8 WEIRD & INTERESTING HISTORICAL FACTS YOU NEVER KNEW

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History! What is History? Do you know that history is derived from a Greek word Historia, meaning inquiry; knowledge acquired by investigation or the study of past. But do you know that in these events, But do you know that in these events, there are some weird& Interesting hidden facts; Let’s take a Look on it:)

  1. A MATHEMATICIANS LIFE WORK WAS REDUCED TO 40 SECONDS.

Schoolmaster & amateur mathematician William Shanks (1812-1882) Spent this greater part of his life working out on the value of pi to 707 decimal pieces. Nearly or probably more than 60 years after his death, DF Ferguson, Using a mechanical Calculator, pointed Out that he had got the last 180 decimal pieces wrong.

In the late 1940, an ENIAC Computer took 70 hours to Calculate 2,037 digits of pi. In 1958 an IBM computer did in 40 seconds what shanks had done in a lifetime. The millionth digit of pi was found in 1973 & Billionth in 1995

2.MARY DID HAVE A LITTLE LAMB.

Mary had a litte lamb, it’s fleece was white as snow , yeah. This rhyme is quite familiar to us right? But do you know that it has some interesting past? .

Yes , Mary did have a little lamb whose fleece was white as snow ; it did even follow her to school one day. Mary was Mary Sawyyer, an 11 year old Bostonian whose lamb followed her to school one day in 1817 . But the question is, who wrote this poem?

There has been many disputes. Sarah Josepha Hale of Philadelphia signed a manuscript dated on 23rd January 1823 is still in existence, though it was written earlier. This nursery rhyme was first published in an American Children’s magazine in 1830.

In 1860s, A woman named Mary Taylor was trying to raise money for Saving an old church in Boston & took a pair of woollen stockings that had been made from the famous lamb, unravelled the wool & sold small pieces of it attached to cemmorative Cards 10 cents at a time.

She claimed that it was Mrs Hale who wrote this poem, But a man named John Roulstone. A time when Henry Ford bought Mary’s School in 1926, he appointed researchers to look in this whole business, they attributed first 3 verses to John Roulstone & last verse to Hale.

3.WOMEN’S RIGHT TO SMOKE IN PUBLIC WAS A HARD- WON FREEDOM.

On 22nd January 1908, a New Yorker named Katie Mulcahey was arrested for striking a match against a wall in the Bowery district & lightning up a cigarette .

Katie’s crime was violating the Sullivan Act, a law made by City Sponsored by one Alderman Sullivan banning women- only women from smoking in public . Sullivan was responding to pressure from a Christian anti – smoking lobby women’s Christian temperance union whose main business is to get alcohol banned, campaigned against women smoking & thought they’d scored a big success with the Sullivan Act. Katie Mulcahey was arrested the day it was passed.

Hauled before the district court, the fiesty Miss Mulcahey told the male judge: “I’ve got as much right to smoke as you have. I never heard of this new law ,& I don’t want to hear about it. No man shall dictate to me”.

This Case was seen as a cause for Celebration for women’s rights; just as they should be allowed to vote, reasoned feminists, women should also be allowed to smoke.

4.WITCHES WEREN’T ACTUALLY BURNED AT THE STAKE IN SALEM:

Everybody knows about the Salem witch trials, held in Massachusetts, lasted between February 1692 to May 1693. Nearly 200 people were accused of practising witchcraft, even the homeless, the elderly, & even a four -year old homeless girl. The majority of accused were jailed, some were hanged but none of them were burned.

5.KETCHUP WAS USED AS MEDICINE IN 1830s:

We all love ketchup. But do you know it was used as medicine in 1830s? In 1830s , when it came to popular medicine , ketchup was all rage. In 1834, it was sold to cure indigestion by an Ohio physician John Cook. It wasn’t popularized as a condiment until the 19th century. The rest of history we all know.

6.WALT DISNEY DIDN’T DRAW MICKEY MOUSE:

While Walt Disney had the idea of Mickey Mouse & also provided the Voice, the imagery was created by the animator UB Iwerks; he came up with all iconic features. And rest of the Mickey mouse history is iconic.

7. THE 1929 WALL STREET CRASH DID NOT CAUSE A RASH OF SUICIDES:

On October 24th 1929, Black Tuesday, the most shocking stock market crash occurred in US history. It was believed that this financial crisis caused countless deaths by suicide, But this was not the Case.

8.THE BLOODY MARY WASN’T ALWAYS CALLED A BLOODY MARY:

The popular beverage & hangover cure Bloody Mary was not always named Bloody Mary.It was actually called A Bucket of Blood. Interesting & Appetising isn’t it? After a Bucket of Blood, it transitioned to Red Snapper and,finally, Bloody Mary.


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