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Amazing Date comparisons in History that make you look at Time from a Different Perspective

By Andrew Alpin, 19 July 2017

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It isn’t possible to remember every significant date in history but sometimes, coincidences and unique moments in history correspond with each other making such dates even more memorable and food for thought. Here are 15 amazing date comparisons that will really change your perception of time.

1 Darwin died in 1882 but his pet tortoise died in 2006

Guess who owned Darwin’s pet tortoise, Harriet? It was none other than Steve Irwin who owned it from 1987 after he got her from the Queensland reptile and fauna park. Darwin found Harriet in the Galapagos Islands when she was the size of a dinner plate. She was taken to Australia by his friend John Wickham.

Darwin died in 1882 but his pet tortoise died in 2006

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2 J. R.R Tolkien, Adolf Hitler, and Otto Frank, the father of Anne Frank, all served as foot soldiers at the battle of the Somme

The battle of the Somme was part of WWI and fought between July 1 and November 18 in 1916. Ironically, Adolf Hitler and Otto Frank found themselves fighting side by side on the German side. J.R.Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings fought on the opposite side as an officer with the British 11th Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers.

J.-R.R Tolkien Adolf Hitler and Otto Frank

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3 Pablo Picasso died the year Pink Floyd released Dark Side of the Moon (1973), one year after the birth of Eminem (1972)

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1972 -73 was an interesting year in history. It was the time when Pink Floyd recorded their iconic album, The Dark Side of the Moon in 1973. In the same year, Pablo Picasso at 92 died just one month and seven days later. Just a year earlier on 17th October 1972, the white rapper Eminem now almost a legend was born.

Pablo Picasso died the year Pink Floyd released Dark Side

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4 Some of the rings and moons of Saturn are younger than the dinosaurs by approximately 350 million years

Saturn discovered in the sixties was formed 4.5 billion years ago. Scientific research found that Saturn’s rings and moon s were formed just 100 million years ago. This means that Saturn’s rings and moons are younger than the dinosaurs which inhabited earth 230 to 66 million years ago.

rings and moons of Saturn

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5 Galileo died the same year Newton was born

Galileo Galilei, one of the most famous personalities in history was an astronomer, engineer, physicist, philosopher, and mathematician. Known as the Father of science, he died on 8th January 1942. Just 11 months later, another eminent personality and scientists Sir Isaac Newton was born. Newton, of course, was famous for his discovery of gravity.

Galileo died the same year Newton was born

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