ave you ever wondered why Scotland’s flag is blue with a white cross? or why women wear high heels? Well, in this article I will be telling you 100 facts about History that are quite pointless, but may help with those pub talks with your friends.
1. One of London’s most famous landmarks is Elizabeth Tower. Most people refer to the tower as 'Big Ben' but Big Ben is the name of the bell inside Elizabeth Tower.
2. New York was originally named 'New Amsterdam.'
3. High Heels were originally worn by men. Women started wearing high heels to look more masculine.
4. The Scottish Flag is blue with a white cross. The reason behind it is because when the Scots were in battle, two planes crossed each other in the sky and made a white cross. Thus, creating the Scottish Flag.
5. It is still perfectly legal to kill a Scotsman in the City of York if the Scotsman is armed with a bow and arrow.
6. Donald Trump is the oldest person to be elected President of the United States. Before that Ronald Reagan held the title at age 69.
7. John Adams was the first President to live in The White House.
8. Mount Rushmore is unfinished. All the presidents on the mountain should have full scale bodies to go with their heads.
9. Abraham Lincoln was the first Republican President.
10.The War of Zanzibar lasted just 38 minutes.
11. The United States had no intention of getting involved in World War II until the bombing of Pearl Harbour in Hawaii.
12. Elvis Presley used to drive trucks for living before becoming music royalty.
13. Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton are the only US Presidents to resign to avoid impeachment.
14. Queen Elizabeth II was crowned Queen of England in 1953.
15. Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of Germany in 1933.
16. William Shakespeare left only his bed to his wife in his will (Cheers, Bill).
17. Queen Elizabeth II served as a mechanic in World War II.
18. Although William Shakespeare is historically linked to Elizabethan Times, historians suggest that he actually lived during Victorian times.
19. Hollywood was originally named 'Hollywoodland."
20. American Outlaw, Jesse James was shot in the back of the head by his friend as he straightend a picture in his home.
21. Teddy Bears get their name from American President “Theodore Roosevelt”
22. Former Heavywight Boxing Champion, Muhammed Ali, chose to be a boxer after his bike was stolen.
23. American President JFK was shot in November 22 1963 at 12:30pm.
24. In the United Kingdom a Queen can rule without a King, but a King cannot rule without a Queen.
25. Elvis Presley hid in a theatre when his first single was released. His reason for it was so people wouldn’t laugh at him.
26. Walt Disney was sacked from an animation company because they said he had no creativity.
27. A priest once saved a small child from drowning in a lake. The boy was Adolf Hitler.
28. William Shatner made TV history on the show Star Trek when he kissed an African American woman. It was the first time an interracial kiss had been seen on TV.
29. Co-Stars of The A-Team , Mr T and George Peppard hated each other.
30. Hitler’s plan for Moscow was to kill all its residents and turn the city into an artificial lake.
31. Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane was supposed to be a passenger on a plane that crashed into The World Trade Centre. However, MacFarlane missed his flight due to waking up late with a hangover.
32. No one knows why or what the landmark Stonehenge was built for.
33. Historians now believe that Anne Frank's family were betrayed by a friend.
34. A Japanese man who survived the sinking of the Titantic was disowned by his family because he never went down with the ship.
35. The microwave was invented by accident.
36. When it first opened a McDonalds burger would of cost you under $1.
37. Reg Varney who was the star of the British sitcom 'On the Buses' was the first man in the U.K. to use an ATM machine.
38. By season 10, each main cast member of the sitcom 'Friends' were paid $1,000,000 per episode.
39. The term 'Best Man' refers to he who is skilled with a sword.
40. No German solider who fought in World War II has a memorial, except for a handful of officers who plotted to asssassinate Adolf Hitler.
41. The Vietnamese won The Vietnam war and it is believed that they still have American prisoners there to this day.
42. Steven Hawkin held a party for Timetravellers and sent invitations out after the party had ended. (No one came).
43. A woman will wear white on her wedding day to symbolise purity.
44. It is believed that William Shakespear introduced over 3,000 words to the English language.
45. Robert Peel created the Metropolitan Police.
46. The United Kingdom has only hosted the Olympic Games three times
47. Julias Ceaser was stabbed 23 times.
48. British fictonal hero James Bond got his code name 007 because that was the number of the bus Ian Fleming would get on into town.
