5 Historical Facts That You Might Have Never Ever Heard Of
Kings, empires, and wars are not the only things that history has recorded over centuries. There have been major incidents throughout history that shaped the world as we know it today. From political revolutions and artistic upheavals to major inventions and natural catastrophes, history has a lot to offer and might always throw up something that might fascinate as well as intrigue you. Here are 5 facts from the annals of history that you might have probably never heard of.
1. When Mexico became anti-slavery
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Slavery has to be one of the most unfortunate man-made tragedies in the history of the world. Enslaving an entire race to work for another under the pretext of servitude of the superior is one of the most tragic philosophies in history that gave fuel to the slave trade around the world. Before the American Civil War, people from around the world, especially from Africa were transported to American soil to be sold off as slaves for plantation workers and to homes. Thousands of African men, women, and children were brought to American lands and sold off in auctions to wealthy landowners. Running away or giving up on life were the only two ways for the slaves to avoid this degenerate life of servitude. In the early 1800s, slaves found a new haven to run to from the enslaving population of Southern US, Mexico. Mexico proved to be a haven for the slaves who decided that enough was enough, and they could no longer serve unconditionally. The slaveholders of Texas took notice of a huge population of slaves fleeing to Mexico and decided to sign a Slave Extradition Treaty with Mexico in 1825. They thought that the comparatively weaker nation of Mexico would give in to the demands of the US but that did not turn out to be the case. Mexico rejected the proposal of signing a treaty to return fugitive slaves and instead stated that any slave that steps foot on Mexican soil would be deemed a free man. Mexico abolished slavery entirely in 1829 and that’s what encouraged slaves to run away to a country south where they believed they would be free. Slave catchers became a notorious group in Mexico during this period as they kidnapped fugitive slaves and returned them to the US illegally.
2. The US Air Force Dropped Nuclear Bombs on its Turf
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One of the most significant instances of World War II was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The world had never before seen such a catastrophe and the sheer magnitude of destruction the two nuclear bombs caused was etched in the history books as one of the most tragic events of the war. Since then, no nation has nuclear bombed another nation and we hope that remains the case. But there was one time in history when the US dropped a couple of nuclear bombs in North Carolina. Surprised why you haven’t heard of this? Well, here’s the story behind it. On the 23rd of January 1961, a US Airforce Boeing Stratofortress aircraft was flying over the state of North Carolina exactly over the city of Goldsboro. Just a few moments past midnight the plane broke apart into two pieces and the payload it was carrying fell to the ground too. The payload was two Mark 39 hydrogen bombs with a payload of four megatons. That’s the equivalent of four million tons of TNT exploding at once. These bombs were 250 times more powerful than the ones that were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and would have created a 100% zone of destruction for up to 8.5 miles. But fortunately, the first bomb, suspended by a parachute, hit a tree and got stuck before striking the ground. The other bomb hit a muddy field and disintegrated, but the core did not explode. The cause of the accident was a fuel leakage of over 17,000 kilograms. How fortunate were the people of Goldsboro that night? If the bombs would have exploded, the city of Goldsboro would have vanished while in its sleep.
3. The Scientists Who Predicted A Disaster
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There are times when learned people such as scientists and researchers can predict the near future based on their calculations and theories. Although we can choose to listen to them or not, when someone warns us of something fatal, we should take heed. This is exactly what the government of Peru did not do and suffered in the future. In 1962, two American scientists were researching the town of Yungay in the Ancash region of Peru. This is when they noticed that a glacier had eroded a humongous boulder on Mount Huascaran Norte and there was a huge chance that this boulder would come tumbling down on the city of Yungay. When the scientists warned the officials, the news reached the ears of the government which began threatening the scientists to retract their statement. Threatened that they would face prison, the two scientists fled from Peru and the locals were forced to never speak of this ever again by the government. Eight years later the prediction of the two scientists came true as the boulder that was set loose by the glacier came raining down on the town of Yungay which resulted in over 20,000 people losing their lives. The rolling down of the boulder was triggered by an earthquake in Ancash on May 31, 1970. The debris of the boulder slid up to 15 kilometers at a speed of over 620 meters per hour leaving only 400 survivors from the town of Yungay in the end.
4. The First Female Mayor of America
There was a time in American history when women were not given the right to vote, let alone stand in an election. That’s what triggered the suffragette movement around the world with women asking the right to vote and choose their representatives. This is the story of a woman who was enlisted in an election to insult and decrease the morale of all women, but fate had other plans. Susanna Salter of Argonia, Kansas was not a politician. Nor did she come from some influential political family. She was an ordinary woman going about with her daily life before fate decided to shuffle her cards and send her in a different direction. During the 1887 mayoral elections in Kansas, a group of men decided they wanted to insult the women who were fighting for their rights by enlisting a woman in the election and then ridiculing her defeat. Susanna Salter was the woman who was chosen as the bait. She was nominated as a candidate in the elections, while her-self being unaware of it. It was only on the 4th of April that she came to know of it since the law did not allow candidates to be made public before the polls. When the Women’s Christian Temperance Union heard of her, they decided to vote for her in the elections. The Republicans decided that they would also like to vouch for Susanna and so voted in her favor on Election Day. With all this sudden support, Susanna ended up winning the elections by two-thirds and registered her name in the history books as the first female mayor in US history. She served for a year and then declined the opportunity of standing in the elections once again.
5. The Pain-Proof Drug-Laden German Soldiers of the World War
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Modern-day movies and TV shows, inspired by comics, have portrayed a wide range of events from history with a fictional addition of meta-humans as soldiers and assassins. Whether it was Captain America or Black Widow, the fascination with humans possessing superpowers has been common throughout history. What if we told you that the Germans attempted something like this and just for an instance, succeeded? The Germans invaded France during the Second World War taking over the districts of Alsace and Lorraine. But there was something inside the soldiers who invaded France, which helped them become pain-proof all along. The drug that Germany administered on its soldiers was crystal meth called Pervitin. The consumption of the pill gave the soldiers the energy to stay awake for three days and three nights at a stretch while fighting with all their energy at all times. When the Germans stormed into France through the Ardennes Mountains, they were all hopped up on Pervitin which transformed the Nazi soldiers into a fearless war machine. The technique of Blitzkrieg made common during this time stood on the shoulders of the consumption of Pervitin. But the drug was addictive and the soldiers could not help but consume the drug even after they stopped fighting. The drug though gave them power for some time, but eventually damaged their psychological and physiological functions, leading them to a complete breakdown.