102 Historical Facts That Might Change Your Perspective On Things
Somehow, thinking back about history lessons brings back nothing but a feeling of insurmountable boredom. Yup, the history lessons we’ve had at school brought no joy with all the dates of historical events and horribly bland teaching. Thankfully, later on, the internet was invented (kidding, we’re not that old here!), and we found out how exciting and jaw-dropping our history truly is! And, to share this discovery with you, we’ve compiled a list full of the coolest and the most incredible historical facts. Yup, some of these cool facts are definitely unbelievable, but you’ll see that for yourself.
So, this list will take you down the road of the unexplained as some of these weird historical facts seem to be related more to aliens than to humans. However, if kooky isn’t really your cup of tea, this list also boasts a myriad of fun historical facts. You know, something that wasn’t oh so funny when it actually happened, but now, in retrospect, it looks purely hysterical. In fact, these pieces of interesting history might shed a whole new light on humanity for you! Not necessarily its good part, but exciting nonetheless.
Now, the main question here is this - are you ready to dig deeper with these interesting historical facts? If so, then scroll on down below and check them out! Be sure to give the most unbelievable facts your vote and share this article with all the history buffs you know.
Marie Curie, the famous nobel prize-winning physicist’s notebook still can not be handled safely as it is still radioactive.
The word 'quarantine' comes from 'quarantena', meaning “forty days” in 14th century Venetian. The Venetians imposed a 40-day isolation of ships and people arriving in their lagoon during the Black Death.
Charlie Chaplin enrolled in a Charlie Chaplin lookalike competition and he came 20th in rank.
Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with tea-making equipment and facilities.
Cleopatra was not Egyptian.
Columbus didn't actually 'discover' America. The Vikings' had early expeditions to North America around the year 1000 A.D.
The Germans and British soldiers paused the war for a day during Christmas Day 1914. They sang, drank and celebrated together.
The pyramids of Giza were built when pre-historic woolly mammoths were still walking the earth.
Vincent van Gogh painted his masterpiece "The Starry Night" in 1889, the same year that Nintendo formed as a corporation.
The Olympics used to award medals for art.
A lot of history's disasters were caused by sleep deprivation.
One of the most successful pirates in history is a woman - Ching Shih.
Pope Gregory IX declared war on the cat population.
There is more time separating Stegosaurus and Tyrannosaurus Rex than Tyrannosaurus Rex and us.
In the battle of Pelusium, the Persians knew that Egyptians worshipped cats and were forbidden to kill them. So the Persians used them as shields.
In Renaissance France, a woman could take her husband to court if he was impotent.
46 BC was 445 days long and is the longest year in human history. Nicknamed the annus confusionis, or “year of confusion”, this year had two extra leap months inserted by Julius Caesar.
Space travel was first proposed in the 1600s.
The 1985 discovery of the Titanic stemmed from a secret United States Navy investigation of two wrecked nuclear submarines.
In WW1 an estimated 37 million people lost their lives and in the last year of WW1 the Spanish flu broke out. The flu took an estimated 50 million lives worldwide.
During the Victorian period, it was normal to photograph relatives after they died.
Mauritania is the world’s last country to abolish slavery, and the country didn’t make slavery a crime until 2007.
A Japanese soldier never realized WWII was over until 1974.
A 17-Year-Old high school student designed the current U. S. flag.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa was never upright.
In 18th Century England, pineapples were a status symbol.
Anglo-Zanzibar War of 1896 is generally considered to be the shortest war in history, lasting for a grand total of 38 minutes.
Nordlingen is a German town built inside a 14 million-year-old meteorite crater.
Before alarm clocks, knocker-uppers was a profession where they had to go and wake up by knocking on the doors of the townsman houses.
4% of the Normandy beaches are made up of shrapnel from the D-Day Landings.
One of the reasons Hollywood moved from New York to Los Angeles is to escape Thomas Edison’s patents.
