The operation of the largest fraud in US history was fairly simple. Bernie Madoff deposited all his investors' money into his Chase bank account and paid them off as necessary. At its height his account balance was over $5 billion. The scheme collapsed when he ran out of money. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
Only one man in history has ever turned down the Nobel Peace Prize: Vietnamese revolutionary, diplomat and politician, Le Duc Tho. For his role as Vietnam’s chief negotiator in the Paris Peace Accords, in 1973 he was jointly awarded the prize alongside his American counterpart, Henry Kissinger. chaohanoi.com/2021/01/04/…
HernΓ‘n CortΓ©s arrived in the New World in 1519 with six hundred men and, upon arrival, made history by destroying his ships. This sent a clear message to his men: There is no turning back. His men would have to conquer or die. Two years later, he succeeded in his conquest of the Aztec empire. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
Ronald Reagan won 49 states and 525 electoral votes in the 1984 presidential election which is the most in history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
James Stewart, an American actor, rose from the rank of Private to Colonel in only 4 years during his WW2 military service, and eventually became a Brigadier General, making him the highest ranking actor in American military history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Isaac Newton wrote a list of his sins at 19, including: β€œThreat[e]ning my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them.", striking many, beating Arthur Storer, punching his sister, reading the History of the Christian Champions on Sunday, and eating an apple at Church. mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Renowned scientist Michael Faraday, whose work on electromagnetism made him one of the most influential physicists in history, had little formal education. In particular his knowledge of maths extended only to the simplest algebra, and he was unaware of trigonometry. en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
The Inka never developed writing but instead had a system of tying knots called khipu in which the color, direction and structure of the knots communicated different information. While most of it is numerical, fully cracking the code reveal a phonetic khipu alphabet with records of history. discovermagazine.com/plan…
Shaquille O’Neal holds the record for biggest total purchase in Walmart history. Shaq spent $70,000 in one stop at Walmart in 2008. businessinsider.com/walma…
When Pete Conrad, the third man in history to go on the moon, his first words when he landed were "Whoopee! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that's a long one for me" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pet…
Francis Clifford Smith, of Connecticut, is the world's longest-serving current prisoner, having been imprisoned for more than 70 years since June 7, 1950. In three months he will become the longest-serving prisoner in world history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Samuel Little was the most prolific American serial killer. He claimed to have killed as many as 93 women and the FBI has confirmed his involvement in at least 50 murders, the largest number of proven cases for any serial killer in US history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
The reason for the Netherlands not being underwater is due to its complex network of dikes, ditches, canals and pumping stations that have been built through the course of its history. It is so intricate that controlled flooding can create a ring of fortification around Amsterdam, its capital. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship, a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
The location of the tomb of Alexander the Great has been lost to time. Alexander was entombed in Alexandria, the tomb was subsequently visited by many pilgrims throughout history, including Caesar . The tomb was well visited up till the 1500s, when its location was suddenly forgotten. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom…
The 1876 US Presidential election had the highest turnout of eligible voters in American history at 81.8%. The winner, Rutherford Hayes, also lost the popular vote. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/187…
Today I learned of Hans Heyer, who managed to sneak onto the grid at the 1977 German Grand Prix that he failed to qualify in and was not noticed until his gearbox broke down on lap 10, gaining him the dubious credit of being the only man in Formula 1 history to be awarded a DNQ, DNF and DSQ in the same race. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Han…
During the Dust Bowl in the 1930s, storms were so severe that its clouds blew smoke as far away as Boston, MA. Red snow fell on New England in winter 1934-1935. It was the largest American exodus in history, with over 86k relocating to California. 1/8 of CA's populace is of "Okie" heritage. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dus…
Magnetic north and south have flipped poles 183 times in earth's history, every 450,000 years. The last time was around 750,000 years ago. It can be used to date fossils. It does take thousands of years to happen so we are semi safe atm. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
There's only been 10 African American Senators in US History. senate.gov/pagelayout/his…
A guy in 19th Century China managed to convince over 30 million people he was Jesus Christ's brother, and attempted to rebel against the Chinese Government, starting one of the bloodiest civil wars in human history en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hon…
The world's largest film studio is Hengdian Studios, in China. Basically a city of permanent full-scale replicas of palaces, fortresses, and towns from various periods of China's history. Whole populations of nearby towns are often employed to be extras for period dramas & fantasy movies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hen…
The Montreal Protocol to protect the Ozone layer was the first treaty in UN history to have been accepted by all member states. If the treaty and it's actions had not been accepted, the ozone layer would've been so degraded by 2070 that just 5 minutes in sunlight would burn you. nationalgeographic.com/ne…
