There’s a reason you shouldn’t believe everything you hear.
Through the decades, many facts about history have been exaggerated, distorted or just made up.
Now, we’re putting some of the most popular misconceptions to bed.
Although the Salem witch trials of 1692 were gruelling affairs, none of the 20 people put to death were burned at the stake.
Nineteen of the accused witches were hanged and one man was crushed with stones.
Lincoln's 1863 decree didn't technically free anyone because it only applied to the areas under control of the Confederacy, who even then, didn't obey.
It wasn't until 1865, with the passage of the 13th amendment, that slavery was officially abolished in the United States.
There are many theories about what started the massive blaze that burned down Chicago in 1871, but chances are it wasn't ignited by Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicking over a lantern -- though historians agree that it did start in her barn.
40 years after the great conflagration, a reporter for the Chicago Republican admitted that he and two other people invented the cow story.
At least 50 years before Thomas Edison patented the electric lightbulb in 1880, chemists were using electricity to make light.
Where Edison succeeded was in making the first incandescent bulb, which burned long enough to light a home for many hours.
When John F. Kennedy incorrectly said 'Ich bin ein Berliner' instead of 'Ich bin Berliner' (I am a citizen of Berlin) during a speech in Berlin, it was not interpreted as 'I am a jelly doughnut' by the German crowd (Although a Berliner is a type of jelly doughnut made in Germany).
According to a German instructor, JFK actually said, 'I am one with the people of Berlin.'
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