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21 Facts That Show a Different Side of History

There are still many mysteries and secrets in human history that scientists still need time to unravel. But even without them, there are many facts, events, and personalities that can surprise us so that we see the past in a new way.

WeGoRo has found a few such facts and has rushed to share them with you.

  • The youngest Pope was 11 years old.
  • It is not known for sure who removed the Sphinx’s nose. There is a picture of the Sphinx made in 1737, 60 years before Napoleon came to Egypt.
  • In the end of the 19th century, you could still take your wife to the market and sell her. This tradition was a kind of scam for unsuspecting spouses.
  • On the 100th anniversary of the Patriotic War of 1812 in the Russian Empire, not only witnesses of the events but also participants of the Battle of Borodino were found alive.
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the author of famous philosophical works about how to raise kids, sent all of his five children to boarding schools.
  • In Great Britain, a piece of wedding cake from the marriage of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is kept. The wedding took place in 1840.
  • George Washington — one of the most famous US presidents — never lived in the White House as the building hadn’t been constructed yet.
  • Artist Samuel Morse received a message about his wife’s death so late that he couldn’t make it to her funeral ceremony on time. This encouraged him to develop ways to transmit messages faster.

  • You won’t believe it, but, yes, this is a toilet paper patent. It dates back to 1891. Pay attention to the position of the roll!

  • In autumn 1914, when the German soldiers were approaching Paris, 5,000 French soldiers were transported in one night by taxis to the front line.
  • Soviet archaeologists opened Tamerlan’s tomb on June 20, 1941.
  • In Great Britain in 1947, the ration card system was still in use. The government had to produce additional cards to sew a dress for Elizabeth II.
  • Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space, didn’t control “Vostok-1.” The entire flight was controlled automatically.
  • Jimmie Nicol, a British musician, was actually the 5th member of The Beatles. He was a substitute for Ringo Starr during 8 concerts in Hong Kong, Denmark, Netherlands, and Australia so that the tour wouldn’t stop.

  • In 1969, a bloody war broke out between Salvador and Honduras. It was caused by intense football games for the right to take place in the world championship in 1970.
  • Not Germany, but France was the first country to use gas against enemy troops in World War One. They used gas grenades and soldiers had to wear gas masks.
  • The last execution in Western Europe wasn’t made by poison or a firearm. The person was executed by a guillotine. It happened in 1977.
  • Children were widely used to sweep chimneys in England for more than 200 years. Kids are small, so they could fit in the chimney, but later doctors claimed that is was very dangerous for their health, so this job was banned.

Do you know any other facts that we didn’t mention here? Tell us in the comments!

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