6 pairs of historical figures you didn't realize were contemporaries
Some historical figures that are rarely mentioned in the same context seem to belong in different eras. It's surprising how many legendary lives actually overlapped.
#1 Charles Darwin and Abraham Lincoln were born on the same day
These two iconic thinkers were born on February 12, 1809.
#2 Queen Elizabeth II was born in 1926, so was Marilyn Monroe
In 2020, Marilyn Monroe would be 94 years old.
#3 Erwin Schrödinger and Stephen Hawking
When Stephen Hawking became a student, Erwin Schrödinger was still alive, fighting with tuberculosis.
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#4 Christopher Columbus was a year older than Leonardo Da Vinci
Though many people believe that Da Vinci lived years before the discovery of the New World, he was even a year younger than Columbus. As the information traveled very slow back then, it's still unclear whether Leonardo was aware of Columbus' discovery.
#5 The inventor of the first successful airplane was still alive when the first man to walk on the Moon was born
Orville Wright, one of the famous Wright brothers, was 58 when Armstrong was born. The other brother, Wilbur, died in 1912. The brothers achieved the first successful flight in 1903, and only 66 years later humanity reached the Moon.
#6 Jimi Hendrix died earlier than Pablo Picasso
Many people know about Hendrix's tragic life story, but some find it surprising that the iconic artist Pablo Picasso actually outlived the famous musician. At the time of Hendrix's premature death in 1970, Picasso was 88. He died at the age of 91.
Did you know these people were historical contemporaries? Do you know any other unlikely simultaneous historical events?
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