10 Huge Screw-Ups That Changed The Course Of History

alltime10sPublished: February 4, 2019
Published: February 4, 2019

You thought you'd messed up in the past? Well, whatever you've done is nothing compared to these mistakes that quite literally changed life as we know it. These are 10 Huge Screw-Ups That Changed The Course Of History.

#10 Bay of Pigs
By most accounts, even the conception of the Bay of Pigs, secret invasion of Cuba, was colossally misguided, since JFK made the call the call to launch a covert attack of Cuba based on faulty CIA Intelligence. The B-26 bombers disguised as Cuban planes mostly missed their shots and alerted Castro to the impending invasion.

#9 New Zealand Wars
Let’s face it, and the British Empire wasn’t exactly the most just administrative body in history. But unlike most colonial tensions, this one is mostly just an example of why you should always check your work. Anyway, back in 1840, the Empire under Queen Victoria was in talks with the Maori people of New Zealand, who sought protection from the illegal land deals of other trying to settle on the island.

#8 Pickett’s Charge
The American Civil War is often discussed as an ideological struggle, whether it is freedom vs. slavery or in some circles, federalism vs. states’ rights. However, the pivotal battle of that war appears to have been a case of screw-up vs. regular military competence.

#7 Fall of the Berlin Wall
In 1989, the USSR reforms were opening countries and introducing some market-friendly elements. In other words band-aids on the holes of the sinking ships. That included lifting travel restrictions on East Germans, who were pretty desperate to see friends and family who were over the wall. That excited a lot of East Germans who took it as permission to head straight to the west.

#6 Discovery of Australia
You see 182 years before British colonization, the first confirmed landing on the island came at the hands of the Dutch East India Company. Then the largest company in the world, the organization sent a ship captained by Willem Janszoon in 1606.

#5 The Challenger Disaster
Before 1986, the prospect of space travel was one of almost absolute wonder -save a little bit of cold war antagonism. But after the Challenger rocket exploded in the atmosphere and killed it sever person crew, the world never looked at stars the same again.

#4 D-day
As you know, D-day was one of the most pivotal battles of World War II, and quite possibly the turning point to an Allied victory. But, while the allied efforts deserve the utmost respect, it’s worth pointing out that Germany’s loss came as a result of quite a few judgment calls.

#3 Aristagoras
Around 500 BC, the Persian tyrant Aristogoras sought to conquer the revolting island of Naxos in an attempt to impress King Darius the Great. Aristogaras’ mistakes caused Darius to vow revenge on the Athenians, leading the Greco-Persian wars.

#2 Christopher Columbus
Christopher Columbus wanted to reach Japan to trade, but instead, he entered the West Indies- better known as the Americas and the Caribbean. Then led to centuries of colonization, slavery and pretty much the foundation as the western world as we know it.

#1 Mokusatsu
In 1945, before dropping of the atomic bombs of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the allied leaders issued an ultimatum with the Japanese government. In doing so, they made the not so subtle indication that any negative response would invite ‘prompt and utter destruction.’

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