Some people were concentrated evil. They did terrible things without any remorse. There were also less vicious figures who committed petty but still crimes. But some did not plan to do bad things to other people but caused the death of thousands of people without knowing it.
The man who saved Hitler
When little Adolf Hitler was 4 years old, he fell into an icy river and was saved by a priest from drowning and frostbite. According to another version, he was saved by one of his friends. In any case, no matter how awful it may sound, if this child had been drowned then, the planet would not have entered into such a destructive war.
Although, we are sure that those people who stood behind Hitler and financed the NSDAP in the early stages would have relied on some other person or radical party to resist the growing socialist sentiments in the Weimar Republic at that time.
The person who first suggested using asbestos
It is not clear who first proposed using asbestos in building materials, but it is known that this material has been used for over 4,500 years. Since the end of the 19th century, this material has become widespread in the construction industry due to its heat resistance, open flames, electricity, and chemicals.
Asbestos could be called an ideal material if not for its carcinogenicity. The International Agency for Research on Cancer has classified asbestos in the first category of carcinogenicity. It is one of the most dangerous materials that has killed thousands of people.
Today, asbestos is used less and less, but it remains in many materials.
Alfred, 2nd Prince of Montenuovo
Alfred, 2nd Prince of Montenuovo, was one of those close to the emperor of Austria-Hungary Franz Joseph I. He also hated Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife, Sophie. When they arrived in Sarajevo, Alfred decided that the distinguished guests were not worthy of military honors and withdrew a detachment of 40 thousand soldiers from the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
As a result, when the Archduke was attacked, there was no one to prevent the murder and the subsequent pogroms in the city. The assassination of Franz Ferdinand was the starting point for the outbreak of the First World War, which killed millions of people.
In 1898, Marie Curie, Pierre Curie and Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity, as well as the radioactive elements radium and polonium. This allowed later to invent both the peaceful use of the atom and the military. The latter affected at least 150 thousand people who were burned to death in the atomic fire of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
In addition, for some time, the radioactive elements discovered by Curie were used in dishes and decorations due to fluorescence – a glow in the dark. This also became the reason for the exposure of people and their death from radiation sickness.
In 1847, Philip Morris, a London entrepreneur, opened a shop selling tobacco and cigarettes. Later, Philip Morris & Co. was founded, and at the beginning of the 20th century, it was bought by a company from the United States.
The company expanded rapidly and today is present in 180 countries, selling products under various brands.
In those days, when Philip Morris traded tobacco, this product was not considered dangerous; on the contrary, its medicinal properties were even described. Today, there is an active fight against smoking, which causes cancer and other diseases. Unaware of this, Philip Morris caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.
The man who decided to use lead for dishes and water pipes
Even in ancient Rome, there was a water supply system, and it was made of lead. In those days, no one knew that this heavy metal was very toxic and carcinogenic. This metal tends to accumulate in the body, causing poisoning, which leads to the destruction of the skeleton, liver, and kidneys.
Since many people in the past used lead utensils and drank from sources that delivered water through lead pipes, this led to massive poisoning and death.