100 Amazing Historical Facts About the World

Photo by NASA
Photo by NASA

historical fact is a fact about the past. Much information regarding the past has been lost. Many cultures have a rich oral history, but lack written documents. Oral accounts, or “story telling,” suffer from an inherent loss of information.

100 Historical Facts About the World

  • There are 43 countries that still have a royal family.
  • All giant pandas in zoos around the world are on loan from China.
  • Canada has nine percent of the world’s forests.
  • The red-billed quelea is the most common bird on Earth.
  • Captain Morgan Actually Existed
  • There’s a website that tracks the world’s population in real time.
  • More people speak Mandarin Chinese than any other language.
  • California is home to the “Artichoke Capital of the World.”
  • Using Forks Used to Be Seen as Sacrilegious
  • It’s estimated that Sweden has more islands than any other country.
  • Around one in every 200 men are direct descendants of Genghis Khan.
  • Nearly half of the world’s population watched both the 2010 and 2014 FIFA World Cup games.
  • Copenhagen is the most bike-friendly city in the world.
  • There are more than 24 time zones around the world.
  • There are 41 countries that recognize sign language as an official language.
  • People 60 years and older make up 12.3 percent of the global population.
  • More than 52 percent of the world’s population is under 30 years old.
  • The global adult literacy rate is around 86 percent.
  • Facebook has more users than the population of the U.S., China, and Brazil combined.
  • There are only two countries with names that begin with “The.”
  • South Sudan is the youngest country in the world.
  • All the ants on Earth weigh about as much as all the humans.
  • A record-breaking 92 countries competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
  • The oceans contain almost 200,000 different kinds of viruses.
  • The world’s largest man-made oyster reef was created in Maryland.
  • New Zealanders have more pets per household than any other country.
  • Tokyo is the world’s largest city with 37 million inhabitants.
  • The most expensive coin in the world was sold for more than $7 million.
  • A Woman Was Elected to Congress Before Women Could Vote
  • Richard Nixon Plotted to Assassinate a Journalist.
  • The Iron Maiden Wasn’t a Thing.
  • The Bloody Mary Wasn’t Always Called a Bloody Mary
  • Interpol began in 1914 when legal professionals from 24 countries got together to discuss catching fugitives.
  • Former U.S. President Bill Clinton Lost the Nuclear Launch Codes
  • The 1929 Wall Street Crash Did Not Cause a Rash of Suicides .
  • Walt Disney Is Not Cryogenically Frozen
  • Turkeys Were Once Worshipped Like Gods .
  • Johnny Appleseed Was Real .
  • North Korea and Cuba are the only places you can’t buy Coca-Cola.
  • The Puritans Didn’t Come to the New World for ‘Religious Freedom’
  • Paul Revere Never Actually Shouted, “The British Are Coming!”
  • Basically Everything About Thanksgiving Is a Lie
  • Nearly two people die each second.
  • Cowboys Didn’t Actually Wear Cowboy Hats
  • The Olympics Used to Award Medals for Art.
  • A Lot of History’s Disasters Were Caused By Lack Of Sleep
  • The entire world’s population could fit inside Los Angeles.
  • Walt Disney Didn’t Draw Mickey Mouse
  • One Time, 100 Imposters Claimed to Be Marie Antoinette’s Dead Son.
  • Benjamin Franklin Never Thought Turkeys Should Be the National Bird,
  • There are more twins now than ever before.
  • Witches Weren’t Actually Burned at the Stake In Salem
  • Napoleon Was Once Attacked By a Horde of Bunnies.
  • John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Died on the Same Day.
  • The hottest chili pepper in the world is so hot it could kill you.
  • George Washington Never Had Wooden Teeth.
  • Women Were Once Banned from Smoking in Public.
  • Young George Washington Could Definitely Tell a Lie
  • More people visit France than any other country.
  • Ronald Reagan Was a Believer In Astrology
  • The Government Literally Poisoned Alcohol During Prohibition
  • George Washington Opened a Whiskey Distillery After His Presidency
  • The world’s most densely populated island is the size of two soccer fields.
  • Cars Weren’t Invented in the United States
  • The Canary Islands are named after dogs, not birds.
  • And Betsy Ross Didn’t Design and Sew the First American Flag
  • Africa and Asia are home to nearly 90 percent of the world’s rural population.
  • Thomas Edison Didn’t Invent the Light Bulb
  • The First Face on the $1 Bill Was Not George Washington
  • Only two countries use purple in their national flags.
  • Muhammad is thought to be the most popular name in the world.
  • John Adams Was the First President to Live In the White House
  • Indonesia is home to some of the shortest people in the world.
  • Abraham Lincoln Was Also a Licensed Bartender
  • The Paris Agreement on climate change was signed by the largest number of countries ever in one day.
  • July 4th Isn’t the Real Independence Day
  • The world’s quietest room is located at Microsoft’s headquarters in Washington state.
  • President Abraham Lincoln is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame
  • There are only three countries in the world that don’t use the metric system.
  • Ketchup Was Sold in the 1830s as Medicine
  • The longest place name on the planet is 85 letters long.
  • Lyndon B. Johnson Gave Interviews From the Bathroom
  • Four babies are born every second.
  • Richard Nixon Was a Great Musician
  • The coldest temperature ever recorded was -144 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Mary Actually Had a Little Lamb
  • The Earth’s ozone layer will make a full recovery in 50 years.
  • Pope Gregory IV Declared a War On Cats
  • Japan is the world’s most earthquake-prone country.
  • Cleopatra Was Not Egyptian
  • There are around 4 quadrillion quadrillion bacteria on Earth.
  • There Were More Than 600 Plots to Kill Fidel Castro
  • People who are currently alive represent about 7 percent of the total number of people who have ever lived.
  • The Titanic‘s Owners Never Said the Ship Was “Unsinkable”

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