Page 4 - History Facts

A British Gay Rights Activist Attempted Citizen's Arrest on Zimbabwean President in 1999!

Peter Tatchell and three members of his activist rights group called OutRage! Went to Zimbabwe on October 30th 1999 in order to arrest Robert Mugabe of murder, detainment without trial and abuse of gay human rights.

Peter and his activist group that included Alistair Williams, Chris Morris and John Hunt ran up to the Zimbabwean President's motorcade during his private shopping trip.

They grabbed his arm stating, "President Mugabe, you are under arrest for torture. Torture is a crime under international law."

Peter Thatchell was referencing section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Peter then turned to Robert Mugabe's bodyguards and demanded that they called the police. While the four ended up being arrested, detained, Robert Mugabe was allowed to leave.

The OutRage! activists were then taken to court in November in London and pleaded not guilty. The charges against the activists were then dropped.


Nintendo wanted Mario to ride Yoshi since the NES. It took 6 years for technology to make the concept possible!

Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto had wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur since just after the completion of the very first Super Mario Bros. game, but it took 6 years due to technology limits. 

If you’re a Mario fan, you probably know Yoshi’s first appearance was in Super Mario World, the first Mario game for the Super Nintendo. Unbeknownst to most, though, Yoshi had been around for several years already. 

Just after the first game came out in 1985, Miyamoto had wanted Mario to ride a dinosaur in a following game, but as he explained, the technology to have a player be able to activate and hop onto a totally different control scheme just wasn’t there. 

The NES wasn’t really powerful enough. But Yoshi finally came around in 1990 (1991 in the US). To date he is one of the more popular Mario characters, and along with Wario and Donkey Kong, has had his own successful franchise. 


After they died, the musicians from the Titanic were billed for their uniforms!

Most of us know the story of the RMS Titanic's on-board orchestra.

Specifically that, once the ship began to sink, the musicians continued to perform in hopes of keeping passengers calm as they were loaded into lifeboats.

These men, the brave Theodore Ronald Brailey, Roger Marie Bricoux, John Frederick Preston Clarke, Wallace Hartley, John Law Hume, Georges Alexandre Krins, Percy Cornelius Taylor, and John Wesley Woodward, played until the end, giving up their own lives to comfort hundreds more.

However, not everyone knows what happened after their tragic death.

These musicians were contracted by Liverpool firm C.W. & F.N. Black, who provided musicians for most British ships. And, for whatever reason, the firm did not have insurance to cover their Titanic performers.

Because of this, after the tragedy, C.W. and F.N. sent the following letter to the father of John Hume:

"We shall be obliged if you will remit us the sum of 5s. 4d., which is owing to us as per enclosed statement.

We shall also be obliged if you will settle the enclosed uniform account."

Hume's father did not settle the bill, instead choosing to reprint the letter in the Amalgamated Musicians Union's monthly newsletter, where it caused quite a stir.

It's incredible how heartless some people can be when money enters the picture.


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This man was unjustly committed to an asylum for 15 years! When released, he sued the place and won!

In 1956, Philadelphia citizen Kenneth Donaldson traveled to Florida. His mission: to visit his elderly parents.

While with his parents, Donaldson commented that he believed one of his neighbors may be poisoning his food. In response, his father, knowing his son had a mental episode 13 years prior, petitioned a local court for a sanity hearing.

During the trial, despite receiving no legal counsel or representation, Donaldson was diagnosed by the state as a paranoid schizophrenic. He was escorted to a hospital in the Florida State mental health system, where he was kept with dangerous criminals.

During his time in the asylum, Donaldson refused any treatment, continually proclaimed his sanity, and worked toward being released.

After 15 years, Donaldson finally escaped the asylum’s clutches and filed a lawsuit against the hospital. His case eventually made it to the Supreme Court, where Donaldson won by unanimous vote.

The case, O’Connor v. Donaldson, led to further deinstitutionalization of mental asylums in the United States.


A 400 year-old Bonsai tree survived the Hiroshima bombing!

During the Second World War, a B-29 bomber dropped the first atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima, Japan, killing thousands of people there and then. However, a small Bonsai tree survived. At the time it was over 300 years old, having been planted in the 1600’s.

Japan actually gifted the tree to the United States for it's bi-centennial, along with 53 other bonsai trees. All of these trees now resides in the U.S. Capital, and are considered one of the most striking collections there. The Bonsai is now 400 years old and probably has tons of stories to tell.



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