14 Facts About Historical People (History Left Out)

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

Maya Angelou was the first Black streetcar conductor in San Francisco She was only sixteen when she staged a sit-in for weeks until she was allowed to apply for the job. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: WNYC

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

President Hoover briefly had a possum as a pet at the White House. Some toymakers tried and failed to market Billy the Possum toys. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Slate

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