12 Important Historical Facts That Are Totally Wrong

POSTED BY , UPDATED ON September 22nd, 2014

important historical facts that are totally wrong

You think you know your history? Guess not! Over the decades, numerous facts have been mended, exaggerated, and even entirely fabricated and dramatized. The majority of these misconceptions are trusted by masses and in some weird situations these have even end up in history books. Do you really think that Lincoln set free the slaves? Wild West is known for the street gunfights? If yes, then it’s time to reckon again on your false beliefs. Don’t worry, we have brought a list with about a dozen important historical facts that are totally wrong:

 

12. Wild West & The Notorius Gun Fights

Wild West & Gunfights

It’s an understood fact today that most of you would say the word “gunfight” after hearing Wild West. Honor, fantasy setting and corrupt sheriff — to our surprise, this all has been exaggerated by everyone’s favorite, Hollywood.

Some statistics would help with this; the average number of murders in the old Wild West is far lesser than you would be likely to get in the modern United States today.

 

11. White Marble Statues Dazzled the Ancient Rome

White Marble Statues Dazzled the Ancient Rome

Ancient Rome has always been famous for the white marble statues; at least this is what most of the common people believe. If you too are among them and also think the same, then it’s time to mend your knowledge. The reality is, these white marble statues were colored with vibrant colors and paints. We must not forget that classical Roman architecture is thousands of years old so we have to rethink about the paint jobs, from a scientist’s point of view.

Scientists believe that these paint traces prove that the Romans reconstructed the statues to look like original. So if you visit Rome, make sure to add a blob of color to get the historical precision about the white marble statues!

 

10. Christopher Columbus’s Round World

Christopher Columbus’s Round World

Bogus news of the century. The concept that Earth was round and not flat, dates back to 240 BC, discovered by Eratosthenes.

Columbus was actually striving hard to get his voyage funded by the Spanish anarchy and the fact is that the Spanish didn’t want to fund his voyage as they doubted that Columbus had wrongly estimated the size of the Earth, and thus it would take much more money to fund the venture than actually needed.

 

9. Paul Revere’s Popular Ride

Paul Revere’s Popular Ride

The poem is written by Longfellow and among the first things which is learned by the students in schools about the American Revolution. However, the poem did omit some actual facts that Paul Revere never happened to appear in the Old North Church.

He was held up at a roadblock in Concorde, and the news about the British arrival was passed through several persons before reaching to Boston. The poem also didn’t mention about the yelling of the Revere.

 

8. The Existence of Triceratops

Triceratops Never Existed

If it is hard for you handle changes, then we suggest you should turn to the next. If you were born before the year 2005, then your childhood is going to be completely altered.

The Triceratops actually never existed, in fact they were just ‘young’ Torosaurus which occurred in the mid of a growth spurt, which indicates that the Dr Giants’s whole character in the blockbuster movie, Jurassic Park, was absolutely fictional in nature. Apologies Mr. Speilberg!

 

7. Light Bulb Invented by Thomas Edison

Light Bulb Invented by Thomas Edison

It is going to be a real shock for many people, we know, but despite being a genius inventor, the light bulb wasn’t actually invented by Thomas Edison. For fifty years before this breakthrough emerged in the public, many scientists were already curiously experimenting with electricity for generating emission.

Charles Brush was known to have initiated his own business of lighting arc in 1877, two years before the Thomas Edison’s venture with incandescent light. In reality, Edison’s incandescent bulb was only the first practical bulb for regular home usage.

 

6. America’s Founding Fathers Were Christians

America's Founding Fathers Were Christians

We are sure that this is going to be aggressively objectionable to so many readers. But the truth cannot be changed. America’s founding fathers were not all fundamentally Christian. This has been confirmed from their own writings. Thomas Jefferson believed that Jesus was a symbol of immense morality, although he himself said that the Bible’s history is dubious and the Revelations are just the work of a fanatic.

Benjamin Franklin was a Freemason and also a member of the Hellfire Club. He had doubts about the divinity of Jesus. John Adams was a Unitarian, and George Washington was also not confirmed of having the faith.