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Daily History Facts With Brennan!

November 21, 2017

Money was once designed in ancient Greece to discourage people from acquiring too much of it.

November 20, 2017

The swastika used to symbolize good and luck until its use by the Nazis.

November 17. 2017

Mark Twain was born and died when the same comet passed through the sky.

November 16, 2017

Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day just hours apart: the fiftieth anniversary of America’s freedom, July 4, 1826.

November 15, 2017

Fourteen years prior to the Titanic’s maiden voyage, in 1898, author Morgan Robertson wrote a book named, ‘The Wreck of the Titan’. Incidentally, these were the exact circumstances as the Titanic, who met her demise in the same way Titan did.

November 14, 2017

According to legend, a marathon got its name because the Athenian army told a messenger to run from Marathon to Athens to deliver the good news of the armies victory and died in Athens 26.2 miles down the road.

November 13, 2017

The first battle of the Civil War took place behind Wilmer McLean’s house. In order to avoid the war, he moved away to a small cottage where Robert E. Lee himself showed up to ask to use the cottage as the formal place of surrender.

November 10, 2017

The car that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in had the license plate of AIII118. The war that resulted from his assassination ended with an Armistice on 11-11-18

November 9, 2017

The grave of the first and last British WWI Soldier to die are buried 7 yards away from each other.

November 8, 2017

The first Star Wars movie came out the same year as the last guillotine execution in France.

November 7, 2017

The Ottoman Empire still existed when the Cubs won the World Series in 1908.

November 3, 2017

Woolly Mammoths were still alive while the Egyptians were building the pyramids.

November 2, 2017

There are several instances in which ancient Greek and Roman coins have been found in the Americas. Along with this, there have been ancient Egyptian remnants found in Mexico. The strange thing is that there is no evidence of early, far-travelling cultures.

November 1, 2017

Nobody actually knows why the Mayans disappeared so quickly. Some researchers suggest a dramatic food shortage or spread of disease.

October 31, 2017

Halloween originated from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain in which people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off ghosts. When November 1 was designated as All Saints Day, October 31 was All Hallows Eve which eventually evolved into Halloween.

October 30, 2017

During World War I, the British RMS Carmania, disguised as the German SMS Trafalgar, sunk the actual German SMS Trafalgar which was disguised as the British RMS Carmania.

October 27, 2017

In 1825, Marquis de Lafayette gave president John Quincy Adams a live alligator as a present for giving him a tour of the United States.

October 26, 2017

In 1518, around 400 people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion. Nobody knows why they did it in the first place.

October 25, 2017

The Defenestration of Prague was an incident in which multiple people were thrown out of a window in 1618 that helped to trigger the Thirty Years’ War.

October 24, 2017

There are 88 “places” in the United States called Washington, including cities, towns, villages, unincorporated communities and the federal district, all named after our first president, George Washington.

October 23, 2017

The D in D-Day actually stands for day.

October 20, 2017

Albert Einstein was offered the opportunity to become Israel’s President in 1952 but declined.

October 19, 2017

The longest war ever lasted 335 years. It was between the Netherlands and the Isles of Scilly but the strange part is that there were no casualties.

October 18, 2017

Rosa Parks actually had complications with the same bus driver twelve years earlier when she refused to board the bus from the back.

October 17, 2017

The current United States flag was designed by a high school student. He received a B- for his efforts but his teacher changed his grade to an A when congress accepted his flag as the new national design.

October 13, 2017

Nobody actually knows why Friday the thirteenth is considered to be unlucky. One suggestion is because on Friday, 13 October 1307, Philip IV of France arrested hundreds of the Knights Templar.

October 12, 2017

On September 25, 1820, Salem, New Jersey held a trial against tomatoes.

October 10, 2017

George Washington owned one of the largest distilleries in 18th century America.

October 9, 2017

The Japanese once flew across the pacific ocean in hydrogen balloons with bombs attached during World War II. These were considered to be the first aerial weapons.

October 6, 2017

Violet Jessop was an ocean liner stewardess that survived three separate disasters on Olympic-class ocean liners, including the sinking of the RMS Titanic.

October 5, 2017

Roger Babson actually predicted the stock market crash of 1929 and the great depression that followed.

October 4, 2017

During World War II, Americans used to say “Liberty Steak” instead of “Hamburger” to avoid the German sounding name.

October 2, 2017

The original Cinderella was Egyptian and wore fur slippers.

September 28, 2017

The inventor of Pringles had his ashes buried in a Pringles can.

September 27, 2017

In 1959, the USPS successfully delivered 3,000 pieces of mail from Virginia to Florida in 22 minutes via cruise missile.

September 26, 2017

In the Victorian Era, there were tea cups that protected your mustache from getting dunked in your tea.

September 25, 2017

There was a man who survived the bombing in Hiroshima, got to an air raid shelter, and got on the morning train to arrive on time to his job in Nagasaki where he survived another atomic bomb blast.

September 22, 2017

The patent for the fire hydrant was lost in a fire.

September 21 2017

In Early Rome, it was legal for a father to kill any members of his family.

September 20, 2017

Guanajuato mummies were believed to have been buried alive due to the twisted looked on their face when they died.

September 19, 2017

Heroine was once given to children to help alleviate coughing fits.

September 18, 2017

Before alarm clocks, there were knocker-uppers that knocked on your window with a long stick until you were up.

September 15, 2017

The shortest war ever lasted 38 minutes.

September 14, 2017

In 1929, Princeton researchers turned a live cat into a working telephone.

September 13, 2017

The Berlin Wall was taken down by mistake. Gunter Schabowski meant to say that travel restrictions would be lifted but instead said that trips abroad would be possible for every citizen starting immediately, giving people the impression that the wall was being taken down.

September 12, 2017

Bobby Leach, the first man that survived going over Niagara Falls in a barrel, later died of complications after slipping on an orange peel.

September 11, 2017

In the 1980’s A&W tried to one up Mcdonalds by making a “Third Pounder” for the same price as a quarter pounder. The idea didn’t work because most people thought 1/3 was smaller than 1/4 and that they were getting ripped off.

September 8, 2017

Ancient Greek Philosopher, Chrysippus, died from laughing at his own joke about a donkey drinking wine.

September 7, 2017

Betty White is older than sliced bread by 6 years.

September 6, 2017

Mexico once had three presidents in a single day on February 18, 1913.

September 5, 2017

The Austrian Army once fought itself during the Battle of Karánsebes on the night of September 21, 1788.

August 31, 2017

The Z1 was created between 1936 and 1938 and is considered to be the first functional modern computer.