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14 Unusual Historical Facts

Posted on: January 2, 2016

1- The continent was already inhabited by 90 million people before Columbus discovered Americas. It was one third of the world’s population

2- Christmas was illegal until 1836 in USA, because it was considered a pagan holiday

3- In ancient Rome, life expectancy was only 20 to 30 years

4- Leif Erikson was the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Columbus

5-  Over a million Europeans were captured and sold as slaves to North Africa between 1530 and 1780.

6-  In the 16th and 17th century, Eiropeans   including royalty, priests and scientists, routinely ingested remedies containing human bones, blood and fat as medicines, for everything from headache to epilepsy

7-            A worldwide dust cloud blocked out the sun for a year in 536 A.D. This resulted in widespread famine and disease

8-  80% of all marriages in history were between second cousins or closer

9- Hitler led the first public anti- smoking compaign in modern history

10- The first car accident occurred in 1891 in Ohio

11- The flag of France was once white, from 1814 to 1830

12- The First World War was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history

13- Pope Pius II wrote a popular crotic book called, “The Tale of Two Lovers” before assuming office

14- Sucking a King’s nipple was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland

11 Responses to "14 Unusual Historical Facts"

I believe the single most important reason to study history is that history teaches us to ‘think’. Whether it is American, European, military, art, ancient, modern, religious, archaeological, etc. history enables us to contemplate the experiences that came before us. It is true that history is the record of our past, however I think history is more than time and place. History allows us to ‘think’ about the greatest question humanity has ever asked…..WHY? Finish the question any way you want. Studying history allows humanity to look at its own reflection. We can embrace the reflection (good and bad ) and be stronger for it, or turn away from our reflection denying we ever existed at all. Which perspective do you THINK humanity has a better chance of survival with?

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knowing history is good as, if we don’t read or know our past record how we connect to our nature, existence, who are we, where do we belong too, who are our ancestors etc 🙂

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That’s right

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Woaah these were really interesting!! Thanks for sharing these. Some of them are unbelievable if somebody told me this generally, ha!

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Reblogged this on My Daily Musing and commented:
History love it.

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…crumbs! Some really interesting and some really bizarre facts there my friend! Thank you,

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A very interesting and entertaining post but point 3 is a tad misleading. People didn’t die at that age but the high infant and child mortality rate lead to a low average age. If you made it though childhood you stood a good chance of making it too old age, at least late middle age.

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you are right 🙂

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Well it had to happen one day

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