Skip to main content

Twenty Greatest Historical Myths Part-II

-sul4bh
10. Magellan circumnavigated the world
Everyone knows two things about Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan. One, he was the first man to circumnavigate the world; and two, during this historic trip, he was killed by natives in the Philippines. Of course, those two things tend to contradict each other. Magellan only made it half-way around the world, leaving it to his second-in-command, Juan Sebastian Elcano, to complete the circumnavigation.
9. Nero fiddled while Rome burned
We all know the story of mad Emperor Nero starting the Great Fire of Rome in 64 AD, then fiddling while the city burned. However, this would have been impossible. For one thing, the violin wouldn't be invented for another 1,600 years. OK, some versions of the story suggest that he played a lute or a lyre - but then, scholars place the emperor in his villa at Antium, 30 miles away, when the fire began. Though he was innocent of this disaster, however, there is much evidence to show that he was ruthless and depraved.
8. Captain Cook discovered
AustraliaMany Australians will agree that this isn't so - but for the wrong reasons. They will point out that, many years before Cook arrived in Sydney in 1770, Australia had already been visited by Dutchmen Abel Tasman and Dirk Hartog, and an English buccaneer, William Dampier. Of course, it had been previously been discovered some 50,000 years earlier by the indigenous Australians.But in fairness to Cook, he did discover a new part of the country - and more importantly, this led to the first white settlers (an opportunity that Tasman, Hartog and Dampier didn't take). So let's say that Cook DID discover Australia! Fine, but Cook was actually a Lieutenant when he sailed to the Great South Land. The "captain" rank might be a minor point, but it's certainly inaccurate - and as he is called "Captain Cook" so often that it might as well be his name, it's one worth correcting.
7. Shakespeare wrote the story of Hamlet
William Shakespeare is generally known as the greatest playwright who ever lived, even though most of his plays were not original, but adaptations of earlier stories. "The Tragedy of Hamlet, Prince of Denmark" (1603), probably his most famous play, was based on an ancient Scandinavian story. But while it might not have been the original version of the story, we can safely assume it was the best.
6. America became independent on July 4, 1776
Hold the fireworks! As most American school children (and many non-American ones) are aware, America's founding fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. However, the war raged for another seven years before independence from England was finally granted on September 3, 1783. On that day, Britain's George III and US leaders signed the Definitive Treaty of Peace.
5. Edison invented the electric light
Thomas Edison is known as the world's greatest inventor. His record output - 1,093 patents - still amazes us, over a century later. Astonishing, except for one thing: he didn't invent most of them. Most Edison inventions were the work of his unsung technicians - and his most famous invention, the electric light, didn't even belong to his laboratory. Four decades before Edison was born, English scientist Sir Humphry Davy invented arc lighting (using a carbon filament). For many years, numerous innovators would improve on Davy's model. The only problem: none could glow for more than twelve hours before the filament broke. The achievement of Edison's lab was to find the right filament that would burn for days on end. A major achievement, but not the first.
4. Columbus proved that the Earth was round
It was American author Washington Irving, some 500 years after Columbus sailed to America, who first portrayed the Italian explorer as launching on his voyage to prove that the Earth was round, defying the common, flat-earther belief of the time. In fact, most educated Europeans in Columbus's day knew that the world was round. Since the fourth century BC, almost nobody has believed that the Earth is flat. Even if that wasn't the case, Columbus would never have set out to prove that the Earth was round... simply because he didn't believe it himself! Columbus thought that the Earth was pear-shaped. He set sail to prove something else: that Asia was much closer than anyone thought. Even in this, he was wrong. To further besmirch his memory, it should also be noted that he never set foot on mainland America. The closest he came was the Bahamas. Pear-shaped, indeed!
3. Gandhi liberated India
To westerners, Mahatma Gandhi is easily the most famous leader of India's independence movement. He deserves credit for promoting the ancient ideals of ahimsa (non-violence). However, most historians agree that Indian independence was inevitable. Gandhi was just one of several independence leaders. The Indian National Congress was founded as early as 1885, when he was only 16. Gandhi's much-publicised civil disobedience was only a small part in the movement, and some historians even suggest that India would have achieved independence sooner if they had focused on the more forceful methods that they had used 50 years earlier, and which were still advocated by other independence leaders, such as Gandhi's rival Netaji Chandra Bose (who is also revered in India).
2. Jesus was born on December 25
Christmas is meant to celebrate the birth of Jesus, but there is no evidence whatsoever, biblical or otherwise, that He was actually born on that day. Nor is there anything to suggest that He was born in a manger, or that there were three wise men (although, as any nativity play will remind you, three gifts were mentioned). There are differing views as to why December 25 was chosen as Christmas day, but one of the most interesting is that the day was already celebrated by followers of Mithras, the central god of a Hellenistic cult that developed in the Eastern Mediterranean around 100 BC. The followers of this faith believed that Mithras was born of a virgin on 25 December, and that his birth was attended by shepherds...Which brings us to the number one historical myth - something that is drilled into the heads of nearly all American schoolchildren...
1. George Washington was America's first President
Everyone "knows" that Washington was the first of the (so far) 43 Presidents of the US. However, this isn't strictly the case. During the American Revolution, the Continental Congress (or the 'United States in Congress Assembled') chose Peyton Randolph as the first President. Under Randolph, one of their first moves was to create the Continental Army (in defence against Britain), appointing General Washington as its commander. Randolph was succeeded in 1781 by John Hancock, who presided over independence from Great Britain (see myth #6). After Washington defeated the British at the Battle of Yorktown, Hancock sent him a note of congratulations. Washington's reply was addressed to "The President of the United States". Eight years later, as a revered war hero, Washington himself became America's first popularly elected President - but strictly speaking, the FIFTEENTH President!

