101 Mind Blowing History Facts

1-50 Mind Blowing Facts 

 51-63 Facts  – World War l & ll

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51. Before WW1, German was the second most widely spoken language in America after English.

52. During WWI, the  Ottoman empire slaughtered approximately 1.5 million Armenians and later nearly a million Greeks. These act of genocide would later attract the attention of Hitler and was partially responsible for sowing the seeds of the Holocaust.

53. During WW1, in the US,  Frankfurters – which were named after Frankfurt, Germany – were renamed “liberty sausages”.

54. France, not Germany, was the first country to use gas against enemy troops in WWI.

55. Disease caused a third of all casualties in ww1.

56. During ww1, Tanks were given genders. Male tanks had cannons while female tanks had machine guns.

57. During WW2, Japan invaded Alaska. The total death toll far exceeded that of Pearl Harbor.

58. 80% of males born in Soviet Union in 1923 were killed in WW2.

59. Adolf Hitler’s nephew named William Hitler was in the U.S. Navy and fought against Hitler.

60. The swastika was actually a symbol of good before the Nazis got a hold of it.

61. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. were born in the same year.

62. The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day”, in other words, “Day-Day”.

63. In 1945, a man survived the atomic blast in Hiroshima, dragged himself to an air raid shelter, spent the night there, and caught the morning train to arrive at his job – in Nagasaki – where he survived yet another nuclear blast.

64-72 Facts  – Mass Murderers

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64. Hitler only had one ball. Explains a lot. 

65. Hitler lead the first anti-smoking campaign in history.

66. During his youth, Hitler had a crush on a Jewish girl named Stefanie Isa.

67. Hitler originally wanted to be an artist, he applied to the academy of fine arts Vienna twice, but was rejected both times.

68.Under Hitler, an estimated 15–20 million people were murdered or imprisoned by the Nazis during the Holocaust,much more than previously believed.

69. In 1939, Hitler was nominated for Nobel peace prize.

70. Joseph Stalin, the dictator of the USSR from 1929–1953, killed between 20-60 million people; much more than Hitler.

71. Stalin was also nominated for Nobel Peace Prize not only once, but twice in 1948 and 1954.

72. Chairman Mao Zedong tops the lists, having killed 45 million people during China’s “Great Leap Forward” from 1958–1962. He is deeply admired in China today.

73-77 Facts  – Cold War

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73. During the Cold War, the CIA launched Operation Acoustic Kitty in which cats were surgically implanted with bugging devices to eavesdrop on Soviet conversations, after all who would suspect a cat of wearing a wire. The first mission failed after the cat was run over and the $15million operation was dropped.

74. Russia is less than 50 miles away from the Alaskan border. This was a serious threat to the United States back during the Cold War

75. During the cold war, America had a giant underground ice city powered by a nuclear reactor in the north pole.

76. 100 nuclear missiles were still left in Cuba, after the Cuban missile crisis.

77. A high school calculator has six times more processing power than the computer that landed Apollo 11 on the moon.

78-92 A Matter of Time

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78. In the last 3000 years, there has been only 240 years of peace throughout the civilized world.

79. There are more slaves today than any other time in history.

80. The time difference between a stegosaurus and a Tyrannosaurus Rex is larger than the time difference between a Tyrannosaurus Rex and you.

81. Oxford University predates the Aztec empire by 250 years.

82. Nintendo crop. – Creator of Mario and Pokémon – was established before the fall of the Ottoman Empire.

83. Jerusalem is one of the oldest  still existing cities on earth – it has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, captured and recaptured 44 times and attacked 52 times.

84. The first person to be killed in a car accident was a woman.

85. Around 1 AD, the region that is now India controlled 32 percent of the world’s GDP. A thousand years later, it had since fallen to 3.2 percent.

86. Spain was still a fascist dictatorship when Microsoft was founded.

87. Officially, the longest war in history was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly,  lasting from 1651 to 1986. There were no casualties.

88. The Anglo-Zanzibar war of 1896 is the shortest war in history lasting an exhausting 38 minutes.

89. Japan and Russia are still technically at war. So is north and south Korea.

90. France was still executing people with a guillotine when the first Star Wars film came out.

91. Every two minutes, we take more pictures than all of humanity did in the 19th century.

92. Humans have been living as  primitive hunter-gatherers for 99% of their history.

93-101 – Miscellaneous

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93. There is a huge stone pyramid structure under the ocean off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. It is estimated to be al lest 12 thousand years old.

94. The concept of a “rap battle’ has existed as early as the fifth century, where Poets would insult each other in verse.

95. During the 1800s, a baboon was employed by a railroad as a signalman. In his entire career, he never once made a mistake and worked for the firm till his death.

96. The Japanese invented an electric car in 1949 that could travel 200 km per charge.

97. Before the mid-19th century, dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers.

98. The small country of Lichtenstein invaded Italy in 1868 with a force of 80 men and 81 come back.

99. Albert Einstein cheated on both his wives.

100. 80% of all marriages in history were between second cousins or closer.

101. All the decisions and events in the past led to up to you reading our post at present.