16 Historical “Facts” That Are Totally False

9. Benjamin Franklin DID NOT propose the wild turkey as the national symbol for the United States instead of the bald eagle. He did wrote a private letter to his daughter in which he expresses his dislike of the eagle and preference for the turkey, but never expressed that sentiment publicly. More info on here.
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10. Chastity belts were not invented in the 5th – 15th centuries to prevent women from losing their virginity. They were invented in the 18th century to prevent teens from masturbating because they believed masturbation led to insanity. More info on here.
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11. Marie Antoinette did not say “Let them eat cake” upon finding out the French peasantry was starving. The quote was published by Rousseau when she was 10 years old and was more likely said by the king’s wife or made up by Rousseau. More info on here.
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12. Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It’s a celebration of Mexico’s victory against the French in the Battle of Puebla. Mexico’s Independence from Spain is celebrated on September 16. More info on here.
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13. Vomitoriums were not used for vomiting, and it was not customary to vomit between courses while dining in ancient Rome. Vomitoriums were used as entrances through which Roman crowds entered and exited stadiums. More info here.
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14. Nobody was burned at the stake during the Salem witch trials. The accused either died in prison or were hanged. More info in here.
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15. The Pilgrims did not have buckles on their hats or wear the same, dark-colored clothing. The popularized image of pilgrims was created in the 19th century when buckles were a symbol of quaintness. More info here.
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16. The U.S Declaration of Independence was not signed on July 4, 1776. It was approved by Congress on that date and signed on August 2, 1776. More info here.
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