You might be surprised to learn that some of the greatest historical events took place during the same timeframe. Do you think Cleopatra lived at a time closer to the Great Pyramid being built or Neil Armstrong landing on the moon? Facts such as these make us realize that our conception of time is completely inaccurate. Here, we have collected a series of interesting historical events; some of which surprisingly took place at more or less the same time. They may just make you think twice about how you look at the past.
1. George Washington died in 1799, and the first dinosaur fossil wasn’t discovered until 1824. George Washington never knew that dinosaurs existed.
George Washington, the first President of the United States and one of the nation’s Founding Fathers, died on December 14, 1799. Up until 1824, no one knew that dinosaurs existed. In 1842, English anatomist and palaeontologist Richard Owen coined the term dinosaurs; based on the findings of the first dinosaur fossil in 1824.
2. Star Wars was released on May 25, 1977, the same year as the last guillotine execution in France.
The first of George Lucas’ blockbuster Star Wars movies hit American theaters in 1977. Surprisingly, this was the same year convicted murderer Hamida Djandoubi became the last person to meet his end by the “National Razor”, after he was executed by the guillotine.
3. Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe were both born in the same year. Here, (both 30 at the time) they meet at a movie premier in London, October, 1956.
Elizabeth, the Queen of United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms was born in London on April 21, 1926. Marilyn Monroe, American actress, model, and singer, famous for playing “blonde bombshell” characters, was born on June 1, 1926. The two once met on common ground on October 29, 1956, at the premiere of The Battle of the River Plate in London’s Leicester Square.
4. Harriet the tortoise, who died in 2006, had seen Charles Darwin in person.
Harriet, a 176-year-old tortoise, was believed to be one of the world’s oldest living creatures. The giant tortoise died at the Queensland-based Australia Zoo in 2006, and was owned by “Crocodile Hunter” Steve Irwin and his wife Terri. Harriet was long reputed to have been one of three tortoises taken from the Galapagos Islands by Charles Darwin on his historic 1835 voyage aboard the HMS Beagle.
5. Woolly Mammoths were still alive while Egyptians were constructing the pyramids (2660 BCE).
This might come as a surprise but scientists were able to use fossil records to determine that while man was busy building some of the most impressive structures ever made, wooly mammoths were still doing their thing. Scientific evidence shows that he last of the wooly mammoths died out around 1700 B.C. on Russia’s Wrangel Island. Meanwhile, the oldest of the ‘Great Pyramids’ in Egypt, the Pyramid of Djoser, was constructed between 2630 BC–2611 BC.
6. The world’s oldest tree, located in California, was already 1,000 years old when the last Woolly Mammoth died.
Methuselah, an ancient bristlecone pine, was the oldest known non-clonal organism on Earth until 2013. Located in the White Mountains of California, in Inyo National Forest, the exact location is kept a close secret in order to protect it. By counting the rings, the tree is estimated to be around 5,000 years old.
7. Until 1971, women didn’t have the right to vote in Switzerland.
It was not until 1971, 65 years after Finland became the first European country to grant women the ability vote, that Switzerland became the last; not only in Europe but in much of the world.
8. Nintendo was founded back when Jack The Ripper was still on the loose.
Most of us associate Nintendo with our childhood. The company popular for games like Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong, and the Pokemon characters, has been facing a lot of backlash lately after they started issuing DMCA notices to YouTubers who review their products. Backtrack to 1889, the Japanese gaming company was founded when the notorious Jack the Ripper was creating havoc on London streets. According to the Independent, DNA evidence suggests that the man behind the mysterious murders was Aaron Kosminski, a Polish Jew whose family had emigrated to London to escape pogroms.
9. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King, Jr. were both born in the same year, 1929.
Martin Luther King, Jr., born January 15, 1929, was an American Baptist minister and activist who became the face of the civil rights movement from 1954 until he died in 1968. He advanced civil rights through non-violence and civil disobedience tactics, using his Christian beliefs and the non-violent activism of Mahatma Gandhi. Anne Frank or Annelies Marie Frank, born June 12, 1929, was a German-born diarist, who gained fame posthumously through her diary in which she explains her life in hiding from the years 1942 to 1944.
10. The fax machine was invented the same year that the first wagon crossed the Oregon Trail, 1843.
The original fax machine was patented by Scottish inventor Alexander Bain in 1843. The same year, around 1,000 people set off West for Oregon, forming a huge wagon train on what is today known as the Oregon trail.
11. Prisoners arrived at Auschwitz just days after McDonald’s was founded, 1940.
The first McDonald’s was opened by Richard and Maurice McDonald in San Bernardino, California in 1940. The first mass transport of prisoners to Auschwitz Concentration Camps was organized in occupied Poland on June 14, 1940.
12. Orville Wright was still alive when atomic bombs were dropped on Japan in 1945. He died in 1948.
The Wright brothers, Orville and Wilbur, were two American aviators, engineers, inventors, and aviation pioneers, who are known to have built and flown the first successful airplane. Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1871, Orville Wright was always curious about aeronautics. Orville and his elder brother succeeded in making the first free, controlled flight of a power-driven airplane on December 17, 1903. The United States detonated two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively. Orville died on January 30, 1948, after suffering a second heart attack.
13. The Eiffel Tower was inaugurated in 1889 for the World’s Fair, which was the same year Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night’ was painted.
The Starry Night is regarded as one of Van Gogh’s finest works. Painted in June 1889, it is one of the most recognized paintings in the history of Western culture. The Eiffel Tower was built in the same year that Van Gogh painted his masterpiece, that depicts the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence.
14. The Ottoman Empire existed the second to last time the Chicago Cubs won the World Series, 1908.
Before the Cubs won the world series in 2016, the last time they won was in 1908. This means that the Ottoman Empire still existed, the second-to-last time the Cubs tasted victory, before it was dissolved to become modern day Turkey.
15. Charlie Chaplin died in 1977, the same year Apple was incorporated.
Charlie Chaplin, born April 16, 1889, was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer, who won the hearts of millions with his comedic acts. At the age of 88, in 1977, he suffered a stroke that claimed his life. Apple Computers was incorporated the same year Charlie Chaplin died.
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