Top 10 Most Intriguing Historical Facts

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There are various historical events that are constantly projected in textbooks and on the news. Some f the facts presented are not legit or correct. There is more to the story than what meets the eyes. This article is devoted to discussing the top 10 most intriguing historical events.

 

1. Pope Benedict IX – the youngest pope:

The youngest ever pope was Pope Benedict IX, who arguably began his papacy at age 11. He is the only pope to rule more than once and to have sold his papacy. He sold his position to his godfather when he decided to get married. He later would regret that decision and gain power once again.

 

2. Kaiser Wilhem II’s lack of accent:

Although German born, Kaiser Wilhem II spoke English without a German accent despite popular beliefs, especially in the film the Red Barron (2008). Although his policies were anti-British, he was part of the British Monarchy. His mother, Victoria, Princess Royal, was the daughter of Queen Victoria. When Queen Victoria was on her death bed, Kaiser Wilhelm II was one of two people at her bedside.

 

3. Napoleon’s height:

Napoleon was always known as the “Le Petit General.” At the time of his death, he measured 5 feet and 2 inches in French measurements. In English measurements, this equated to 5 feet and 6 inches or 169 cm. Thus Napoleon was not really of small stature. Many would thus argue that was quite normal for his size at that time.

 

4. George Washington – the first president of the independent United States:

George Washington was the first president of the independent United States but NOT the first president of the United States. There were 14 other leaders before Washington, including John Hancock who was the most popular.

 

5. The death of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams:

America lost two of its notable presidents on its 50th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence: 1) Thomas Jefferson and 2) John Adams. Both died within hours of each other leaving Charles Carroll of Carrollton the only surviving signatory of the Declaration of Independence.

 

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