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Important Historical Events That Have Largely Been Forgotten

Mason Bird

An avid learner, Mason Bird studies cybersecurity through his university’s business school. In addition to his current academic focus, he maintains an interest in a wide range of topics. Mason Bird regards himself as a lifelong student of history and loves learning about ancient and current history.

While some historical events continue to be celebrated in popular culture, others have been forgotten. Here are a few important historical events that don’t get much popular appreciation:

The Spanish Flu
Occurring near the end of World War I, the Spanish Influenza killed between 50 million and 100 million people in just two years. Although the outbreak led to major breakthroughs in science and medicine, some historians believe that the virus killed more in 25 weeks than AIDS has killed in 25 years.

Edith Wilson in the Oval Office
After Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, his vice president refused to accept any presidential duties. In order to keep things running, Edith Wilson, the president’s wife, began handling all communication with the president and gave orders regarding the Treaty of Versailles on his behalf.

The Bretton Woods Conference
A meeting of 730 delegates from the 44 Allied nations, the Bretton Woods Conference sought to outlaw practices that threatened world prosperity during the final days of World War II. During the meeting in New Hampshire, delegates established international banking systems and paved the way for the creation of the World Bank.

An avid learner, Mason Bird studies cybersecurity through his university’s business school. In addition to his current academic focus, he maintains an interest in a wide range of topics. Mason Bird regards himself as a lifelong student of history and loves learning about ancient and current history.

While some historical events continue to be celebrated in popular culture, others have been forgotten. Here are a few important historical events that don’t get much popular appreciation:
The Spanish Flu
Occurring near the end of World War I, the Spanish Influenza killed between 50 million and 100 million people in just two years. Although the outbreak led to major breakthroughs in science and medicine, some historians believe that the virus killed more in 25 weeks than AIDS has killed in 25 years.
Edith Wilson in the Oval Office
After Woodrow Wilson suffered a stroke, his vice president refused to accept any presidential duties. In order to keep things running, Edith Wilson, the president’s wife, began handling all communication with the president and gave orders regarding the Treaty of Versailles on his behalf.
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