After securing Ivory Coast’s place at the 2006 Football World Cup, the team’s star striker and national icon Didier Drogba pleaded with the combatants of Ivory Coast to lay down their arms, which resulted in a cease-fire after Ivory Coast was embroiled in 5 years of civil war. He also donated $3 million from his Pepsi signing bonus to build a hospital in his hometown.
Actor Sean Bean was once punched in the eye and stabbed in the arm with broken glass at a bar defending a former Playboy Model. He refused an ambulance and then ordered another drink.
In 1944, a Canadian soldier named Leo Major singlehandedly captured 93 Nazi soldiers in the Netherlands. In 1945, he again singlehandedly liberated the City of Zwolle in the Netherlands with a population of 50,000 from the occupation of several hundred German soldiers. He killed several Nazis and ran up and down the streets shooting a machine gun and tossing grenades. The Germans fled panicking that a large body of Canadian force was attacking them. He was blind in one eye at that time, from a grenade wound he had suffered in 1941.
Natwarlal was a noted Indian conman who is known for having repeatedly “sold” the Taj Mahal, the Red Fort, the President’s residence and also the Parliament House of India along with its 545 sitting members including the then Indian Prime Minister. He used more than 50 aliases, was a master of disguise, used novel ideas to cheat and was master in forging signatures of famous personalities. He was arrested several times, but in 1996, the wheelchair-bound octogenarian vanished while being transported from prison to a hospital for treatment.
Actor James Doohan, who played Scotty in Star Trek served in the Canadian Army during World War 2. He first saw combat at Juno Beach. He shot two snipers, led his men through a minefield, but was later wounded by friendly fire (six rounds from a machine gun). One bullet to the chest was stopped by his cigarette case; another severed his right middle finger and four hit his leg. After recovering, he served as an air observation pilot and once slalomed a light observation aircraft between mountainside telegraph poles just to prove that it could be done.
Mikhail Panikakha was a Russian Marine who volunteered during the Battle of Stalingrad. When the Soviets were reduced to mere hundreds, Germans drove tanks over Soviet trenches to collapse them and bury their occupants. Out of antitank grenades, Panikakha lit a Molotov cocktail, when a bullet struck the bottle and engulfed him in flames. Despite being on fire, he picked up another Molotov, climbed on top of the tank and smashed the bottle on the engine compartment. The tank, along with Panikakha exploded almost immediately. Seeing this, the Germans retreated.
During the 1947 India-Pakistan war, India's Major Piru Singh was tasked to lead his men through a narrow mountain ridge to recapture an Indian post. Singh picked up his submachine gun and charged up the ridge, bellowing loudly. They came under fire from machine guns and grenades. On reaching the top, he was out of ammo, all his men were dead and blasts tore off most of his clothes. In a rage, he hurled grenades at a trench and bayoneted the occupants, when an enemy grenade tore off half his face. Bleeding and blind in one eye, he threw another grenade at the second enemy trench when a bullet to the head took him out, but his grenade wiped out the last enemy position, accomplishing his mission.
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In 2013, a Bosnian shepherd named Blazo Grkovic was attacked by a bear when he was tending to a baby goat. Unable to draw the small hand ax he kept on his person, he defended himself by grabbing the bear's throat and strangling it to death. He then traveled more than a mile over rough, mountainous terrain before he was able to contact an ambulance and be treated for a number of bruises and lacerations.
In 1945, a man named Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived the atomic blast at Hiroshima. He dragged himself to an air-raid shelter, spent the night. Next morning he caught a train so that he could arrive at his job on time in Nagasaki, where he survived another atomic blast. He went on to have two daughters and lived to be 93 years old.
During the 2011 Japanese earthquake, 50 workers at the Fukushima nuclear power plant did not leave even though 750 others had been evacuated. For four days they kept the reactor from melting down until backup arrived, saving countless lives.