10+ Historical Facts That Will Make You Say “Wait… WHAT?”

10+ Historical Facts That Will Make You Say “Wait… WHAT?”

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Often when we think of historical people and events, we have a tendency to divide them into neat little boxes that never touch… because let’s be honest, It’d be too weird to think that Adolph Hitler was around during the same time Charlie Chaplin was busy making the world laugh, right? Right.

So what happens when actually, we find out that, as a matter of fact, this was the case, and these two completely different personalities did walk the earth at the same time? I’ll tell you what happens… our teeny tiny minds EXPLODES because, in all honesty, we are just not well equipped to understand the sheer complexities of time itself.

x factor what GIF by T. KyleLuckily for us, the wonderful people at Bored Panda have compiled an incredibly interesting list of various historical events that you won’t BELIEVE took place at more or less the same time (But believe us, they freakin’ DID!) So have a scroll down and take a look… if you think your mind can handle it!

1. America’s Tenth President (John Tyler), was born in 1790… And believe it or not, he has two living grandchildren. Yep, you read that right!

John Tyler, America's Tenth President, Was Born In 1790. He Has Two Living Grandchildren. So This Means...

Now, I don’t know about you, but personally, I’m not sure what is more amazing… the fact that John Tyler has two living grandchildren… or the fact that he was having kids at the age of 63 and then his son was having kids at the ages of 71 and 75! Just think about how bloomin’ tired you are after having kids in your mid 30’s! Thanks but er… no thanks.


2. Marilyn Monroe and Queen Elizabeth were born in the same year (YES, the same YEAR!). And here they both are at the age of 30, meeting at a movie premiere in London during October in 1956!

Marilyn Monroe And Queen Elizabeth Were Born In The Same Year. Here They (Both 30 At The Time) Meet At A Movie Premier In London In October 1956

Isn’t it crazy when you think that two people who were worlds apart, were actually part of the same generation? This completely blew my mind. Marylin and Queen Elizabeth were both born in 1926. This photograph was taken when the pair met each other at the premiere of The Battle of River Plate in London’s Leicester Square. Monroe was there to accompany her (then husband) Arthur Miller, and she stood with him in the receiving line of guests waiting to shake the young Queen Elizabeth’s hand.

3. Harriet The Tortoise (who died in 2006), had actually met Charles Darwin in person!

Harriet The Tortoise, Who Died In 2006, Had Seen Charles Darwin In Person

In fact, she was actually collected by Charles Darwin during his visit to the Galapagos Islands in 1835, which was part of his round-the-world survey expedition. She was then transported to England before being taken to her final home in Australia by a retired captain of the Beagle. It was estimated that she was around the age of 175 by the time she finally passed away in Steve Irwin’s zoo!

4. Woolly Mammoths were STILL ALIVE during the time the Egyptians were building the Pyramids (2660 BCE)

Woolly Mammoths Were Still Alive While Egyptians Were Building The Pyramids (2660 BCE)

Those crazy scientists have determined that wooly mammoths were still roaming around the Earth until about 1650 BC, in fact, these adorable, giant creatures could be found on an island off the coast of eastern Russia at the time! Meanwhile, the oldest of the ‘Great Pyramids’ in Egypt (the Pyramid of Djoser) was constructed during 2630 BC–2611 BC… so basically while man was busy building some of the most incredible structures ever made… wooly mammoths were still bumbling around doing their thing. Isn’t history FREAKIN’ CRAZY?

5. George Washington Died In 1799, and the first dinosaur fossil was discovered in 1824… meaning George Washington NEVER knew that dinosaurs existed!

George Washington Died In 1799. The First Dinosaur Fossil Was Discovered In 1824. George Washington Never Knew Dinosaurs Existed

George Washington died on December 14th, 1799, aged 67 years old. He was the first President of the United States under the U.S. Constitution and was commonly referred to as “The Father of His Country” by his compatriots.
He also, just like anyone else in his time, had no idea that dinosaurs existed… can you imagine!? Dinosaurs were not scientifically recognized until 1824 when the British naturalist William Buckland first described Megalosaurus, which is now regarded as the first dinosaur ever to be scientifically named.

6. Nintendo was first founded the same year Jack The Ripper was on the loose! (1889)

Nintendo Was Founded When Jack The Ripper Was Still On The Loose (1889)

Nintendo, the Japanese creator of legends such as Mario, Donkey Kong, Zelda and the Pokemon characters is actually MUCH older than the video game era. Originally they made playing cards called “hanafuda”, and was founded way back in 1889.

