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  1. In ancient Rome, commoners would evacuate entire cities in acts of revolt called "Secessions of the Plebeians", leaving the elite in the cities to fend for themselves

  2. President Jefferson, a slaveholder, refused to recognize Haiti after the Haitian Revolution and imposed a trade embargo on them to ensure their economic failure, for fear that a successful slave revolt in the West Indies would inspire slaves in the US

  3. A revolt of textile workers in 14th century Florence led to the son of a washerwoman becoming president when he entered the palace barefoot and overthrew the oligarchic government. For 4 years the republic was ruled almost entirely by middle class artisans and shopkeepers

  4. After Spartacus’ revolt in 73 BCE, 6,000 slaves were crucified along a 120-mile stretch of road called the Appian Way. This equated to roughly 50 slaves per mile or roughly 1 slave every hundred feet. The mass crucifixion served as a deterrent to anyone else who thought to defy Rome.

  5. In Ancient Rome, the working class would evacuate entire cities in acts of revolt called "Secessions of the Plebeians." After leaving the elite to fend for themselves, commercial transactions would stop, and workshops would have to close.

  6. Haiti is the first and only nation established as the result of a successful slave revolt.

  7. In ancient China, a huge war was sparked because of a board game gone wrong. The crown prince was arguing with his cousin, the son of a regional king, during a match of a game called Liubo, and when his cousin offended him, he threw the board at him. He died from the blow. His father revolted.

  8. In 1599, Shakespeare satirically wrote that the governments would eventually make the masses fat because lean men are dangerous, whereas fat men are easier to prevent from revolting and keep entertained.

  9. During a revolt at the Auschwitz Concentration Camp, a member of the SS was stabbed, then burned alive in a crematorium oven

  10. In 1680, the Puebloans of N.M., united by leader Popé, expelled their Spanish oppressors by force for the next 12 years, enabling the natives to preserve their rich culture which still exists today. The Pueblo Revolt is considered the most successful indigneous rebellion in American history.

What are some fun facts about revolts?

The Sonderkommando in Auschwitz revolted by throwing three SS personnel into the crematorium furnace alive.

A group of Soviet prisoners were able to revolt and seize control of their gulag for 40 days

Chinese emperor Qin Shi Huangdi died eating mercury pills that were supposed to prolong his life. Afraid that news of his death would cause a revolt, his trusted advisors transported his body back to his palace among barrels of rotten fish, to mask the smell.

The Mandate of Heaven, which legitimized the rule of Chinese Emperors, differed from the Divine Right of Kings in that natural disasters and revolts were seen as a sign from Heaven that the Emperor had lost the mandate and therefore deserved to be overthrown.

There is a PG rated horror movie about tomatoes that revolt against humans, and their only weakness is a song known as "Puberty Love"

When the Kurds revolted against British rule in the 1920's, Winston Churchill said; ''I am strongly in favour of using poisoned gas against the uncivilized tribes… it would spread a lively terror.'' Decades later, Saddam Hussein did what Churchill advocated (Poison Gas Attack on Halabja, 1988).

The African country of Liberia was founded by Americans to resettle freed black slaves. It is the first and oldest republic in Africa and is the only African country to have gained independence without revolt from a colonial power.

That, during an English peasant revolt, a rebel leader nicknamed Captain Pouch promised to protect the rebels by the contents of his pouch. When the rebellion failed and he was captured, all that was found in his pouch was a piece of green cheese.

In early Vietnam, after a Chinese general assassinated a man suspected of creating a revolt, the mans wife and her sister created and headed an army of 80,000 to take back Vietnam from the Han Dynasty. They then established an independent Vietnam for 3 years as 2 ruling Queens.

After the Haitian Slave revolt, France demanded the newly independent country compensate former plantation owners who had lost their 'property' to the tune of $21 Billion (inflation adjusted)

Kirk Douglas decided to get blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo credited for Spartacus when Kubrick suggested that his own name be used. Douglas found Kubrick's eagerness to take credit for Trumbo's work revolting. - fact check

In April 1943, Jews living in the Warsaw Ghetto started an uprising against the Nazis. The revolt ended a month later, resulting in the deaths of only 100 Nazis, and over 57000 Jews being killed during the Uprising or in the aftermath.

During the US Civil War, the US flag never removed the stars that represented revolting states and actually added one for the new state of West Virginia in 1863.

Alfred Hitchcock was frightened by eggs and was particularly revolted by egg yolks and how they broke and spilled. He never did eat one.

In 569 B.C., according to greek historian herodotus, a single fart sparked a revolt against king apries of egypt.

Bumblebee queens rule their colony by keeping their daughters chemically subdued to stop them from reproducing and to have them do her bidding. Towards autumn she stops this to produce new queens, so her daughters start a revolt, killing their mother and subsequently destroying their colony.

In 1514, Gyorgy Dozsa attempted a peasants revolt. After failure, he was forced to sit on an iron throne while wearing an iron crown and holding a scepter. The only catch was that all three were red-hot. His fellow rebels were forced to "bite into his burning body" and "drink his flowing blood."

Henry Ford built an entire city in the jungles of Brazil in order to source rubber for tires. Local workers revolted due to the American food, conditions, and restrictions. Not a single tire was produced and the plant was abandoned in 1934 at a loss of $20 million ($208 million today).

The future US President Millard Fillmore was captured by pirates when he was a fisherman and was forced into servitude for ninth months. He then killed the boatswain with an axe and led a revolt to recapture the ship. He then sailed the ship back to Boston were the pirates were hanged.

About Witold Pilecki the only known person that voluntarily entered Auschwitz to see what was happening there. He led revolts and escaped 3 years later

King Louis XVI asked, "Is it a revolt?" when he learned of the attack on the Bastille. He was told "No Sire, it is a revolution."

In Haiti's 1805 constitution, white men were banned from owning land, and all citizens were defined as "black". This came shortly after a successful slave revolt and independence.

In July 1939, Montgomery suppressed an Arab revolt in British ruled Palestine. He was later quoted saying about the experience, "I shall be sorry to leave Palestine in many ways, as I have enjoyed the war out here."

Fremont used Sutter's Fort as a garrison for his troops and as a prison for Mexican officers.

That, in terms of global population, the deadliest conflict of all time was the An Lushan Rebellion, an eighth century revolt against China's Tang Dynasty. Its death toll is estimated to be between 5% and one-sixth of the world's total population at the time.