John F. Kennedy, Anthony Burgess, Aldous Huxley, and C.S. Lewis all died on the same day.
100 imposters claimed to be Marie Antoinette’s dead son.
Captain Morgan was a real person.
Richard Nixon was an extremely talented musician. He played five instruments in total: piano, saxophone, clarinet, accordion, and violin.
During the Great Depression, people made clothes out of food sacks.
Winston Churchill smoked 8 to 10 cigars a day.
The world’s oldest film is only 2 seconds long.
The first one GB hard drive was made in 1980 and had a price of forty thousand USD.
Gandhi wrote Hitler a letter imploring him to rethink the war.
The shipbuilders Harland and Wolff insist that the Titanic was never advertised as an unsinkable ship.
In 1834, ketchup was sold as a cure for indigestion by an Ohio physician named John Cook.
In the Salem witch trials, the accused witches weren’t actually burned at the stake. The majority were jailed, and some were hanged.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton lost the nuclear launch codes.
In her later years, Queen Elizabeth I’s teeth were black and decayed from too much sugar.
The first toy advertised on TV is Mr. Potato Head.
The British Royal Air Force accidentally sunk a ship full of holocaust victims in 1945.
Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were both born in 1929.
Turkeys were once worshipped like gods.
The former head of Cuban intelligence, Fabian Escalante, told a British documentary team the CIA had tried to kill Fidel Castro more than 600 times, over a period of about 40 years.
Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to congress before women could vote.
The Soviet Union and the United States were supposed to go to the Moon together during the Cold War.
Women were once banned from smoking in public.
The U.S. government poisoned alcohol during prohibition.
Abraham Lincoln is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.
In 1913 Stalin, Hitler, Trotsky, and Tito all lived in Vienna for a couple of months.
The automobile was first invented and perfected in Germany and France in the late 1800s.
The Great Molasses Flood killed 21 people and injured 150 others in Boston.
The world’s oldest parliament is from Iceland and is called Althing.
The shortest term for a U.S. president was only 2 months.
Julius Caesar was stabbed 23 times.
Tablecloths were originally designed to be used as one big, communal napkin.
Napoleon took an estimated 150,000 horses with his army as he rode into Russia in 1812, only an estimated 1,600 came back.
Historians became a professional occupation in the late 19th century.
In WWI French made a fake Paris to try and fool German bomber pilots.
The Dutch declared a war against the Royalists but no battles happened. It went on for 335 years.
Since the end of WWI, over 1,000 people have died from leftover unexploded bombs.
The earliest known lottery was during the Chinese Han Dynasty between 205 – 187 BC.
Genghis Khan created one of the first international postal systems.
In 1710, Native American leaders traveled to Britain to visit the Queen.
When the USS Indianapolis was sunk by a Japanese submarine on 30 July 1945 survivors were left in the water for four days, during which time around 600 men died of exposure, dehydration, and shark attacks. Estimates of the number who died from shark attacks range from a few dozen to almost 150.
Marie Antoinette never said "Let them eat cake."
Andrew Jackson had a vulgar parrot.
Joseph Stalin edited photos for censorship.
Between 1900 and 1920, Tug of War was a legitimate event at the Summer Olympics.
Fox Tossing was once a popular sport.
Pope Pius II’s 'The Tale of Two Lovers', an erotic novel, was the 15th century’s most popular book.
Paul Revere never actually shouted, "The British are coming!"
Thanksgiving, as most Americans have been taught is not exactly accurate. In truth, native people did not willingly hand off their country to the invaders.
The Aegean Sea owes its name to a man who jumped in it and died.
The supposed Iron Maiden torture device never actually existed.
The earliest known bronze gun, that employed gunpowder, was from the early Yuan dynasty and dates back to 1332.
The Circus Maximum in Rome is still the largest capacity sports arena ever built.
Using forks used to be seen as sacrilegious.
Humanity received the first extraterrestrial signal in 1977.