1889, was also the year the infamous Jack the Ripper, whose true identity has still never been discovered, was creating havoc on the streets of London. This began happening mere weeks before Nintendo came into existence.

7. Anne Frank And Martin Luther King Junior Were Also Born In The SAME. YEAR. (1929)

Anne Frank And Martin Luther King Junior Were Born In The Same Year (1929)

Anne Frank, one of the most discussed Jewish victims of the Holocaust, gained fame with the publication of her diary, “The Diary of a Young Girl”, in which she documents her life in hiding from 1942 to 1944, during  World War II.

Martin Luther King Jr. was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the most visible spokesperson and leader in the civil rights movement from 1954 until he passed away in 1968 (I don’t know, maybe you’ve heard of him!?). Both of these symbols of resistance were born in the same year, 1929. Unlike Monroe and Queen Elizabeth however, these two never got to meet.

8. So er… Star Wars came out the same year as the last guillotine EXECUTION happened in France (1977)

Star Wars Came Out The Same Year As The Last Guillotine Execution In France (1977)

Now I know I have a few Star Wars fans out there, and we know it premiered in the U.S. on May 25th 1977.
Well, something else slightly more gruesome was happening at the same time this epic sci-fi flick was blowing the minds of movie-goers all over the world… the medieval practice of guillotine execution was STILL happening in France. The last victim was a man named Hamida “Pimp Killer” Djandoubi, who was beheaded for the torture and murder of a young woman. Thankfully, this was the last use of the guillotine in France.

9. The last public hanging happened in the UK in 1868… and you could catch the London Underground to go see it.

You Could Take The London Underground To The Last Public Hanging In The UK (1868)

Hanging used to be a common punishment in the UK (God bless the Brits eh!) and it was this way until 1868.

5 years earlier (in 1863), the maiden journey of the London Underground took place. There was a working station close to Newgate prison, so, basically… it is incredibly feasible that many Londoners would have caught the tube in order to watch somebody get hanged. Something to think about on your next commute, eh?

10. Two of the world’s truest treasures, Princess Diana and Mother Teresa, died mere days apart in 1997

Princess Diana And Mother Teresa Died Days Apart In 1997

Princess Diana (rest her precious soul) was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31st, whereas Mother Teresa died on September 5th after a struggle with her health. She died in India and was granted a state funeral from the Indian government, in gratitude for her service.

11. Okay now, this one is particularly dark… prisoners began arriving at Auschwitz just days after Mcdonald’s was founded in 1940.

Prisoners Arrived At Auschwitz Just Days After Mcdonald's Was Founded (1940)

Ah, McDonald’s, the American-staple of fast food dining fun for all the family. It is traditionally associated with good, wholesome times, great burgers and 1950’s America, and these days you can’t throw a stone in your neighborhood without hitting at least 3 of them.

 The very first restaurant was opened on May 15th, 1940… and just 5 days later, the first prisoners arrived at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland. Something to think about next time you grab yourself a Happy Meal, right?

12. Ecstasy was… weirdly enough, invented the same year the Titanic sank (1912)

Ecstasy Was Invented The Same Year The Titanic Sank (1912)

The ‘unsinkable’ (yikes) Titanic sank in 1912 four days into the ship’s maiden voyage from Southampton to New York City.
Also happening in 1912, pharmaceutical giant Merck wanted to develop substances that stopped abnormal bleeding so a chemist named Anton Köllisch synthesized MDMA in order to avoid a patent by rival Bayer.

It actually wasn’t until 1975 that the somewhat “psychoactive” effects of the drug began to be taken seriously, and recreational use spread like the PLAGUE thereafter.

 13. France’s beautiful Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in 1889 for The World’s Fair… 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

Van Gogh’s The Starry Night is regarded as one of his finest works and is also one of the most recognized paintings in pretty much the history of Western Culture (and if you’ve never seen it, then where have you freakin’ been!?)
And, yep, you guessed it! One of the most recognized buildings (aka, the Eiffel Tower) in the history of Western Culture) was built in the exact same year that Van Gogh painted his masterpiece in 1889.

So there we have it! Are your minds sufficiently blown? Because I know mine freakin’ was! In fact… I think I may need to lie down a couple of days and re-evaluate everything I learned in History class. Don’t forget to impress your friends with your new found knowledge by liking and sharing this post with them all. Happy learning! AA xx