Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima when the first atom bomb was dropped. He then travelled home to Nagasaki the day before the second atom bomb was dropped. He survived both and lived to be 93.
History’s shortest war was between England and Zanzibar. It lasted only 38 minutes.
One of history’s most successful pirates was a Chinese prostitute named Ching Shih. She commanded a fleet of over 1,500 ships and 80,000 sailors.
Hitler, Mussolini, and Stalin were all nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Between the 11th and 19th centuries, Buddhist monks in northern Japan practiced a kind of meditation called Sokushinbutsu, in which they would mummify themselves alive by slowly weaning themselves off food and water before eventually starving to death.
Serial killer Ted Bundy once saved a young child from drowning and also received a commendation from the Seattle Police Department for chasing down a purse snatcher.
In the Victorian era, it was popular for people to photograph relatives after they had died, often placing them in lifelike poses.
Roman Emperor Gaius, also known as Caligula, made one of his favorite horses a senator.
Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, Morgan Robertson wrote the novella Futility. It was about the large unsinkable ship “Titan” hitting an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic. Both the Titanic and the fictional Titan did not have enough lifeboats for the thousands of passengers on board.
At the height of his popularity, Charlie Chaplin entered a Charlie Chaplin look-a-like competition in San Francisco. He came in 20th place.
Before the 19th century, dentures were commonly made with teeth pulled from the mouths of dead soldiers.
Seven of the ten deadliest wars in human history have been in China. The Taiping Rebellion alone had twice as many deaths as World War 1.
One of history’s longest wars likely lasted for 335 years and was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Sicily. Not a single person was killed.
In Renaissance France, a woman could take her husband to court if he was impotent.