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A mistake is a mistake, no matter how big or small it is. Even a small mistake can change the course of history drastically.
Here is the compilation of some of the tiny flaws in the major events that shaped history!
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Yes, you heard it right! The sinking of the gigantic vessel could have been avoided in advance if the Fred Fleet had the access to the binoculars. But since it was locked, he couldn't prevent the impending disaster.
It all happened as the company spontaneously replaced the second officer, David Blair with Charles Lightoller and Blair had forgotten to hand over the keys to Charles and it stayed in his pocket.
The dictator, Joseph Stalin was scared of being assassinated. Even his security guards were prohibited from entering his room. They were frightened that one day, when he didn't come out of the room to carry out his routine task and nobody dared to step inside his room and find out the reason behind it. Even when the dictator was helpless, nobody checked and four days after this incident doctor declared him dead due to a major stroke.
On November 9, 1989, Schabowski, didn't bother to read the piece of paper which was given him to read before stepping up the rostrum. Though the speech was long and boring, once he began to talk about the relaxation in travel rules across the border, he grabbed the attention of spectators.
When he was asked, "When does that go into force?", He started flipping pages to find the answer. The moment he realized that he was making a fool of himself standing before a large mass of audience unprepared, he grumbled, "Immediately, right away!"
Soon people at The Berlin Wall were filled up with emotions; hysteria had reached to the limit. To keep the situation controlled and prevent it from getting cataclysmic, military stayed back and the wall came down.
A tiny spark that lit the fire of the World War I was the murder of Ferdinand and he was assassinated because of a stupid mistake. On a calamitous day, two assassinations were attempted and in both of them, his chauffeur played a decisive role.
In the first attempt, when the assassins threw a bomb at the carriage of Ferdinand, the chauffeur was successful in deflecting the bomb. Though the explosion took numerous lives, Archduke and Duchess were saved.
Later on, when Ferdinand expressed his desire to meet victims, Chauffeur took a wrong turn which changed the history. He straight away took the carriage towards one of the assassins who was hiding in the coffee shop. Gavrilo Princip fired two shots and he was dropped dead and the World War I set off.
On June 6, 1944, annexation took place. Erwin Rommel, who was ordered by Hitler to secure the coast of France. Marshal flew home to celebrate his wife's birthday as he was convinced that bad weather won't allow any invasion. By the time, he came back all the five beaches were captured by Allied forces.
Well, this was not the only goof up, the second which immediately followed after this was, the Germans thought to take the permission from Hitler to turn the battle in their favor, but since the Hitler was sleeping and nobody dared to wake him up from his sleep. This day played a decisive role in ending the Hitler's regime.
The Royal Printers from London, Robert Barker and Martin Lucas published the Bible in 1631. The Bible became infamous because of the stupid mistake of the printers. The phrase "Thou Shalt (not) commit adultery" was printed incorrectly and they omitted the word NOT.
After this blunder mistake, printers were fined heavily and their license was repealed. The wrong copies were burned and canceled immediately.
Just because of the computer software that produced the output in pound-seconds instead of metric units of newton-seconds, NASA lost its communication with the spacecraft which led to the disintegration of Mars orbiter.
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