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Much of today’s society is a product of the historical events that took place in our past. Whether it be minor or major, the events that have occurred over the course of millions of years have shaped the planet into what it is today. Can you imagine if the meteor that killed the dinosaurs had missed Earth? What would today look like with dinosaurs still roaming in the wild or filling up our zoos? The results of Jurassic Park certainly come to mind.

However, we don’t have to go too far into the past to see the consequences of major events that have taken place. For example, the Holocaust saw millions of Jews killed during World War 2. What if that never happened? How about the bombing of Hiroshima? The fact that the sky was clear was the only reason the military received the go-ahead; imagine if it had rained that day? The world we are living in could have easily looked much different.

One really awesome aspect of history is that not all of these moments took place in succession. In fact, there are quite a few historical events and moments that took place at the same time. For example, the last public hanging in the U.K. took place during the opening of the London Underground. Another interesting history pairing occurred when Swiss women received voting rights. On that same day, the United States drove the first buggy on the moon. And these are just two examples of many.

We decided to do a little research and have found 30 historical events that took place around the same time and we have to say some are pretty crazy. Personally, we found number #18 to be the most unbelievable. What do you think?

 

30. The Fax Machine & Oregon Trail

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Now this may seem like complete fiction, but it’s true. Alexander Bain, a Scottish inventor, received his patent for the “Electric Printing Telegraph” on May 27, 1843. This can be considered the grandfather of the modern fax machine. In that SAME year, the first wagons of 1,000 emigrants launched the Great Migration of 1843, headed to Oregon via the Oregon Trail.

29. Woolly Mammoths Still Lived During the Building of the Pyramids

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According to historians and recent data, when the Egyptians were building the Great Pyramids in Egypt, there were still woolly mammoths living on Wrangel Island, which is 90 miles off the coast of Siberia. How amazing is that? That means the woolly mammoth was still alive only 4,500 years ago!

28. The Last Public Hanging in the UK and the London Underground

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According to the history books the last public hanging in the UK took place on May 26, 1868. The London Underground station was built a year earlier in 1865, which means that pedestrians could have taken the underground to Newgate Prison to watch the hanging. Surreal right?

 27. Queen Elizabeth and Marilyn Monroe Birth Date

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Queen Elizabeth just turned 90 this year and you know who else would be 90? That would be Hollywood darling Marilyn Monroe! Yep, both of these iconic women were born on April 21, 1926.  It’s almost mind boggling to think that Marilyn would be that age. We bet she would still be bringing that tropical heat wave at 90!

 26. The Invention of the Bicycle and the Steam Engine

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The invention of the modern day bicycle occurred in 1817, which was around the same time the steam engine was beginning to pick up popularity. It seems the population would have a choice: take a train or use your own set of wheels. Personally, we’d go for the one with less pollution, sorry steam engine!

 25. McDonald’s was Founded the Same Day Prisoners Arrived At Auschwitz

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Now this is grim. The first McDonald’s restaurant opened on May 15, 1940 in San Bernardino, CA. At the same time, the first concentration camp prisoners arrived at Auschwitz. World War II certainly had its horrors and oddities when it comes to pages in history.

 24. Ottoman Empire Still Existed the Last Time Chicago Cubs Won the World Series

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It’s hard to believe the Chicago Cubs haven’t won the World Series since 1908, but it’s the sad truth. That means they won 10 years before the Ottoman Empire was defeated in World War I and 14 years before the Empire dissolved and became modern day Turkey. Crazy, right?

 23. Star Wars Came Out in 1977—The Same Year of the Last Guillotine Execution in France

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The same year that the world was introduced to a galaxy far, far away in Star Wars, France had its final guillotine execution. Hamida Djandoubi was beheaded on September 10, 1977 for the murder of a 21-year-old woman. It would be the last time France utilized the method because the practice was abolished in 1981.

 22. Swiss Women’s Voting Rights; U.S. Drove Buggy on the Moon

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It’s crazy to think about but the female population of Switzerland wasn’t allowed to vote until 1971. This was due to the country requiring national referendums to change the constitution and only men could vote on those. In that same year, America experienced a monumental achievement by driving the first moon buggy on the moon in outer space. A historic year for sure, don’t you agree?

 21. Microsoft was Founded in 1975 While Spain was Still a Fascist Dictatorship

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This is definitely an odd page in our history, but when Microsoft was founded in April 1975 by Bill Gates and Paul Allen, Spain was still ruled by Francisco Franco. Known to be a fascist dictator who presided over a regime of terror and national brainwashing, Franco controlled the country with an iron fist. It’s scary to think about.

 20. Brooklyn Bridge Built During the Battle of Little Bighorn (1876)

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This is an interesting piece of history we’re sure you’ll be intrigued by. According to historians, the Brooklyn Bridge was under construction at the same time as “Custer’s Last Stand” at the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. While the bridge would take another six years to complete, it’s interesting that the first steel-wire suspension bridge in existence was being built when Custer was defeated by Crazy Horse.

 19. Orville Wright Was Alive During the Bombing of Hiroshima

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Living long beyond his invention of the airplane, Orville Wright was still alive when planes were used to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima in 1945. While his brother, Wilbur, died in 1912, Orville would live three more years after the bombing before dying in 1948. When asked if he regretted creating the airplane, he said he did not, however he was against its use in the bombings.

 18. The Same Year the Titanic Sank, Ecstasy was Invented

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Talk about some psychedelic history! The same year the Titanic sank on its doomed maiden voyage, scientists in Germany crafted MDMA, also known as ecstasy.  Originally invented as an appetite suppressant, we all know what it’s used for today. Amazing how events can coexist in history right?

