshut in the name of Albert IV, the Duke of Bavaria. That incident, however, was not enough to put him down....
In 1721, A Russian Carpenter Built The World’s First Military Submarine
Yes, this barrel-shaped wooden vessel was capable of staying underwater. So amazing!
If you thought submarines are inventions of modern origin, then you might want to think again. As it appears, plans for a submersible boat dated back as early as 1578.
History tells us about William Bourne, an Englishman who created one of the first concepts of underwater boats. In 1620, his drawn concept was realized by Dutch builder Cornelius Drebbel.
The submarine was made from wood, had oars for propellers, and was, amazingly, capable of staying underwater for several hours. It had attached tubes that made it possible for air to circulate the surface to the crew below. ...
These 1,800-Year-Old Bullets Reveal the Brutal Roman Attack on an Ancient Scottish Fort
Archaeologists discovered huge numbers of bullets and missile weapons in the area. Talk about a vulgar display of power!
Around 1,800 years ago, a small hilltop fort located in southwest Scotland was brutally attacked by Roman soldiers. The defenders were terribly outnumbered and, as archaeological evidence tells us, they were greatly overpowered since the Roman Empire used massive firepower.
Modern researchers attest that a large number of sling bullets and different missile weapons were discovered in the area of Burnswark Hill. Many of them believe that the assault was intended to instill fear and boast their military strength.
In fact, excavations in the region of Dumfries at Burnswark Hill reveal the biggest number of lead sling bullets found by the researchers. ...