Commonly Known Historical Events That Never Actually Happened

Growing up, many of us hear about historical events that sound real, so we take them as fact. Yet, in many instances, these aren’t facts at all but are flat-out wrong. Some of these stories are nothing more than fabrications that dilute the actual events that once took place. Read on to take a look to see which historical events you thought were the truth this whole time, and see how they’ve been tweaked over the years and strayed away from what actually happened.

Christopher Columbus Discovered America

Most children in the United States are taught that “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” with his ships the NiƱa, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria across the Atlantic Ocean with the hopes of reaching Asia.

Engraving of Christopher Columbus
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Historical Picture Archive/CORBIS/Corbis via Getty Images

However, Columbus certainly wasn’t the first person to “discover” America, and he wasn’t even the first European to land in the Western Hemisphere. In fact, the Viking Leif Erikson is believed to have landed and established a settlement in North America almost 500 years before.