 17. Oxford University Existed Before the Aztec Empire was Founded

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Now this is going to blow your mind, so you better sit down! The first year of the Aztec Empire is considered to be 1428 and it ruled the Valley of Mexico until 1521. Well, Oxford University was actually founded in 1096! That means it’s hundreds of years older than the Aztecs? It’s hard to believe, but trust us when we say it’s completely true!

16. Signing of the Magna Carta & Genghis Khan’s Capture of Beijing

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According to history, the Magna Carta was signed in the year 1215, which was a charter agreed to by King John of England. At the same time, Beijing was captured and burned to the ground by the Mongols who were led by Genghis Khan. It seems while one part of the world was celebrating, another was doomed. Oh, history, you’re so unfair at times.

15. The Filing Cabinet Invented the Same Year as the Deli Meat Slicer

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Now this is interesting if you’re someone who likes everyday conveniences. The filing cabinet was invented in 1988, which is the same year the deli meat slicer was invented. Strange, right? Unfortunately, people would have to wait another 30 years for a sandwich because pre-sliced bread didn’t come into fruition until 1928.

14. Port of Houston vs. Mother’s Day Declaration

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Mother’s Day was declared a national holiday in 1914 by Woodrow Wilson. In that same year, the Port of Houston opened for business. The port is one of the largest in the country, extending the length of 25 miles and encompassing both public and private facilities.

13. The Gospel of Luke was Written the Same Year the Colosseum in Rome Opened

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If you’re a spiritual person, you might find this little tidbit of history interesting. According to ancient texts, the Gospel of Luke and the Book of Acts from the Bible was written in the same year that the Roman Colosseum would be unveiled to the public in Rome, Italy, in 80 A.D. Don’t you just love history?

12. Pablo Picasso Died the Same Year Watergate Went to Trial

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When you think of Pablo Picasso it’s hard to not imagine someone who lived in another time and place. However, the infamous artist actually didn’t die until 1973. What’s crazy is this is the same year that the Watergate scandal went to trial and Pink Floyd released his infamous single “Dark Side of the Moon.” You learn something new every day!

11. Final Execution by Firing Squad Occurred the Release Day for Toy Story 3

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Now this certainly is a way to stain a positively happy moment in history. When Toy Story 3 was released on June 18, 2010, the last person to die by firing squad in the United States took place. Ronnie Lee Gardner received the death penalty in 1985 for a brutal murder and was executed in Utah by firing squad on request. Certainly is a dark day for Woody and Buzz Lightyear.

10. The Nutcracker Premiere & U.S. Immigration

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In the year 1892, Tchaikovksy premiered his infamous ballet, “The Nutcracker,” in St. Petersburg, Russia. What’s neat about this year is that it was the same time that Ellis Island in New York began processing immigrants into the United States. A happy time for all, we say.

9. Daniel Radcliffe was Born the Same Year Salvador Dali Died

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This certainly will make some of you feel really old but the year that Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali died (1989), actor Daniel Radcliffe was born. Yep, you read that right; the death of one the greatest artists of all time ushered in the birth of “the Boy Who Lived.” My patronus refuses to believe it!

8. Barack Obama Elected vs. Last Civil War Widow Dies

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Barack Obama won his first president election in the fall of 2008, making history as the first African American president of the country. At the same time, the last known widow of a Civil War vet died in her home. Born into extreme poverty, Maudie Hopkins married the 89-year-old ex-Confederate soldier when she was only 19. Well, we guess she didn’t have to stay married for too long.

7. Deaths of Mother Teresa and Princess Diana

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It’s public knowledge that both Princess Diana and Mother Teresa were good friends. They both bonded over their humanitarian efforts and sadly, they both died only days apart in 1997. Princess Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris, while Mother Teresa died due to her failing health. Friends forever in life and in death.

6. Abraham Lincoln Assassination & the Creation of Secret Service

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Now, talk about really bad luck. Abraham Lincoln was assassinated at the Ford Theater on the evening of April 15, 1865, which was only a few months before the Secret Service was created. What’s even worse is that the legislation to create the Secret Service was on his desk the night that he died. Really poor timing, indeed.

5. Charlie Chaplin & Adolf Hitler’s Birthday

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Both comedian Charlie Chaplin and ruthless dictator Adolf Hitler were born in 1889. Certainly not a birthday Chaplin is proud of, we’re sure. What’s interesting is Chaplin would go on to play Hitler in the 1940 satire “The Tramp and the Dictator.” Mere coincidence? We think not.

4. Leo Tolstoy & First Photographs

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The first infrared photographs were published in 1910. What’s cool about this is that it was the same year Leo Tolstoy, author of “Anna Karenina” and “War and Peace,” died. Now while his death is nothing to be celebrated, it’s definitely a neat piece of history that’s tied together.

3. Hawaii Statehood vs. the Daytona 500

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The Daytona 500 is infamous for its high octane racing and thrilling crowds, however it also shares a piece of history with the state of Hawaii. On the same day when Hawaii achieved statehood in 1959, the first Daytona 500 race took place. Pretty cool, right?

2. Anne Frank & Audrey Hepburn

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The infamous Anne Frank who would go on to inspire the world through her diary, also shares a birthday with one of the greatest actresses to ever grace the silver screen, Audrey Hepburn. Both of these ladies were born in 1929 and have inspired countless people with their bravery; one in the written word, and the other through her emotionally-charged performances. Thank you ladies, we salute you!

1. Coca Cola Pre-Dates the Eiffel Tower

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Who would of thought that Coca-Cola was invented two years before the Eiffel Tower was unveiled at the World’s Fair in 1889? Yep, it’s true! What’s even cooler is that Van Gogh painted his infamous painting, “Starry Night,” the very same year. Talk about a triple threat in the history books!

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