As humans, we are always fascinated by the past. Historians have spent years studying different events, characters, and incidents that occurred in the past. However, with so much information available, there are still some strange and fascinating historical facts that we bet you didn’t know about. Here are some of them.
1. The World’s First Computer Programmer was a Woman
Ada Lovelace, the daughter of Lord Byron, was a mathematician and writer. She is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer. She worked with Charles Babbage, the inventor of the Analytical Engine, a machine that was designed to perform mathematical calculations. Ada Lovelace was the first person to recognize that the machine could be used for more than just mathematical calculations. She wrote the first algorithm that was designed to be processed by the machine.
2. The First Known Female Serial Killer was a Hungarian Countess
Elizabeth Bathory, also known as the “Blood Countess,” was a Hungarian noblewoman who lived in the 16th century. She is considered to be the world’s first known female serial killer. She was accused of torturing and killing hundreds of young girls. The exact number of her victims is unknown, but she was eventually arrested and sentenced to life imprisonment.
3. The First Thanksgiving Wasn’t Really About Turkey
The first Thanksgiving was celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. However, the feast wasn’t really about turkey. The Pilgrims and the Native Americans who joined them for the feast ate a variety of foods, including venison, fish, and corn. Turkey wasn’t introduced as a Thanksgiving staple until the 19th century.
4. The First Photograph Was Taken in 1826
The world’s first photograph was taken by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce in 1826. The photograph, which was taken from an upstairs window of Niépce’s home in France, took eight hours to develop. It was a black and white image of the rooftops and trees outside his window.
5. Napoleon Wasn’t Really Short
Contrary to popular belief, Napoleon Bonaparte wasn’t really short. He was actually 5 feet 7 inches tall, which was above average for a man of his time.
There you have it, some strange and fascinating historical facts that you probably didn’t know about. These facts remind us that there is always something new to learn, even about the past.