Les Miserables, Hitler, And The Nobel Peace Prize: 14 Things You Didn't Know About Benito Mussolini

By | January 1, 2020

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Benito Mussolini, Italian statesman circa 1940. (Photo by Roger Viollet via Getty Images)

When you hear the name Benito Mussolini, you probably think "fascist dictator" and "ruthless leader of World War II Italy." While those titles are accurate, there is much more to Mussolini than that. He was an odd and complex ruler who, believe it or not, was a huge fan of Les Mis and once nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. Here are 14 things you didn't know about Benito Mussolini. 

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As a child, Mussolini stabbed two people. (sheffield-made.com)

Mussolini Was A Rotten Kid

Born in 1883, Benito Mussolini was a problem child. He was in constant trouble for fighting and bullying other children, which eventually escalated to assault with a deadly weapon. He was expelled from not one but two schools for stabbing other children, one a fellow classmate at a church-affiliated boarding school and the other his own girlfriend. Mussolini led gangs of neighborhood boys who raided area farms and local businesses and even disrupted church services by pinching, poking, and inflicting pain on random members of the congregation.