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Category: Diversions

The dictator who changed the course of history

Napoleon was born Aug. 15, 1769. After his education, he was commissioned in the French military in 1785, and quickly advanced. When the French Revolution began, he was an artillery officer. Napoleon’s expertise in the use of mobile artillery and the military tactic of “envelopment” resulted in him being considered one of the greatest military […] …

This day in WND history: Elvis has left the cemetery?

Elvis has left the cemetery? Aug. 15, 2002: An FBI informant involved in a plot to steal Elvis Presley’s body shortly after the rock idol died claimed the Presley family staged the grave-robbing to persuade Memphis officials to move him from the public cemetery to Graceland, now a $15 million-a-year tourist attraction, a veteran FBI agent told […] …

Who knew? Alice Cooper and Glen Campbell were best friends

Alice Cooper on his friendship with Glen Campbell: Who knew that the “godfather of shock rock,” known for his macabre heavy-metal act featuring decapitated dolls, was the best of friends with country superstar Glen Campbell? After Campbell’s death last week, Alice Cooper acknowledged in an interview with KSAZ-TV of Phoenix that the pairing seemed unlikely. […] …

This day in WND history: ‘UFO cult’ infiltrated

‘UFO cult’ infiltrated Aug. 14, 2005: A young filmmaker said he infiltrated the UFO cult known as the Raelians, and was looking to blow the lid off the secretive group with footage he shot while undercover. The documentary was produced by Abdullah Hashem from Mooresville, Indiana. Hashem, along with colleague Joe McGowen, attended a recruiting session […] …

This day in WND history: AP’s strange ethics

AP’s strange ethics Aug. 13, 2003: WND editor Joseph Farah thrashed the largest news-gathering operation in the world, the Associated Press, for unethically publishing WND’s news as its own. Farah, who had authored an amazing expose of the news media titled “Stop the Presses,” wrote in 2003: “For the second time in a year, the AP has flagrantly […] …