Sorting historical events in our brain often can be very confusing. It is mind-blowing seeing how things we’ve heard of and find familiar now have been present since ancient times. For example, did you know that Queen Elizabeth II and Marilyn Monroe were born in the same year?
Yet one is a legend of the past, while the other still rules today. That’s why when we think of stories happening almost a hundred years ago, they seem so distant to today and it confuses us and the way we look at the past. When someone is gone, or an era is over it looks like it’s gone a long time ago just because we don’t experience it as closely as some people did, and our perception of time it’s way different from theirs.
To illustrate this fact better about how young or old some things are, we’ve made a collection of pictures below that compare the oldest and youngest looking items or people that were actually present at the same time. The pictures below will definitely shift the perspective on how you look at the past.
Check out below these random facts for yourself, and prepare to have your mind blown!
1. Fascist Spain and Microsoft
From October 1936 up until Francisco Franco’s death in November 1975, Spain was ruled by a fascist dictator (other notable fascist dictators include Mussolini and Hitler). On the other side of the pond, in May 1975, Microsoft was founded by Americans Bill Gates and Paul Allen. The contrast between the development of these two countries at this point in time is stark to say the least.
2. ‘Starry Night’ and Nintendo
One probably wouldn’t associate video games and 19th-century oil painting with the same moment in history, but they’d be wrong. Vincent van Gogh painted his masterpiece “The Starry Night” in 1889 while staying at a mental asylum, the same year that Nintendo formed as a corporation (although, Nintendo’s first product was actually playing cards, not PlayStations).
3. Disneyworld and Sylvester Magee
On October 1, 1971, Walt Disney World opened in Orlando, Florida, to massive fanfare. Fifteen days later, Sylvester Magee, widely acknowledged as the last living former slave in America, died in Columbia, Mississippi.
4.Discovery of vitamins and the sailing of the Titanic
In 1912 Casimir Funk had a major scientific achievement. He discovered vitamins; the same year the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England. All in all, 1912 was a great year for medicine, but a bad year for transatlantic voyages.
5. Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr.
Anne Frank and Martin Luther King Jr. are heroes and icons who spent their lives fighting for human dignity and compassion. They’re widely regarded with the same awe and reverence, and they were both born in 1929.
6. Women’s voting rights and Apollo 14
7. Death of Charlie Chaplin and ‘Annie Hall’
Movies, as we know them today, wouldn’t exist if it hadn’t been for Charlie Chaplin. An early pioneer of the film industry, who set many of the standards and practices we still adhere to today, Charlie Chaplin died in 1977. It just so happened that one of the most recognized movies in Hollywood history, “Annie Hall,” premiered the same year.
8. Thomas Edison and the Empire State Building
Thomas Edison, the inventor of the lightbulb (among many other things), died in 1931; the same year the Empire State Building, which employs thousands of lightbulbs, was completed. President Herbert Hoover pressed a button in Washington D.C. that lit up the tower lights to officially open the building.
9. Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler
One an icon of peace, the other an icon of terror and hate, Mahatma Gandhi and Adolf Hitler lived at the same time. Hitler died in 1945; Gandhi was assassinated three short years later in 1948. At one point, Gandhi even wrote Hitler a letter imploring him to rethink the war.
10. ‘The Wizard of Oz’ and the Nazi invasion of Poland
11. The abolition of slavery and the iPod
In 2001, Steve Jobs changed the world when he launched the first version of the iPod. With room to hold 1,000–2,000 songs and a battery life of 10 hours, the first-generation iPod now sits in history museums. Five years later, when the sixth-generation iPod was launched, slavery was abolished in Mauritania, the last country on earth where it was still legal. And while technically the practice is criminalized here, Mauritania is still widely regarded as the slavery’s last stronghold.
12. Marilyn Monroe And Queen Elizabeth Were Born In The Same Year. Here They (Both 30 At The Time) Meet At A Movie Premier In London In October 1956
The two were both born in 1926 and once met each other, at the premiere of The Battle of the River Plate in London’s Leicester Square. Monroe was there to accompany her then husband Arthur Miller. You can see her here in the receiving line of guests waiting to shake the young Queen’s hand.
13. Former slaves and World War II
World War II officially began in 1938, although America staved off any involvement until 1941. In 1863, Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation and slavery officially became illegal with the passing of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865. It stands to reason, then, there would have been many former slaves alive at the time of WWII—those who had been slaves as children would have been in their late 70s or early 80s by the time America became involved in the war.
14. Pablo Picasso and ‘Dark Side of the Moon’
One of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso died in 1973. This is the same year Pink Floyd released their iconic album “Dark Side of the Moon,” making 1973 a major year for art of all kinds.
15. First McDonald’s and Auschwitz-Birkenau
On May 15, 1970, brothers Dick and Maurice McDonald opened a small hamburger stand in San Bernardino, Calif., called McDonald’s Bar-B-Q. Within a month, on June 14, 1940, the first group of prisoners, 728 Poles, were transported by German soldiers to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.
16. Country of Italy and the development of Coca-Cola
In 1861 the various states on the Italian Penninsula unified themselves, and Italy officially became a country. Five years later, in 1886, Atlanta pharmacist Dr. John S. Pemberton concocted Coca-Cola and sold the syrup to his neighborhood pharmacy.
17. Ottoman Empire and the Chicago Cubs
Before their third pennant win in 2016, the Chicago Cubs hadn’t won a world series since 1908. The Ottoman Empire, which had been established in 1299, didn’t fall until 1918 and was still thriving as the baseball team slumped into their legendary drought.
18. Spanish flu and WWI
One of the most deadly conflicts the world has ever seen, an estimated 37 million people lost their lives due to WWI. At the same time, the worst flu pandemic in recent history, the Spanish flu, broke out in 1918. The flu took an estimated 50 million lives worldwide—more than the war.
19. ‘Dr. Who’ and JFK’s assassination
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963. The next night, Nov. 23, 1963, the first episode of “Dr. Who” aired. The episode had to be repeated the following week as media coverage surrounding JFK’s death largely overshadowed the 25-minute episode titled “An Unearthly Child.”
20. Fall of the Berlin Wall and 9/11
Most adults alive today remember both the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks on 9/11. But what most don’t realize is that the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks are now closer to the fall of the Berlin Wall (which happened in November 1989) than to the present day. Twelve years lie between the fall of the Berlin Wall and the terrorist attacks while it’s been over 17 years since the terrorist attacks.