7 shocking historical facts

Those historical facts will let you speechless! Let’s check your history knowledge.

The popular name “Jessica” was created by playwright William Shakespeare

“Jessica”, as it’s currently spelled, was first found in William Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in 1598 where Jessica is the name of Shylock’s daughter. The name is an anglicization of the biblical Hebrew name “Iskah”

Anne Frank And Martin Luther King Junior Were Born In The Same Year 

Anne Frank is well known for the posthumous publication of The Diary of a Young Girl in which describes her life as Jewish girl during the German occupation of the Netherlands between 1942 to 1944. Martin Luther King Jr is famous as an activist for the black community and the leader of the civil right movement from 1954 until his death in 1968. They were both born in 1929.

Cleopatra lived closer to the creation of the iPhone to the construction of the Pyramids of Gizeh.

Cleopatra lived between 69 b.C. and 30 b.C. Egyptians built pyramids around  2560 b.C. While the first iPhone appeared in 2007.

The university of Oxford is older than the Aztec empire.

By almost 300 years in fact. Oxford’s first ever courses started as early as 1095, whereas the Aztec empire originated around the 13th century.

During the laps of time between his discovery and his classification to a planet, Pluton didn’t orbit completely around the sun yet.

Pluton takes 250 years to make a rotation around the sun. Pluton has been discovered in 1930 and classified as a planet. In 2006 pluton has been declassified to dwarf planet category. Even though, during all this time, it still has not finished its rotation.

Today people make every two minutes as much pictures as the people from 19th century made. 

In 2000 we took 85 billions of picture (around 2500 pictures every second) and this number keep increasing with the new technology.

Morgan Robertson predicted the sink if the titanic in his novel The wreck of the Titan

Fourteen years before the Titanic sank, Morgan Robertson wrote the novella Futility. It was about the large unsinkable ship “Titan” hitting an iceberg in the Northern Atlantic. Both the Titanic and the fictional Titan did not have enough lifeboats for the thousands of passengers on board.

Post Author: Roukia Kaambi

Roukia Kaambi
20 years old girl from France. I am a law student currently doing a short-term EVS in Thessaloniki.

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