History’s Most Lunatic Events and People
History’s Most Lunatic Events and People

History’s Most Lunatic Events and People

Khalid Elhassan - August 21, 2020

History’s Most Lunatic Events and People
Shindo Renmei’s first victim, Ikuta Mizobe. Discover Nikkei

1. Violent Lunatics Imposed Their Will on Brazil’s Government

Questioning Shindo Renmei’s lunatic claims was dangerous. Those who dared doubt the assertions of Japan’s victory were beaten up or murdered. By the time it was over, dozens had been assassinated. In 1946, Japan’s new government prepared documents for distribution in Brazil, outlining reality and declaring that Japan had surrendered. Shindo Renmei dismissed that as fake news, and beat up or murdered Japanese immigrants caught reading or distributing the documents.

History’s Most Lunatic Events and People
Colonel Junji Kikawa. Pintrest

To reduce the violence, Brazil’s government prohibited newspapers from publishing news of Japan’s defeat. It also ordered the term “unconditional surrender” removed from official communications. Things then gradually simmered down. A last lunatic gasp occurred in 1950, when Japan’s Olympic swimming team visited Brazil. When its members expressed shock at the idea that Japan had won the war, diehards claimed that the athletes were actually Koreans masquerading as Japanese. That was so ludicrous, that it eroded Shindo Renmei’s last remaining support, and the organization soon vanished into history’s dustbin.


Where Did We Find This Stuff? Some Sources and Further Reading

Asian Conference on Asian Studies – Buddhist Terrorism?

Atlas Obscura – The Cadaver Synod: When a Pope’s Corpse Was Put on Trial

Cooper, Alan D. – The Geography of Genocide (2008)

Cracked – 5 Unknown People Who Shaped History (While Being Lunatics)

Encyclopedia Britannica – Aleister Crowley

Encyclopedia Britannica – Al Hakim, Fatimid Caliph

Henderson, Ernest F. – Blucher and the Uprising of Prussia Against Napoleon, 1806-1815 (2018)

Hofschroer, Peter – 1815: The Waterloo Campaign (1999)

Huffman, James L., Editor – Modern Japan: An Encyclopedia of History, Culture, and Nationalism (1997)

Leggiere, Michael V. – Napoleon and Berlin: The Franco-Prussian War in North Germany, 1813 (2015)

Lesser, Jeffrey – Negotiating National Identity: Immigrants, Minorities and the Struggle for Ethnicity in Brazil (1999)

Llewellyn, Peter – Rome in the Dark Ages (1970)

Medievalists – The Cadaver Synod: Low Point in the History of the Papacy

Medium – 7 Disturbing Facts About Sigmund Freud

Parkinson, Roger – The Hussar General: The Life of Blucher, Man of Waterloo (1975)

Vintage News – The Pope Who Exhumed the Body of His Predecessor, Dressed It, and Put it On Trial

Wikipedia – League of Blood Incident

Wikipedia (Spanish) – Francisco Macias Nguema

Wikipedia – Shindo Renmei