Thursday, November 7, 2019

20 Insane But True Historical Facts...!

Here are a few crazy historical facts you might be unaware of from Listverse. Some I knew, but others I didn't.

1. Before the Boston Tea Party, the British actually lowered tea taxes, not raised them.

2. England’s King George I was actually German.

3. Abel Tasman “discovered” Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji, on his first voyage, but managed to completely miss mainland Australia!

4. Ethnic Irishman Bernardo O’Higgins was the first president of the Republic of Chile.

5. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the same day – the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

6. When the American Civil War started, Confederate Robert E. Lee owned no slaves. Union general U.S. Grant did.

7. Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II and George V were all grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

8. Karl Marx was once a correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune.

9. Josef Stalin once studied to be a priest.

10. Henry Kissinger and Yassir Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize. Gandhi never did.

11. The Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the slave trade.

12. The Finnish capital of Helsinki was founded by a Swedish king in 1550.

13. The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day” – “Day-Day”

14. There was a New Australia in Paraguay in the 1890s.

15. A New Orleans man hired a pirate to rescue Napoleon from his prison on St. Helena.

16. Like Dracula (Vlad Tepes), there really was a King Macbeth. He ruled Scotland from 1040 to 1057.

17. In 1839, the U.S. and Canada fought the bloodless “War of Pork and Beans”.

18. Despite the reputation, Mussolini never made the trains run on time.

19. The world powers officially outlawed war under the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact.

20. Ancient Egypt produced at least six types of beer.

I figured you might enjoy these little tidbits of history. I know I did.

Coffee in the kitchen this morning!


taminator013 said...

I found #17 especially interesting since I've spent time in that area over the years. Thanks for the great info. As always..........

linda m said...

Thank you for this information. I really didn't know most of these facts. Yay, I may be smart again. Great stuff this AM

HermitJim said...

Hey Taminator...
Always my pleasure to share.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Linda...
Just shows that learning can be fun.
Thanks for coming over today!

JO said...

Well that was pretty interesting always learning something here Thank You

Pass the pot please

HermitJim said...

Hey Jo...
As always it's a joy to have you drop in, sweetie.
Thanks for dropping by this morning!

Mamahen said...

Alot of these were new to me. Very interesting post! Hope you have a wonderful day!

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
I hope your day is great as well.
Thanks for coming over today!

Hermit's Baby Sis said...

Good stuff, Bubba.

HermitJim said...

Hey Sis...
I'm pleased that you think so!
Many thanks for the visit this morning.

Pete said...

On July 4, 1826, at the age of 90, Adams lay on his deathbed while the country celebrated Independence Day. His last words were, "Thomas Jefferson still survives." He was mistaken: Jefferson had died five hours earlier at Monticello at the age of 83.

Pete said...

Pretty sure #6 is a myth made up to paint Robert Lee in a better light. He did, indeed, own slaves. He was a pretty ruthless slave owner as well.