2 weeks after the 1972 democratic convention, vice presidential nominee T.Eagleton had to withdraw from the race because of a media campaign targeting his rumoured history of depression and shock therapy. 77% of voters polled at the time, said that his medical record would not affect their vote en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tho…
Today I learned about Robert Williams, a Ford assembly line worker, who was the first human in history to have been killed by a robot. In 1979, he was hit by a robotic arm. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned about the 1904 Olympic marathon, the worst marathon in Olympic history. So many things went wrong and only 14 out of 32 entrants finished. The time was the worst in Olympic history by 30 minutes. avclub.com/the-1904-olymp…
When Robert Bork was nominated to the Supreme Court, his rental history was leaked to the press. Bork himself had stated that Americans only had privacy rights as afforded them by direct legislation. The incident led to the enactment of the 1988 Video Privacy Protection Act. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Out of all the species that ever lived throughout all of Earth’s history, only a fraction of a percent have fossilized. Even fewer are discovered by humans. Most of life’s history will be forever unknown en.wikipedia.org/w/index.…
In 1987, a few guys in Brazil were out collecting scrap metal from an abandoned hospital. They inadvertently collected highly radioactive Caesium-137. About a month later, 4 people had died of radiation poisoning and the incident resulted in one of the worst radiological accidents in history. history.com/this-day-in-h…
Despite inventing the game of basketball, James Naismith is the only Kansas head coach to have a losing record (55-60) in the program’s history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Mesoamerican Ball game is recognized as the oldest sport and oldest team sport. People have enjoyed the game for over 3,400 years, longer than any other sport in history simple.wikipedia.org/wiki…
There is a fictional island in the South Atlantic, off the west coast of Africa called 'Null Island'. Although it doesn't exist in reality, it serves as an error trap for map systems. Map enthusiasts have given the island its own history, geography and even flag. blogs.loc.gov/maps/2016/0…
Today I learned of the Johnson family. Recorded in American history as one of the earliest Black business dynasties, in the 1600s they ran a tobacco operation in the Colony of Virginia. asunow.asu.edu/20190819-d…
A 9,000 year old skeleton found inside a cave in Cheddar, England, has a living relative was teaching history only a 1/2 mile away, tracing back nearly 300 generations. independent.co.uk/news/th…
The largest mass mailing in American history was the Understanding AIDS is a pamphlet in 1988. 126 million pamphlets were sent out hoping to reach every household in the USA. It contained information to avoid AIDS and encouraged the reader not to fear day-to-day contact with people with AIDS. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
The US occupation of Japan after World War II is the only time in that country's history that it has been occupied by a foreign power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Occ…
The source of the term "green room" has been lost to history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
An earthquake centered in Virginia in 2011 was felt by more people than any other quake in U.S. history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Egyptian Mohammed M. Atalla is acknowledged as the inventor of the MOSFET, the most widely manufactured device in history, and one of the most important inventions in electronics. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moh…
Today I learned about Spolia Opima, the rarest and highest military prize in Ancient Rome, where a general personally killed an enemy general in combat and stripped him of his armor. This happened only 3 times in the history of Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spo…
"Philanthropist" Robert F. Smith was involved in the largest tax evasion case in US history. He "willfully failed to report" over $200 million in income and he signed a nonprosecution agreement. He paid a fine of $139 million and cooperated with investigators. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
Today I learned of the 1916 Cumberland-Georgia Tech football game. With a final score of 222-0 it is the most lopsided game in the history of football. Cumberland's QB was knocked unconscious three times, Tech's kicker caught his own kick in the endzone for a TD, and several Cumberland players ran away and hid. fanbuzz.com/college-footb…
Today I learned of Margaret Corbin. During the battle of Fort Washington, her husband fell in action. She took control of the cannon and fired well aimed shots at the enemy before being seriously wounded. She later became the first woman in U.S. history to receive a pension from Congress for military service. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about the Trobriand Islanders. Because yams (a natural contraceptive) make up such a large portion of their diet, for much of their history they didn’t realize that pregnancy results from sex; there simply wasn’t enough of an observable correlation. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tro…
The shortest war in history was known as the anglo Zanzibar war. The war lasted only 40 minutes, and even though the war was the shortest, many Zanzibar people lost their lives. britannica.com/event/Angl…
William Pitt the Younger was admitted into Cambridge University at the age of 13 and became UK prime minister at age 24. He is the youngest prime minister in British history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
J.R.R. Tolkien orginally set out to just create a language. Elfish. He then figured that that language needed a history. That history needed a world etc. Which eventually led to him writing LOTR in said world. mprnews.org/story/2015/03…
On the same day as the Great Chicago Fire of 1871, the deadliest wildfire in recorded history (the Peshtigo Fire) happened in Wisconsin and caused at least 5 times as many deaths. news.minnesota.publicradi…
In the Roman calendar, 46 BCE had 445 days making it the longest year in human history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/46_…
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State taskandpurpose.com/histor…

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