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

हेए माईट [कथा]

अनि मैले पनि “हेए माईट” भन्न थालेँ।

जिन्दगीको २३ बर्ष “नमस्कार”, “ओई”, “ओहो! के छ हालखबर”, “भाइ, सुन त”, “दाइ सुन्नुस् त” जस्ता सम्बोधनबाट वार्तालाप सुरु गरेर सकियो। त्यसपछि पलायन भईयो। त्यहाँ एक दशक बिताउँदा आफ्नै पारामा “हेलो” “हाई”, “एक्स क्युज मी”, “ए ! तपाई नेपाली हो” जस्ता सम्बोधनले वार्तालाप सुरु गरियो । अर्को अर्थमा भन्दा, यसैमा बानी परिसकेको थियो, त्यहाँ यही ढगंले बोलाउनु पर्छ भन्ने थिएन। मान्छेहरू सम्बोधन गरेकै आधारमा व्यवहार गर्दैनथे। आफुलाई जे ठिक लाग्छ त्यही अनुसार सम्बोधन गर्दा हुन्थ्यो। त्यसपछि जिन्दगीको नयाँ अध्याय सुरु गर्न गुँड सारेर बिल्कुलै नयाँ ठाउँमा लागियो।


१४ घन्टाको फ्लाईटबाट निस्केर ईमिग्रेसनमा पुग्ने बित्तिकै एउटा पुलिस आएर “हेए माईट” भन्यो। यताकाले “माईट” भन्छन् भनेर त पहिलै यता आएका साथीहरूले च्याटमा “अ’राईट माईट” भनेको सुनेको थिएँ तर के, कति, कस्तो ठाउँमा, कति मात्रामा “माईट” प्रयोग गर्नु पर्ने हो भनेर चाँहि राम्रो संग बुझेको थिईन। ईमिग्रेसन सकेर बाहिर पुग्ने बित्तिकै एउटा साउथ एसियन उबर ड्राईभर “हेए माईट” भन्दै आयो र छुट्ने बेलामा “अ’राईट माईट” भनेर गय…

Romanized Nepali Unicode

Download and Install Nepali Unicode Romanised to write in Nepali all over the web. First of all, you have to Download and Run the Program on your computer. Then, you have to do some settings on your computer to use Nepali Unicode Romanized. You can download Nepali Unicode Romanized from the Madan Puraskar Pustakalaya website for free.
Install Nepali Unicode Romanized in Windows XP:
Install:
Run setup file;
Go to control Panel;
Open Language and Regional settings;
Open Regional Language Options;
Go to Language Options & tick on check box (install files..... Thai, instal....east Asian...languages):
Click apply-it might ask for windows CD:
Insert CD or you can directly copy "i386" files too;
And install all: then you have done;
Click for details;
Then click add a tab;
A new popup will appear:
Select "Sanskrit" in the first box;
Select "Nepali unicode (romanized)" in second box;
Click "ok";
You have successfully installed it;
Press "alt+shif…

Aadha Baato (आधा बाटो) [Download] #Novel #Shrutisambeg

श्रुतिसंवेग मा हामी ले कृष्ण धरावासी को उपन्यास “आधा बाटो” को सम्पूर्ण डाउनलोड लिंक लिएर आएका छौ |आफ्ना जिवन भोगाइ का यथार्थलाई जोडेर तयार पारिएको उपन्यास ‘आधा बाटो’ कृष्ण धरावासी को आत्मकथा को रुपमा रहेको छ ।“राधा” जस्तो सफल उपन्यास लेखिसकेका धरावासी को यो पछिल्लो उपन्यास मा आफ्ना बाल्यकाल देखि हाल को अवस्था सम्म को कुराहरु समेटेर लेखिएको कारण उपन्यासलाई धरावासी ले ‘आधा बाटो’ भन्न रुचाएका छन् ।आफूले देखे सुनेको स्थान, नाम आदि का कारण यो उपन्यास पढ्ने तथा सुन्नेहरुलाई आफ्नै कथा जस्तो पनि लाग्न सक्छ ।उज्यालो ९० नेटवर्क को लागि निर्माण गरिएको कार्यक्रम श्रुति संवेग मा वाचन मा अच्युत घिमिरे हुनुहुन्छ भने प्रविधी मा दिनेश निरौला र शशिन्द्र गौतम रहनुभएको छ ।कार्यक्रम को अडियो श्रृंखला उज्यालो नाइन्टि नेटवर्क को कार्यक्रम श्रुतिसम्बेग बाट लिइएको हो ।Download : Krishna Dharabasi’s ‘Aadha Bato’ Episode –1Krishna Dharabasi’s ‘Aadha Bato’ Episode –2Krishna Dharabasi’s ‘Aadha Bato’ Episode –3Krishna Dharabasi’s ‘Aadha Bato’ Episode –4Krishna Dharabasi’s ‘Aadha Bato’ Episode –5Krishna Dharabasi’s…

Download Tihar Dhun and Deusi Bhailo Songs

Listen to Deusi Bhailo Songs.

