30 Facts You Did Not Know About HISTORY

Facts About History

1. Humans have been hunter-gatherers for 99% of their history.

2. Humans are 50% heavier and four inches taller in the past 100 years than they have been throughout most of human history.

3. In 5,000 years of human history, only one disease has been eradicated: smallpox.

4. When Columbus "discovered" the Americas, the continent was already inhabited by 90 million people which was a third of the world's population.

5. Leif Erikson is regarded as the first European to land in North America, nearly 500 years before Columbus.

6. We Are Living In The Most Peaceful Time In Human History.

7. WWI was the sixth deadliest conflict in world history.

8. The Afghan War is the longest war in U.S. history.

9. Napoleon wasn't short. He was actually above the average Frenchman.

10. In 536 A.D., there was a worldwide dust cloud that blocked out the sun for a year, resulting in widespread famine and disease.

11. About 100 billion people have died in all human history.

12. The eruption of Krakatoa in 1883 was the loudest sound in recorded history, heard 3,000 miles (4800 KM) away.

13. Hitler led the first public anti-smoking campaign in modern history.

14. 80% of all marriages in history were between second cousins or closer.

15. Interracial marriage was banned in the U.S. for much of its history: from 1776 to 1967.

16. Armageddon (Har Megiddo) has already been the site of several historical battles, the last in 1918.

17. The pyramids were built by paid laborers. Not slaves. That's a myth by Herodotus, the Greek historian.

18. Mexican General Santa Anna had an elaborate state funeral for his amputated leg.

19. Ice Age Britons used human skulls as cups.

20. Pope Pius II wrote a popular erotic book called "The Tale Of Two Lovers" before assuming office.

21. The first car accident occured in 1891, in Ohio.

22. Ancient Greek democracy lasted for only 185 years

23. The Catholic Church once put a dead Pope on trial.

24. From 1814 to 1830, the flag of the Kingdom of France was plain white.

25. Life expectancy in Ancient Rome was from 20 to 30 years.

26. Christmas was illegal in the U.S. until 1836 as it was considered an Ancient Pagan Holiday.

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

28. 30,000 children took part of a "Children's Crusade" to capture Jerusalem in 1212 AD. Most died in the journey or were sold into slavery.

29. The Aztecs sacrificed 1% of their population every year, or about 250,000 people.

30. Sucking a king's nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland.

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