The History Thread Admits It’s Wrong

Welcome to this week’s history thread! This week we’ll discuss times you were wrong about history. Surely we’ve all held erroneous beliefs about historical events or people that we later came to realize were bullshit. Perhaps even unwittingly spread them because it’s a cool story or you didn’t know better.

Today’s picture: On this day in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for espionage. Their case became a cause celebre during the height of the Cold War: the Rosenbergs were involved in a spy ring which passed information about the atomic weapons program to the USSR, and considering the climate of the times, there was virtually no chance they wouldn’t be found guilty. The two became martyrs to the Left, who either protested their innocence (which facts don’t substantiate) or argued, more convincingly, that they didn’t deserve the most extreme sentence meted out to them (other convicted Soviet spies tended to receive more lenient sentences).