शुभ दिपावलीको आगमनसँगै, यहाँहरुको लागि भनेर केही देउसी-भैलोका गितहरु अनलाइन राख्दैछौँ । आशा छ, यहाँहरुले यी देउसी भैलोका गितहरु मन पराउनुहुनेछ ।

Download Tihar Songs: Bhailini/Bhailo - भैलो

Download Tihar Songs: Bhailini Aayin / भैलिनी आइन आँगन

Download Tihar Songs: deusi re / देउसी रे

Download Tihar Song: tiharai aayo lau jhilimili / तिहारै आयो लौ झिलिमिली

Download Tihar Songs: diyo baali sanjh ko / दियो बाली साँझ को

Download: Tihar Dhun (Deusi,Bhailo)/ तिहार धुन(देउसी भैलो)- सुरसुधा

नोट: यी अपलोड गरिएका गितसंगितहरु व्यावसायिक प्रायोजनको लागि प्रयोग नगर्न आग्रह गर्दछौँ । इन्टरनेटमा भेटिएका गितहरुलाई हामीले यहाँ एकै ठाउँमा सजिलोको लागि राखिदिएको मात्र हौँ । तपाई यदि यी गित संगितको सर्जक हुनुहुन्छ र गित संगित यहाँबाट हटाउनुपर्ने भए जानकारी गराउनुहोला । फेरी एकपटक शुभ दिपावलीको हार्दिक मंगलमय शुभकामना व्यक्त गर्दछौँ ।

Shruti Sambeg : Radha [Review & Download]

Radha by Krishna Dharabasi is wonderful novel based on traditional era of Lord Krishna and Radha. The traditional plot of the story makes the readers/listeners feel that Dharabasi is narrating us the same old story of love of Radha and Krishna. However , the story based on the traditional plot it portrays the modern era in a dramatic way such that it speaks of so many hidden things that we will be amazed while ending it up.Radha and Krishna are the eternal lovers. Lord Krishna and Radha are together since childhood. But in teenage they are separated (as in the traditional story) and Lord Krishna has to go away leaving Vindraban for fulfilling the task for which he has taken birth.This brings tragedy to Radha and all the people in Vindraban.Radha waits for Krishna to arrive but he seldom does. She is stubborn to go meet Krishna. Later she sets out as a Yogini in a long voyage to search self, leaving her parents. She is accompanied by her friend Bisakha everywhere she went.Radha faces a…

एक रातको कथा

भोलिपल्ट घर फर्कने रात थियो । सम्पूर्ण सामानहरु प्याक गरिसकेपनि केहि छुटेछकी भनि सोच्न बसेको थिएँ । कतैबाट तिरिरि बाँसुरीको धुन सुन्दा मनै आनन्दित भयो । "ए, निदाइस क्या हो ? फोन बजिरहेछ", रुममेटले चिच्यायो । कल रिसिभ गरेँ, निद्राकै झोकँमा, "हेलो, सुनन आज म नेपाल बाहिर जाँदैछु, यस अघि पनि कल गर्न पाइन । म विस्तारमा पछि कल गरौँला", एउटा हतारिएको खवर सुने । "ए ....., शुभयात्रा है", भने तर म अझै पनि निद्रामै थिए । वास्तवमा उनिलाई मैंले ठम्याउनै सकिन, सायद निद्रामा भएरै होला, न त नाम नै सोध्न भ्याँए आफ्ना सबै परिचित व्यक्तिहरुलाई याद गर्दा पनि त्यो आवाज ठम्याउन सकिन । अब मात्र मैले प्रतिक्षा गर्नुपर्नेछ, उनको दोस्रो कलको ।

अर्को विहानै आफ्नो वाटो लागिसकेको थिएँ । यात्राका दौरानमा मेरो मन सधैं मेरो जन्मथलो पुगिरहेको हुन्थ्यो । जुन माटोमा म जन्मे, जहाँ हुर्केँ, मेरो वात्सल्य , बालसखा सबै झल्झल्ती याद आउन थाले । मलाई घर छिटो पुग्नु छ, किनभने मेरो प्रतिक्षामा कसैले धेरै महिना विताएको छ । त्यही बेला मैले लेख्न थालेँ :
“मेरो आउने वाटो हेरी, चौतारीमा कुर्छे होली,
मेरो…