12 Impressive Facts About Historical Leaders

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Many inspiring leaders have changed the course of history with their actions. Although we know them for their successes, most of the time we don't get to know anything about their personalities. This list gathers compelling and unheard facts about historical leaders' lives!

1. Alexander The Great (B.C. 356 - B.C. 323)

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  • When Alexander came to throne, his first action was to get revenge on those who killed his father.

  • He went around 16,000 kilometers on a journey to destroy Persia.

  • He couldn't manage to survive this military expedition and never came back to Macedonia. He lost his life from malaria when he was 32.

2. Julius Caesar (B.C. 100 - B.C. 44)

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  • Caesar always wore a headband to hide his hair loss. 

  • It is believed that the month July is named after Julius Caesar.

  • Caesar was assassinated and his body had 23 different wounds. Caesar passed away due to this event.

3. Constantine The Great (272 - 337)

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  • Constantine The Great is the first Christian Roman Emperor.

  • Istanbul is named after Constantine. The city was known as Constantinople, which means Constantine's city, for a long time. 

  • Constantine had doubts about his wife and son and therefore he executed both of them.

4. Attila The Hun (406 - 453)

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  • Attila The Hun gave up on his idea to invade Rome after speaking with Pope Leo I. What they discussed is still an unknown mystery.

  • Attila unexpectedly lost his life bleeding out from his nose and mouth on his first night with his wife.

  • In order to keep Attila's tomb secret, people who knew the location of the tomb were killed.

5. Bumin Qaghan (??? - 552)

  • Bumin Qaghan was a blacksmith before founding Turkic Khanagate. 

  • Bumin wanted to marry Western Wei princess. The ruler Yuwen Tai rejected his request. Upon this rejection Bumin founded Turkic Khanagate.

  • Bumin Qaghan lost his life right after founding the Turkic Khanagate.

6. Genghis Khan (1162 - 1227)

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  • His father forced Genghis to marry a girl from a neighbour tribe when he was a child.

  • Genghis' father was poisoned when he was very young.

  • Genghis divided his empire between his four children before he died.

7. Mehmed the Conqueror (1432 - 1481)

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  • The Sultan enjoyed eating sea food.

  • He was 21 years old when he conquered Istanbul.

  • Mehmed enjoyed reading books. He kept original hand written pieces in his library. He could read many books in their original languages as he spoke Ancient Greek.

8. Ivan the Terrible (1530 - 1584)

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  • Ivan killed his own son ruthlessly as he believed that his son betrayed him.

  • He helped the progress of the Turkic tribes over the north Blacksea region by destroying Central Asia Turkic Khanagates.

  • He was found dead when he was playing chess. The historians later discovered that he was poisoned during the excavations of his tomb.

9. Napoleon Bonaparte (1769 - 1821)

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  • He was injured during the Siege of Toulon by a case shot when he was 24. Bonaparte was appointed artillery commander after this incident.

  • His war strategies were taught in military schools as lessons.

  • Napoleon is known to have had gastric cancer and he died due to this illness when he was 51. However, some still claim that he was poisoned.

10. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk (1881 - 1938)

  • Ataturk had a major interest in Turkish History. 

  • Ataturk spoke 8 different languages including French, English and Arabic.

11. Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945)

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  • There were 17 different assassination attempts targeting Hitler. However, he managed to survive all of them.

  • Hitler never learned how to drive a car.

  • Hitler never actually went to a concentration camp or ghetto in his life.

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