#21 Orville Wright Was Still Alive When Hiroshima And Nagasaki Were Bombed (1945)

Orville Wright Was Still Alive When Hiroshima And Nagasaki Were Bombed (1945)

The Wright brothers are rightly credited with inventing what we know as airplanes, and it must have been tremondously difficult for Orville Wright, whose brother Wilbur died back in 1912, to see his life's great acheivement be responsible for the greatest single act of destruction man has ever seen. In 1945 U.S. Airforce planes dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 129,000 people, mainly... Read More

The Wright brothers are rightly credited with inventing what we know as airplanes, and it must have been tremondously difficult for Orville Wright, whose brother Wilbur died back in 1912, to see his life's great acheivement be responsible for the greatest single act of destruction man has ever seen. In 1945 U.S. Airforce planes dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, killing at least 129,000 people, mainly civilians.

Orville died in 1948 and expressed sadness in an interview about the death and destruction brought about by the bombers of World War II:

"We dared to hope we had invented something that would bring lasting peace to the earth. But we were wrong ... No, I don't have any regrets about my part in the invention of the airplane, though no one could deplore more than I do the destruction it has caused. I feel about the airplane much the same as I do in regard to fire. That is, I regret all the terrible damage caused by fire, but I think it is good for the human race that someone discovered how to start fires and that we have learned how to put fire to thousands of important uses."

Wikimedia Commons , Charles Levy Report

Eric Mac Fadden 3 weeks ago

Lucky Santos Dumont never saw it, but unfortunately saw men fly at war.... he also was my granny's cousin...

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#22 Charlie Chaplin And Adolf Hitler Were Both Born In 1889. Interestingly, Chaplin Portrayed Hitler In The 1940 Satire "The Great Dictator"

Charlie Chaplin And Adolf Hitler Were Both Born In 1889. Interestingly, Chaplin Portrayed Hitler In The 1940 Satire "The Great Dictator"

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films. Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis.

At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin plays both leading roles: a... Read More

The Great Dictator is a 1940 American political satire comedy-drama film written, directed, produced, scored by and starring British comedian Charlie Chaplin, following the tradition of many of his other films. Chaplin's film advanced a stirring, controversial condemnation of Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, fascism, antisemitism, and the Nazis.

At the time of its first release, the United States was still formally at peace with Nazi Germany. Chaplin plays both leading roles: a ruthless fascist dictator and a persecuted Jewish barber. Coincidentally, Chaplin and Hitler were the same age, both being born in 1889.

Source: Wikipedia

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Nadja Lambacher 3 weeks ago

They were even born in the same week. Also Chaplin had the moustache first!

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#23 Eiffel Tower Was Inaugurated In 1889 For The World's Fair, Which Was The Same Year Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Was Painted

Eiffel Tower Was Inaugurated In 1889 For The World's Fair, Which Was The Same Year Van Gogh's 'Starry Night' Was Painted

Regarded as among Van Gogh's finest works, The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture. One of the most recognized buildings, the Eiffel Tower, was built in the same year that Van Gogh painted his masterpiece, 1889. The tower was only supposed to serve as the entrance for the 'World Fair' in Paris, but as we now know, it has become a... Read More

Regarded as among Van Gogh's finest works, The Starry Night is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture. One of the most recognized buildings, the Eiffel Tower, was built in the same year that Van Gogh painted his masterpiece, 1889. The tower was only supposed to serve as the entrance for the 'World Fair' in Paris, but as we now know, it has become a permanent and much-loved fixture of the Paris skyline. 1889 was  quite the year for iconic works!

Vincent van Gogh , Todd and Mackenzie Report

Michel M. Prins 3 weeks ago

The timing is perfect, especially since Van Gogh was also very inspired by several French artists!

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#24 The Ottoman Empire Existed The Second To Last Time The Chicago Cubs Won The World Series (1908)

The Ottoman Empire Existed The Second To Last Time The Chicago Cubs Won The World Series (1908)

Before the Chicago Cubs won the World Series in 2016, they hadn't won one previously since 1908. That means that the second-to-last time the Cubs tasted victory, the Ottoman Empire still existed, before it was dissolved after defeat in World War 1 and became modern day Turkey.

George R Lawrence , chicagocubsonline Report

Ana Nogueira 3 weeks ago

Why is it called World Series, if it only happens in the USA?

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#25 The Colosseum In Rome, Italy, Was Unveiled In 80 A.D., Around The Same Time The Gospel Of Luke And The Acts Of The Apostles In The Bible Were Written

The Colosseum In Rome, Italy, Was Unveiled In 80 A.D., Around The Same Time The Gospel Of Luke And The Acts Of The Apostles In The Bible Were Written

Luke is the longest of the four gospels and the longest book in the New Testament; together with Acts of the Apostles it makes up a two-volume work from the same author, called Luke–Acts. The most probable date for its composition is around 80–110 AD, and there is evidence that it was still being revised well into the 2nd century.

