14 Tiny Sparks That Blew Up History As We Know It

Sometimes, the world changes because shadowy figures conspire in a room. Other times, it happens because someone slips on a banana peel and hits the red button. Today, we're talking about the second thing. 

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A BEER SHORTAGE DECEMBER 1620 CRACKED After three months at sea, the Mayflower ran out of beer, So the Pilgrims went ashore at Plymouth. Had they sail

Source: Boston Herald

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SOME CLOUDS AUGUST 1945 CRACKEDCO It turned out to be cloudy one day in Kokura, Japan, so the US decided not to bomb that site of a huge munitions fac

Source: NY Times

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A LIGHTNING BOLT JULY 1977 CRACKED GO A lightning strike on a transmission line caused 1977's famous NYC blackout. Looters damaged .600 stores. The up

Source: Slate

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75 CENTS 1986 CRACKED.COM A sys admin at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory noticed a 75-cent discrepancy in the books. He poked around and found i

Source: NY Times

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A SHOP BURNING 1924 LEGO IEGO LEGO LEGO LEGO CRACKED cO L 15O Ole Korn Christiansen's carpentry shop burned down, so he built a much bigger one. This

Source: Washington Post

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A PAINT FLECK DECEMBER 1981 CRACKEDCON When the Hubble telescope was being constructed, a microscopic chip of paint flaked off a measuring rod. The ro

Source: BBC

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THESE PIPES APRIL 1992 CRACKED COM The way a contractor laid water pipes in Guadalajara, Mexico, flattened the city in 1992. The zinc-coated pipes ran

Source: Washington Post

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A DROPPED BOX NOVEMBER 2004 CRACKEDCON Two employees in a Denmark fireworks factory dropped a box. Somehow, the friction from the drop was enough to s

Source: UPI

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THIS NOVEL 1907 Friday, the Thirteenth THOMAS WILLIAM LAWSON CRACKEDCO Thomas Lawson wrote this book about a stockbroker who chooses Friday the 13th t

Source: CNBC 

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THIS OTHER NOVEL 1869 Library Abit THE A COMPLETE FIRST CLASS STORY IN EACH NUMBER. EANTL Vol I DORTE & CO. ehithae Bope Stret. o Tork. No 40. BUFFALO

Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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A TYPO FEBRUARY 2009 Google CRACKEDCON A Google programmer typed a slash by mistake when adding websites to the malware registry. All website URLS use

Source: CNet

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ONE SIGNAL LIGHT MARCH 1979 CRACKED A light was faulty at the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor. As a result, a valve remained open without any warnin

Source: Department of Energy

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SOME CIGARS SEPTEMBER 1862 Ke H tii fu paym Thi adehi witl Ln ke i out triypels fsbuy He Pli He rn porL eu hed Ihe bpsninr bnn. CAatre fr AA Oha, CRAC

Source: National Parks Service

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A METEOR OCTOBER 312 No, not the one that hit the dinosaurs. We're talking about one the emperor Constantine saw during the Battle of the Milvian Brid

Source: BBC