10 Interesting Historical Facts You Never Learned In School

10 Interesting Historical Facts You Never Learned In School

The facts of history they teach you at school are interesting, of course, but everyone knows that stuff. Not many people know the facts that make history really interesting.

Here are 10 interesting facts that make history really interesting:-

1. 46 BC lasted 445 days and is the longest year in human history. Nicknamed "year of confusion," Julius Caesar inserted two extra leap months this year. This was in order to match his newly formed Julian Calendar with the seasonal year. This calendar is a variation that is still used in most places around the world today.

2. Ketchup was sold as a medicine in the 1830s. In the 1830s, when it came to popular medicine, ketchup was full of rage. In 1834, an Ohio physician named John Cook was sold as a cure for indigestion. It was not popularized as a condiment until the late 19th century.

3. President Abraham Lincoln is in the Hall of Fame of Wrestling. The 6'4 "president had only one loss in his approximately 300 contests. He earned a reputation for this in New Salem, Illinois, as an elite fighter. Eventually, he won his county wrestling championship.

4. While Edison did have an astonishing 1,093 patents, the majority of these were not of his own invention. He stole most of them. While he did land the patent for the light bulb in 1880, the real inventor was actually Warren de la Rue, a British astronomer, and chemist, who actually created the very first light bulb forty years before Edison.

5. Besides being a wrestling hero, Lincoln was also a licensed bartender. In 1833, the 16th president opened a bar called Berry and Lincoln with his friend William F. Berry in New Salem, Illinois.

6. The first car was actually created in the 19th century when European engineers Karl Benz and Emile Levassor were working on automotive inventions. The first automobile was patented by Benz in 1886. It wasn't Henry Ford 's Model T in 1908.

7. Cowboys didn't wear cowboy hats, actually. The big Stetsons that everybody associates with cowboys like John Wayne, Billy the Kid. The cowboys didn't wear it. In fact, the cowboy hat of choice for the 19th century was actually a bowler hat.

8. The first face of the $1 bill was not George Washington. The first president wasn't the first face of the $1 bill! Salmon P. Chase was the first face to appear on this currency. The first $1 bill was issued during the Civil War 1862. At that time, Chase was the Secretary of the Treasury and also the designer of the country's first banknotes.

9. At the age of 32, when he died, Alexander the Great conquered and created the world's largest land-based empire. It's stretched from the Balkans to Pakistan. Modern scientists believe that Alexander has suffered from a neurological disorder called Guillain-Barré Syndrome. They believe that when he "died" he was, in fact, paralyzed and mentally conscious. Basically, he was horribly buried alive

10. Actually, Columbus didn't discover America. Half a millennium before Christopher Columbus "discovered" America, Viking Chief Leif Eriksson of Greenland landed on Newfoundland in the year 1000 AD. The Vikings under Leif Eriksson settled Newfoundland as well as to discover and settle Labrador further north in Canada.

3 Responses to "10 Interesting Historical Facts You Never Learned In School"

  1. In fact Columbus never even laid eyes on the North American continent. All of his contacts with the new world were islands in the Caribbean. It was 25 years after 1492 before Ponce de Leon was the first European to visit our current American land area when he claimed Florida for Spain.

  2. Your right about the facts, I'm impress. I study history its a hobbie of mine so i knew these facts. But good to see it online, helps me win alot of bets.

  3. Item 7: the Stetson- when Stetson made the original hat, it was a joke! He was a trapper that noted beaver skin was water repellent, so it could be used as a flexible bucket you could wear on your head. Then one day a cattleman liked it, paid him for it and the rest is history.