14 Facts About Historical People (History Left Out)

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14 Facts About Historical People (History Left Out)

What we learn in history class is only a sliver of the truth. Reality is endlessly complicated. Oftentimes, the history of one single event can fill a whole library shelf of books. And then, history teachers have to figure out what's the most important to teach and what can be left to independent study. And then! Oh man, school boards decide what is allowed in textbooks, textbook companies decide what they want to highlight or disregard, and things get…see? Didn't we say up top that history is endlessly complicated? 

Now, if we're being really real: our job at Cracked is not to simplify the complications. We think life is more interesting if you resist simple narratives and expand the ol' mind brains a little bit. So we've collected a bunch of historical tidbits that might be wild, but hopefully enlightening.

Here are some fun facts—well, some upsetting facts, if we're being honest—that history teachers left out.

The Beatles were all in their 20s when they broke up WELCOM WDGY Ringo Starr was only 29-years-old, while George Harrison was a mere 27. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Both Martin Luther King Jr. and Mohandas Gandhi attempted suicide as children. The famed leaders both suffered through severe bouts of depression later in life as well. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NPR

In high school, Tupac played the Mouse King in the ballet Nutcracker. Tupac attended at the Baltimore School for the Arts. During his time there, he also wrote his first rap. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Vice

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