7 Shocking Facts About Famous Historical Figures That Are Hard To Believe

7 Shocking Facts About Famous Historical Figures That Are Hard To Believe

What are the strangest and most wonderful facts of history? The past is full of curious stories, defined by people and their actions. So, here are some interesting facts about famous historical figures that might shock you:-

1. In 1856, Abraham Lincoln gave a speech so captivating that every single reporter forgot to take notes. There is no transcript of the speech in existence and the content could only be guessed at. The speech is known as “Lincoln’s Lost Speech”.

2. Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Although it is very hard to believe, in fact, in 1939 Adolf Hitler was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a member of the Swedish Parliament, Erik Gottfrid Christian Brandt. But the nomination was canceled. No peace prize was awarded to anyone in 1939.

3. Thomas Edison taught his second wife Morse code so that they could communicate in secret by tapping into each other's hands when their family was around.

4. Albert Einstein paid his first wife his Nobel prize money to get divorced. Anticipating the Nobel Prize winner, Einstein offered all his expected prize money to his first wife, Milev Marić, so that she would agree to grant him a divorce.

5. William Shakespeare has written his own epitaph. During Shakespeare's time, when the cemetery was full, the gravediggers would dig the bones of the bodies previously buried in the cemetery and burn them to make room for the new ones. This disgusted Shakespeare, so he wrote his epitaph to discourage anyone from digging him up. Epitaph wrote by Shakespeare is: "Good friend for Jesus sake forbeare, To dig the dust enclosed here. Blessed be the man that spares these stones, And cursed be he that moves my bones".

6. Walt Disney gave his housekeeper shares of Disney 's stock as a bonus every Christmas and birthday, Because Thelma Howard respected Walt so much, she never sold a single share of her entire life and even used some of her own money to buy more on the side.

7. Tesla had obsessive-compulsive disorder, which compelled him to do things in threes, including only inhabiting a hotel room that was divisible by the number three. He had an obsession with pigeons and an aversion to women wearing earrings, contributing to his reputation as eccentric. And hated jewelry, round objects, and touching hair. He was particularly wary of pearls and would not talk to women wearing them; he even sent his secretary home when she wore pearl jewelry. And he was also a germaphobe. After a near-fatal case of cholera as a teenager, Tesla became obsessive about germs and cleansed everything. He has an extensive and rigid personal hygiene routine, uses 18 napkins to wipe his dining room every night, and wears white gloves for every meal.

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2 Responses to "7 Shocking Facts About Famous Historical Figures That Are Hard To Believe"

  1. Interesting..strange.but true ?

  2. Warren Glover
    7 Shocking Facts About Famous Historical Figures That Are Hard to Believe.

    4. Albert Einstein paid his first wife his Nobel Prize money to get divorced. Anticipating the Nobel Prize winner, Einstein offered all his expected prize money to his first wife, Mileva Maric, so that she would agree to grant him a divorce.

    To do justce to the memory of Albert Einstein and his family, I would like to correct a few historical inaccuracies in this one point in your otherwise interesting and informative post.

    Albert Einstein was born a German in 1879. In 1895 he moved away from his family to Switzerland and renounced his German citizenship there in 1896. In 1900 he earned his Swiss acadenic teaching diploma and in 1901 received Swiss citizenship which he retained for his entire life.

    Mileva Maric was a Serbian student in the same physics class as Albert at the Zurich Polytechnic. She was the only female student in the class and was only the second woman to graduate the full course in Mathematics and Physics. Albert was working from 1902 to 1909 as a patent examiner at the Swiss Patent Office in Bern. He and Mileva had become collaborators in study and research at the polytechnic and had become lovers. In 1902 a daughter was born to them but nothing is known of her except the name Lieserl. They married in 1903 and their union also bore two sons, Hans Albert and Edouard.

    Albert and Mileva separated in 1914 and were divorced in 1919. It was while at the patent office, in 1905, that he wrote and published his Special Theory of Relativity and other revolutionary work. In 1914, he was elected to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in Berlin, where he remained for 19 years. And in 1914, Mileva moved from Berlin back to Zurich. Albert's General Theory came in 1916. His Nobel Prize was awarded in 1922 [in 1921 no prize was awarded]. Upon receipt of the prize-money he probably set up a fund of some kind to support his estranged family. Mileva received the interest from the prize money. In 1930 at about age 20, their second son Eduard had a breakdown and was diagnosed with schizophrenia. With expenses mounting by the late 1930s for his institutional care, Mileva sold two of the three houses she and Albert had purchased. He made regular contributions to his sons' care, which he continued after emigrating to the United States with his second wife Elsa (nee Lowenthal).

    It would be, in my opinion, unfair and unhistoric to characterise Einstein's actions about the Nobel Prize as anything but deriving from a sense of duty, responsibility, love and respect for his family. Mileva, while not his equal in imagination and breadth of intellect, was a woman of highly respectable intellect herself academically. She foreswore a promising career for the role of housewife for Albert. IMHO, he would not have been the easiest of partners to live with

    Albert was an astonishingly libidinous personality who for much of his career involved himself in numerous dalliances and ardour at a distance. He was also a voluminous letter-writer. He declared unequivocally that he was not an atheist but that he could be described as a "deeply religious non-believer". I believe the closest academically accepted substitute term would be DEIST, which is how I have described him in every post in which his religious views have arisen. He gave much evidence of holding in profound reverence the vast universe of knowledge that was waiting to be discovered and which was beyond his most earnest efforts to reach. It was a regret that gripped him deeply in his later years.