A lot can be learned from history. It’s an extremely fascinating topic and continues to throw up surprises to this day. As a result, we’ve compiled a list of 10 interesting history facts that you may not know about but should know nonetheless.
The longest war in history was the Dutch-Scilly War which lasted 335 years from 1651-1986
The shortest war in comparison was the Anglo-Zanzibar War fought between the United Kingdom and Zanzibar Sultanate in 1986. It only lasted between 38 and 45 minutes
Penicillin was discovered by chance by Alexander Fleming when he returned from holiday in 1928. His discovery would go on to save hundreds of millions of lives.
At its peak, the British Empire covered 24% of the Earth's land mass. As a result, it was known as the "empire where the sun never sets"
Joseph Stalin is estimated to have killed between 20-60 million people as a result of the USSR's policy's, meaning he killed more people than the Nazis.
However Gengis Khan's Mongol Empire is believed to have killed more than 40 million in Europe and Asia
The story of Dracula is based on Romania Ruler Vlad the Impaler who is said to have drank the blood of his enemies. His family name was Dracu and was born in Transylvania
Saddam Hussein was given the key to Detroit in the 1980s after he donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to a church
Ilya Ivanovich Ivanoc wanted to make a "humanzee" so tried to impregnate a chimpanzee with human sperm in the 1920s. It failed.
King Tutankhamen's parents are believed to have been brother and sister meaning he was the result of an incestual relationship