6 Amazing Cases of Simultaneous Events in “History”
Over the centuries, decades and years, many important events in world “history” have taken place in the most diverse areas. Births of great leaders, their deaths, world-changing inventions, movie, series and product launches, among others, happen all the time.
However, we do not even realize that certain events of great importance to humanity, for good or for bad, were recorded in the same year, the same month or even the same day. Check out some cases of these simultaneous events in history.
1. The events of the year 1889
Many events that somewhat changed the course of history took place in 1889. For example, it was that year that the Eiffel Tower opened in the bustling Paris of the late 19th century, during the Universal Exposition (or World Fair), which celebrated the hundred years of the French Revolution.
It was also in 1889 that the first editions of The Wall Street Journal were printed in New York. An important event for the art world also happened this year: painter Vincent Van Gogh produced one of his masterpieces, the painting Starry Night.
In addition, someone was born that thousands of people wish they had never been born. Yes, on April 20, 1889, was born in Austria (at the time, also called the Austro-Hungarian Empire), the dictator of the Nazi party Adolf Hitler.
And this other event can take many gamers by surprise. Did you know that Nintendo also emerged in 1889 in Japan? The gaming company was created by Fusajiro Yamauchi and made handmade cards of a traditional Japanese deck type.
2. Great losses on November 22, 1963
November 22, 1963, was marked by tragedies in the world of politics and literature, with the loss of very important personalities in these areas. It was on this day that then-President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated during a Dallas motorcade.
The same day, writer Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World and The Doors of Perception) also passed away at age 69 in Los Angeles. Another death of an important personality that happened on the same day was that of writer C. S. Lewis (author of The Chronicles of Narnia) in Oxford from kidney failure at age 65.
The coincidence of the death of these three icons of his time inspired the book Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere Beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, CS Lewis, and Peter Kreeft’s Aldous Huxley, in which they discuss religion, humanism, and Christianity.
3. What do guillotine and Star Wars have in common?
Surprisingly, the last use of the guillotine in France happened the same year the first Star Wars movie was released. Something quite recent, considering this old form of execution.
Although it had its heyday during the 18th century, the guillotine remained the official method of execution in France until the death penalty was abolished in 1981. But the last convicts of this form were three killers: Christian Ranucci, executed on July 28, 1976, Jérôme Carrein, executed on June 23, 1977, and Hamida Djandoubi, on September 10, 1977.
Meanwhile, in the movie world, Star Wars was officially released by 20th Century Fox on May 25, 1977. The sequels, The Empire Strikes Back and The Return of the Jedi, were released in 1980 and 1983, respectively, giving rise to one of the most famous trilogies in the cinematic universe.
4. The encounter of mammoths and pyramids
Did you know that when the first pyramids were built, there were still mammoths running across the face of the earth?
The oldest known Egyptian pyramid (called the Djoser pyramid) was built between 2620 and 2611 BC in Saqqara, located northwest of the city of Memphis, Egypt. Already the most recent observations of the woolly mammoth took place on the island of Wrangel from 2500 to 2000 BC.
5. Star Trek and the Civil Rights Movement
The Civil Rights Movement reached its peak in 1966, when humanitarian activist leader Martin Luther King Jr. led actions against racial segregation. That same year, the Enterprise ship began to paint on American television, when the original Star Trek series began airing.
6. Great personalities of history born in 1929
And speaking of Martin Luther King Jr., he was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. That same year, Anne Frank was also born on June 12 in Frankfurt, Germany.
For those unfamiliar with the story, Anne Frank was a German teenager of Jewish origin who was a Holocaust victim and died at the age of 15 in a concentration camp. During the persecution of her family, she kept a diary, which was published after her death and became one of the most important books of the twentieth century.