Josip Broz, known as Tito, was a Second World War Yugoslavian resistance leader and charismatic Socialist President of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia from 1943 to 1980.
A combination of pride, fear and jealousy had spurred Stalin to attempt to have Tito killed – and no less than 22 assassination attempts had been made in the years after the war.
Tito, tired of Stalin’s attempts to assassinate him, openly wrote: “Stop sending people to kill me! We’ve already captured five of them, one of them with a bomb and another with a rifle… If you don’t stop sending killers, I’ll send a very fast working one to Moscow and I certainly won’t have to send another.” This was certainly the most badass and coolest line in History.
Ironically enough, Stalin’s death – either by natural causes or at the hands of a Tito assassin – was largely his own doing.
He ruled with such ruthlessness – executing anyone who stood in his way or defied his orders – that even his own security team was effectively paralysed with fear.
In 1955 when Nikita Khrushchev visited Belgrade, he apologised to Tito for Stalin’s assassination attempts, and congratulated him on his survival.
He said: ‘You did well in protecting yourself. You had good guards and good informants who informed you about everything Stalin was planning for you.’
Tito responded: ‘Stalin knew that I was very well guarded. After many warnings that it was enough sending assassins, he evidently got a bit scared.’
Parents like to tell children that playing too many video games will melt their brains. Actually, surgeons in the medical community who grew up playing video games make an average of 37% fewer mistakes than their video game illiterate colleagues.
Aircraft carrier was laid down for the Royal Navy during World War II as HMS Vengeance, but was completed only shortly before the war’s end, and did not see combat. After stints as a training vessel and Arctic research ship, the carrier was loaned to the Royal Australian Navy from 1952 to 1955. She was returned to the British, who sold her in 1956 to Brazil.
Aircraft carrier underwent a four-year conversion in the Netherlands to make her capable of operating heavier naval aircraft. She was commissioned into the MB as Minas Gerais in 1960; the first purchased by a Latin American nation, but the second to enter service, behind the Argentinian ARA Independencia. Between 1987 and 1996, the carrier was unable to operate fixed-wing aircraft because of a defective catapult, and was retasked as a helicopter carrier and amphibious assault ship.
Minas Gerais remained in service until 2001, when she was replaced by NAe São Paulo. At the time of her decommissioning, she was the oldest operational aircraft carrier in the world, and the last operational unit of the World War II Light Fleet design. Despite attempts to preserve the carrier as a museum ship, and after several failed attempts to auction the ship off (including a listing on eBay), Minas Gerais was sold for scrap in 2004 and taken to Alang for breaking up.