Meanwhile the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian... Read More

Luke is the longest of the four gospels and the longest book in the New Testament; together with Acts of the Apostles it makes up a two-volume work from the same author, called Luke–Acts. The most probable date for its composition is around 80–110 AD, and there is evidence that it was still being revised well into the 2nd century.

Meanwhile the Colosseum, also known as the Flavian Amphitheatre, was completed in 80AD. It is the largest amphitheatre ever built, and could hold between 50,000 and 80,000 spectators. It was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles such as mock sea battles , animal hunts, executions, re-enactments of famous battles, and dramas based on Classical mythology.

Source: Wikipedia (1,2)

Wikimedia Commons , Willem van Valkenburg Report

Nightsong Ceawlin 3 weeks ago

The Colosseum must have been beautiful in its prime. I would have liked to see it then.

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#26 The First Underground Line In London Was Opened On January 10, 1863. At That Time, The Civil War Was Still Raging In The United States

The First Underground Line In London Was Opened On January 10, 1863. At That Time, The Civil War Was Still Raging In The United States

The idea for construction of the London Underground appeared in the 1830s, and on January 10th, 1863, the first underground line was opened. At that time the Civil War in the United States was still being fought, and it wasn't until December 1865 that the famous 13th Amendment to the US Constitution was adopted, meaning that slavery was to be abolished.

Fotosearch , PROclogsilk Report

Daria B 3 weeks ago

Seeing this photo makes me curious about the infrastructure related technology. If it was really underground, considering old trains were slower than now, how did they manage to not get the whole place filled with all that smoke, possibly suffocating the passengers, the drivers and everyone else?

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#27 Charlie Chaplin Died In 1977, The Same Year Apple Was Incorporated

Charlie Chaplin Died In 1977, The Same Year Apple Was Incorporated

Another surprising link between two vastly different eras, the silent films of Charlie Chaplin and the beginning of the computer age. Chaplin died aged 88 in 1977, in Switzerland after suffering a stroke in his sleep. Apple Computers was incorporated in the same year, showing just how rapidly technology had advanced in the post-war years.

Hulton Archive , Kimberly White Report

Louplou 3 weeks ago

Wow! What a year 1977 was...also the year I was born (ok that's probably less momentous in a global sense!) ;p

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#28 Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Was Published In The Summer Of 2007. The Same Summer First Iphone Model Was Released

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Was Published In The Summer Of 2007. The Same Summer First Iphone Model Was Released

The seventh and last book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released in 2007, ending the series that began in 1997 with the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's StoneThat same year something came along that has probably done more to kill children's interest in reading more than anything else, the first Iphone.

David Paul Morris Report

Susanna Vesna 3 weeks ago

Only 11 years ago, but feels like another era! Time flies too fast these days!

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#29 The Brooklyn Bridge Was Being Built During The Battle Of Little Bighorn (1876)

The Brooklyn Bridge Was Being Built During The Battle Of Little Bighorn (1876)

'Custer’s Last Stand” at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 took place at the same time that the world's first steel wire suspension bridge, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, was under construction.

The battle was fought between forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes and the United States Army. The defeat of US forces, led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, was the most significant action of... Read More

'Custer’s Last Stand” at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876 took place at the same time that the world's first steel wire suspension bridge, the iconic Brooklyn Bridge, was under construction.

The battle was fought between forces of the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne, and Arapaho tribes and the United States Army. The defeat of US forces, led by Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer, was the most significant action of the Great Sioux War of 1876.

The Brooklyn Bridge still stands proud, having undergone major renovation works between 2011-2015, and carries roughly 150,000 vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians between Manhattan and Brooklyn each day.

Seifert Gugler & Co. , mrfrison Report

Carolyn Osborn 3 weeks ago

Did they say the Brooklyn bridge was the first or simply using it as a very well known reference? Other perhaps earlier bridges wouldn’t be known by most people.

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#30 Buffalo Bill Cody Was Alive At The Same Time The Germans Were Bombing With Zeppelins (1916)

Buffalo Bill Cody Was Alive At The Same Time The Germans Were Bombing With Zeppelins (1916)

Two distinctly different eras of warfare are brought together in the life of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917). The showman was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West,  after he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West' in 1883, taking his large... Read More

Two distinctly different eras of warfare are brought together in the life of William Frederick "Buffalo Bill" Cody (1846-1917). The showman was one of the most colorful figures of the American Old West,  after he started performing in shows that displayed cowboy themes and episodes from the frontier and Indian Wars. He founded 'Buffalo Bill's Wild West' in 1883, taking his large company on tours in the United States and, beginning in 1887, in Great Britain and continental Europe.

Shortly before his death, the legend of the Wild West will have heard about a horrifying new concept in fighting wars, dropping bombs from the sky. German Zeppelins and planes were doing this over Paris in 1916, signalling a giant technological leap in the killing of fellow human beings, far removed from cowboys and Indians on horseback.

Source: Wikipedia

Wikimedia Commons , Wellcome Collection Report

Douglas Campbell 3 weeks ago

So was my grandmother in London.

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