The jungle sweltered, a thick canopy choking out the sun. Insects buzzed in a relentless symphony, punctuated by the occasional screech of unseen creatures. For 28 years, this had been Shoichi Yokoi’s world, a far cry from the rice paddies of his Japanese village. A soldier declared dead, he was a ghost haunting the verdant shadows of Guam, oblivious to the war’s end and the life that had moved on without him.
In the aftermath of the American Civil War, a unique migration took place that intertwined the histories of Brazil and the United States. Southerners, disenchanted with the defeat of the Confederacy and the social changes during Reconstruction, sought a new beginning. Their destination was Brazil, a nation that, at the time, still practiced slavery and seemed to align with their pre-war way of life.
The elderly couple seen hugging on the bed in Titanic while water floods their room were the owners of Macy’s department store, Rosalie Ida Straus and Isidor Straus. Ida refused a seat on a lifeboat, stating “Where you go, I go” which inspired Rose’s line in the film
After the Second Sino-Japanese War broke out in 1937, the aggressive and disciplined Japenees troops had already managed to take Shanghai, and had just taken the city of Nanking (Nanjing), the capital of Nationalist China. With a retreat of Chinese forces the Japanese took the city with relative ease.