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May 1st and the Illuminati

Happy International Workers Day! 🎉 In case you haven’t seen our previous May 1st story, we wanted to make sure you aren’t missing out another important celebration.   May 1st is mostly known as the international workers day or Labour Day. But for secrets and conspiracy enthusiasts it is also the founding day of the…

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May 1, 2021

The story of Austrian satirical writer and journalist- Moritz Gottlieb Saphir

Nowadays, comedy and satire writers are quite popular and are especially liked by those who aren’t the target of their content 😀 But in the 1st half of the 19th century, being a satirical writer was quite a dangerous job. One wrong joke and you can get summoned to a duel or even face imprisonment….

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February 8, 2021

The success of Madame Tussaud- Part II

Some days ago, we told you about the childhood and early career of Marie Grosholtz, who is now known as Madame Tussaud. While her beginning can be attributed to her mentor, doctor Philippe Curtius, becoming an icon was definitely her own doing.   Already early on Marie loved creating wax models of celebrities. Back in…

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December 11, 2020

The Coronation of Napoleon

The magnificent church of Notre Dame in Paris was particularly full on the 2nd of December, 1804. Although it was a Sunday, the local Parisians did not come to attend the Sunday mass but rather to witness an event with incredible significance in European history. For many, the ceremony they were about to witness was…

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December 2, 2020

Happy birthday Madame Tussaud- Part I

Have you visited the Madame Tussaud’s museum in Vienna already? Well, in any case, after reading this story you can visit it knowing who Madame Tussaud actually was. 🙂   Born in Strasbourg, France on the 1st of December, 1761, Marie Grosholtz (later Tussaud) was raised by her hard working single mother. Her father, Joseph…

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December 1, 2020

Grand Duke Leopold abolishes the death penalty

Leopold II, the third son of Maria Theresa and the brother of emperor Joseph II, was undoubtedly an impressive man and a great emperor. Despite his short reign, he managed to continue his brother’s reforms in a moderate manner which was more acceptable and arguably more effective. Before he became the emperor, however, Leopold (or…

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November 30, 2020

Leopold Mozart- Wolfgang’s creator and tormentor

Few days ago, on the 14th of November, we celebrated Mozart’s birthday!   No, it wasn’t the birthday Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart that we celebrated, but his father- Leopold Mozart. If you are a hardcore Mozart fan, we would understand if you are having some mixed feelings about this. After all, Leopold Mozart was not only…

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November 17, 2020

Count Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi- The man who envisioned Europe United

Have you heard of Aoyama Eijiro? No? Well if you are interested in European politics, you might recognize his Austrian name- Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi.   Richard von Coudenhove-Kalergi was a half Austrian half Japanese politician and philosopher who had a great vision of a unified Europe. As a pioneer of European integration, he served as…

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November 16, 2020

Happy Birthday Hedy Lamarr

She was one of Hollywood’s most beautiful actresses of her time. So beautiful in fact, that people couldn’t believe she was also an inventor who made some groundbreaking discoveries!   The story of Hedy Lamarr is a truly remarkable one. The Austrian actress, who some considered as the most beautiful woman in the world, was…

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November 9, 2020

The Swedish Nightingale in Vienna

She was called the ‘Swedish nightingale’, and she was famed for her extraordinary voice. Jenny Lind was a Swedish opera singer who would find massive success touring both Europe and America, drawing crowds of screamings fans that would have put even the Beatles to shame – and this in the mid-1800s when recording technology was…

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February 28, 2020