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20 Historical Oddities You Probably Don’t Know

Posted by on Apr. 23, 2014 at 5:30 PM
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1. Before the Boston Tea Party, the British actually lowered tea taxes, not raised them.

2. England’s King George I was actually German.

3. Abel Tasman “discovered” Tasmania, New Zealand and Fiji, on his first voyage, but managed to completely miss mainland Australia!

4. Ethnic Irishman Bernardo O’Higgins was the first president of the Republic of Chile.

5. Thomas Jefferson and John Adams both died on the same day – the 50th anniversary of the U.S. Declaration of Independence.

6. When the American Civil War started, Confederate Robert E. Lee owned no slaves. Union general U.S. Grant did.

7. Kaiser Wilhelm II, Tsar Nicholas II and George V were all grandchildren of Queen Victoria.

8. Karl Marx was once a correspondent for the New York Daily Tribune.

9. Josef Stalin once studied to be a priest.

10. Henry Kissinger and Yassir Arafat won the Nobel Peace Prize. Gandhi never did.

11. The Constitution of the Confederate States of America banned the slave trade.

12. The Finnish capital of Helsinki was founded by a Swedish king in 1550.

13. The “D” in D-Day stands for “Day” – “Day-Day”

14. There was a New Australia in Paraguay in the 1890s.

15. A New Orleans man hired a pirate to rescue Napoleon from his prison on St. Helena.

16. Like Dracula (Vlad Tepes), there really was a King Macbeth. He ruled Scotland from 1040 to 1057.

17. In 1839, the U.S. and Canada fought the bloodless “War of Pork and Beans”.

18. Despite the reputation, Mussolini never made the trains run on time.

19. The world powers officially outlawed war under the 1928 Kellogg-Briand Pact.

20. Ancient Egypt produced at least six types of beer. [See them drinking their lovely beer in the picture above.]

Do you know any others?

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LuvmyAiden
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2014 at 5:32 PM
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I actually knew part of those!

jllcali
by Jane on Apr. 23, 2014 at 5:42 PM
11 is not quite correct. It banned the import of slaves to the confederacy. It allowed slave trade within the confederacy. This would have enabled rich slave owners to profit even more off of slaves, as international competition would be eliminated and they could charge more for their slaves.
Euphoric
by Bazinga! on Apr. 23, 2014 at 5:53 PM
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 Interesting

stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM

Interesting considering that not being able to sell slaves out of state or area in other instances made them unprofitable.

Quoting jllcali: 11 is not quite correct. It banned the import of slaves to the confederacy. It allowed slave trade within the confederacy. This would have enabled rich slave owners to profit even more off of slaves, as international competition would be eliminated and they could charge more for their slaves.


jllcali
by Jane on Apr. 23, 2014 at 6:14 PM
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They were allowed to sell slaves within the confederacy. Just not internationally.

Quoting stormcris:

Interesting considering that not being able to sell slaves out of state or area in other instances made them unprofitable.

Quoting jllcali: 11 is not quite correct. It banned the import of slaves to the confederacy. It allowed slave trade within the confederacy. This would have enabled rich slave owners to profit even more off of slaves, as international competition would be eliminated and they could charge more for their slaves.

stormcris
by Christy on Apr. 23, 2014 at 6:18 PM

Yes. I am just saying they had the laws enacted in other states where they couldn't sell them out of state after stopping the other trade and it made them unprofitable. Granted many politicians do not take into account what happens in other places with the same things, but that is why I found the idea that this could make them worth more interesting. 

Quoting jllcali: They were allowed to sell slaves within the confederacy. Just not internationally.
Quoting stormcris:

Interesting considering that not being able to sell slaves out of state or area in other instances made them unprofitable.

Quoting jllcali: 11 is not quite correct. It banned the import of slaves to the confederacy. It allowed slave trade within the confederacy. This would have enabled rich slave owners to profit even more off of slaves, as international competition would be eliminated and they could charge more for their slaves.


D-Town
by Silver Member on Apr. 23, 2014 at 7:01 PM
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#1, Great Britain actually repealed all taxes to the colonies except the tea tax. Even with the tax, the colonists were able to get a higher quality tea at a cheaper price than the dutch tea being smuggled in by the colonists. 

nixore
by Myk Elskling on Apr. 23, 2014 at 11:19 PM
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I knew a handful of those.  There's a great Horrible Histories sketch dealing with George I.

 

thatgirl70
by Bronze Member on Apr. 23, 2014 at 11:39 PM
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I knew some of those. But it's still interesting to read about.

Donna6503
by Platinum Member on Apr. 23, 2014 at 11:47 PM
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I didn't know about New Australia.

But, we can add, President Fillmore'so vice-president was ...

Nobody, he didn't have one.
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