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IN History & Culture ON 09 Dec, 2015
Everything that happens, small or big, writes its story on the pages of time. Those deeds may be small but have the power to change the ending of the story. And guess what, a happy ending may turn into a sad one. Following is a list of stupid mistakes, tiny but significant, which changed the course of history drastically.
The key unfortunately didn't make the journey, as a result binoculars were locked up. Fred Fleet was responsible for looking at the icebergs but without the binoculars, assessing the danger was not possible.
Stalin's had a great fear of getting assassinated. His Security team couldn't enter Stalin's because it was it was forbidden to do so without permission. One day he didn't come out of his room to carry out his routine and guards didn't have enough courage to enter. But it was an emergency, and they would end up dead in any case. He was lying helpless inside his room when the guards found him, they were in an immense fear. Even the doctors examined him with trembling hands. He was dead, four days after the incident.
The Berlin wall was a bureaucratic accident that was comical in nature. East Germany had decided to loosen up the travel restrictions. Günter Schabowski was an East Germany politician. He held a press conference to bring into the information of people, the relaxed rules. On Nov. 9, 1989, he was given a piece of paper that he didn't even bothered to read before delivering the speech. He started a long boring speech but relaxing the rules between the borders caught everyone's attention. Some reporters asked him, "When does that go into force?" He muttered, "Immediately, right away." The press soon got into the business reporting the news that glorified East Germany's decision to take down the Berlin Wall right away.
Archduke's chauffeur played a critical role in both the assassination attempts that were planned. The first attempt failed because the chauffeur was successful in deflecting the bomb that the assassins had thrown on the carriage. Numerous lives were lost in the explosion, but the Archduke and the Duchess were saved.The Duke expressed his desire to meet the victims. On their way to the hospital, the chauffeur took the wrong turn that led directly to Gavrilo Princip who fired two shots with duke and the duchess dropped dead- World War I set off.
Erwin Rommel, who was commanded by Adolf Hitler to defend the coast of France was convinced that mast probably there would be no invasion by the enemy troops because of the bad weather. The funny part is that he went home to celebrate his wife's birthday, and the other commanding officers left to participate in training exercises. On June 6, 1944 (the same day as his wife's birthday), there was an invasion and the allied forces captured all the five beaches by the time Rommel was back.
In 1631, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas, royal printers from London published Wicked Bible, (also called Adulterous Bible or Sinners' Bible). While the Bible was meant to be the reprint of the King James Bible, it became infamous as the Wicked Bible because of a mistake from the printers' end. The word 'not' in the sentence "Thou Shalt Not Commit Adultery" was omitted in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:14).
Due to a computer software that produced the output in pound-seconds, instead of the metric units of newton-seconds, NASA lost communication with the spacecraft as it went closer into orbital insertion September 23, 1999.