49. To claim a country for the British Empire, the British would leave a British Flag
50. Before saying 'Cheers; when having a drink people used to say 'Good Health.'
51. Members of the Mafia were only from Italy. No non-Italian person could be brought into a Mafia Family.
52. Peter Alan was the last man to be hanged in the UK.
53. When asked for a description on his shooter, rapper Tupac said “F*ck you” to a police officer, before dying.
54. Princess Diana was killed in a car accident in Paris, France in 1997.
55. Lee Harvey Oswald died on the same bed as his victim, JFK and was buried on the same day.
56. Three men once escaped from the island prison, Alcatraz. As they were never seen or heard from again, it is unclear whether they survived the cold ocean.
57. The man who shot John Lennon, did so because he believed he was an imposter and that he was the real John Lennon.
58. Michael Jackson's hair was burned during the filming of a Pepsi commercial.
59. Adolf Hitler was afraid of cats.
60. Neil Flynn who played the Janitor on the sitcom 'Scrubs' broke his neck during filming but carried on filming.
61. It’s believed that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain proposed to his girlfriend Courtney Love in a nightclub in the city of Newport, in South Wales.
62, Henry Houdini died after being punched in the stomach.
63. Elvis Presley hated the Beatles and wanted to beat them up for their peaceful beliefs.
64. The Roman Empire was the biggest empire to ever rule the world.
65. Football or 'Soccer' was invented in England.
66. The first man to get a speeding ticket did so because he was going 8mph in a 2mph zone.
67. Australia was a place for convicts from the United Kingdom to be sent to
68. Ships were used as prisons and were called 'Hulks.'
69. Police boxes were a common thing in the UK. They were used for the Police officer on duty to have a break in and have a drink. Citizens would use them to call the police and wait for assistance.
70. Alexander Graham Bell insisted people answered the phone with 'Ahoy' rather than 'Hello.'
71. Margaret Thatcher holds the title for longest serving Prime Minister of the UK.
72. Queen Elizabeth II holds the record for longest reigning monarch in the U.K.
73. The last words said to JFK was “You can’t say Dallas doesn’t love you,” before getting shot.
74. Franklin D. Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin were known as 'The Big Three.'
75. The nursery rhyme 'Ring a Ring a Roses' is a rhyme about the Black Death.
76. Alcohol was once banned in the United States.
77. When the police force was first invented in the U.K. It wasn’t compulsory for all towns to have one.
78. The reason we say “Bless you” after someone sneezes is because that’s what would be said to people during the Black Death after they sneezed.
79. The Beatles are the most successful musical artists of all time.
80. Michael Jackson had five number one singles from the same album.
81. Singer Tom Jones was banned from a villiage in Wales after he was accused of stealing a chicken.
82. People once thought the earth was flat.
83. Music dates back all the way to the caveman era.
84. The most watched TV show in the U.K. Is a soap opera called 'EastEnders.' In the 1980s one episode brought in 30 million viewers.
85. Frank Sinatra died in 1998.
86. Morcambe and Wise were the most watched comedians in the U.K. with over 25 million viewers each Christmas.
87. Christopher Columbus discovered America by accident.
88. John Fielding created the Bow Street Runners who were a sort of law enforcement before the Metropolitan Police.
89. US President Ronald Reagan survived an assassination attempt.
90. Darth Vader never said the quote, “Luke, I am your father.” The actual quote is just, “I am your father.”
91. Coca-Cola has been around for over 130 years.
92. The Russians were the first country to put a man in space.
93. The United States were the first country to put a man on the moon.
94. Michael Jackson married the only daughter of Elvis Presley, Lisa Marie Presley
95. The Titanic had two sister ships, The Olympic and The Brittanic.
96. Saint Nicholas was the real life Santa Claus.
97. Rednecks get their name from farmers who would get sunburn on their necks from working out in the fields.
98. A King of Sweden had a tattoo that read 'Death to all Kings.'
99. The Mona Lisa was once stolen.
100. British comedian, Tommy Cooper died on stage. The crowd thought he was fooling around and didn’t realise something was wrong until the curtain came down on the stage.
And now you’re just a little bit smarter! Go down the pub and impress your friends. Also, I would like to point out that all the facts I listed here came from years of researching history. No Google searches or any internet research was done to find these facts. They’re just facts I genuinely know.