Famous Events in History That Never Actually Happened


Most of us weren’t in the room for some of history’s most famous happenings, so what information we have now has been passed down through generations of historians. The risk with that is that it takes just one slip-up or folktale — whether because of an overzealous biographer, a creative retelling, propaganda, or just a story that’s easy to latch on to, to create a whole new version of events.

From half-truths and misunderstandings to straight-up fabrications, here are some historical events that didn’t happen like you thought they did.