10 Historical Facts Will Turn Your Perception of Time Upside Down



There’s a so-called “theory of synchronicity” that states every event in history is connected to all the others, one way or another.

Greatest Places decided to check this concept, and we couldn’t believe our eyes when we found these 10 facts.


The oldest tree in the world was already 1,000 years old when the last mammoth disappeared.

The oldest trees on Earth are bristlecone pines. A tree of this kind grows in the White Mountains of California, and it’s over 4,000 years old. However, another one has been found recently, and it’s over 5,000 years old. Mammoths are said to have gone extinct about 4,000 years ago.


Nintendo was founded when the Eiffel Tower was still under construction. At the same time, Jack the Ripper was on the loose.

Nintendo, a Japanese game corporation, was founded on September 23, 1889, and it produced gaming cards called hanafuda. At the same time, the future symbol of France, the Eiffel Tower, was under construction in Paris. Meanwhile, London was terrified of one of the most notorious criminals in history: Jack the Ripper.


The first bicycle appeared after the first steam train.

It seems that the bicycle has been present since time immemorial. However, it’s actually quite young: the first steam train was presented in 1797, while the bicycle prototype was only patented 21 years later, in 1818.


The Coca-Cola brand is only 31 years younger than Italy.

The Kingdom of Italy appeared on the world map in 1861. 31 years later, in 1892, the first Coca-Cola soft drink was produced.


Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Leon Trotsky, Franz Joseph, and Freud lived in the same city in 1913.

Just imagine: Vienna, a warm sunny day in the summer of 1913. A small café, in which Hitler, Stalin, and Freud are sitting at the same table, sipping their tea, and making small talk. It turns out that such a meeting was entirely possible.

Few know that these famous people lived in the same city and not so far from each other. Trotsky and Hitler were regular patrons of the same café (Cafe Central), while a couple of steps away was Freud’s favorite place, Cafe Landtmann. Stalin and Hitler lived just an hour’s walk apart and could have come across each other at any time.


Cleopatra lived closer in time to the moon flight than to the building of the pyramids.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, the largest of Ancient Egypt’s pyramids, was built in about 2540 B.C. Cleopatra actually lived much closer to our time, in 69-30 B.C. The flight of man to the moon took place in 1969.


Charlie Chaplin died the year Apple was founded.

Charlie Chaplin died in 1977 — the same year the Apple company was founded.


Harvard University was founded before Isaac Newton published the laws of motion and gravity.

Harvard University was founded in 1636, almost 50 years before Isaac Newton’s Principia Mathematica. This work was published in 1687 and contained the laws of motion and the law of universal gravitation.


The Wright brothers made their first flight just 66 years earlier than the first man stepped on the Moon.

Science develops rapidly, and the tempo only increases. The Wright brothers made their first piloted flight in 1903. In 1969, the first man stepped on the lunar surface. And that’s just 66 years!


The first fax appeared 10 years before the telephone was invented.

In fact, facsimile devices appeared even earlier than that, yet the very first working commercial “fax” started working on the Paris-Lyon line in 1865, being electrical and mechanical. In just 10 years, in 1875, Thomas Watson and Alexander Bell demonstrated the operation of their first membrane telephone.