Ironic Moments in History: please add your suggestions!

Nov 2016
41
Australia
#1
I was reading about ancient Carthage and how they plundered the silver in Spain (and enslaved the iberians) ... just as Spain was to do in the 'New World" 1500 years later. I found this amusing and interesting.....

If you define Irony (Situational/Dramatic) as ".... wryly amusing, .... the full significance of a character's words or actions is clear to the audience (in the future) although unknown to the character...."
 
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Nov 2010
7,648
Cornwall
#2
Not sure it's particularly ironic. Firstly 'Spain' post 1492 (as a marker point) is absolutely nothing to do with Carthaginian Iberia and secondly the mines of Cartagena area and Rio Tinto area were still churning out stuff for the Romans later, and for the Spanish right through to the beginning of the 20th century.

Little bit like saying those nasty Saxons came and invaded our English lands so we got them back by bombing Dresden.
 
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Feb 2014
289
Miami
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The Athenian league sought to dominate all of its member states like an empire when they all fought for freedom and liberty

USA sought to bring liberty and democracy to the post ww2, but happened to install more dictators or puppet presidents with rigged elections and supported movements to disrupt the formation of legitimate democracies as there was even the slightest risk they may become a little socialist.

We condemned the hollocaust but the USA genocides the vietnese population and left the nation in ruins and tried to point to communism as the reason for failure and not the ravages of war and embargo’s

The USA push for self determination in Europe while having independence movements of their own that are oppressed or were suppressed (Hawaii, Philippines, peurto rico, Dixieland, idk about Alaska independence if it’s modern or had existed. Native Americans like Dakota)
 
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Nov 2016
41
Australia
#4
Not sure it's particularly ironic. Firstly 'Spain' post 1492 (as a marker point) is absolutely nothing to do with Carthaginian Iberia and secondly the mines of Cartagena area and Rio Tinto area were still churning out stuff for the Romans later, and for the Spanish right through to the beginning of the 20th century.

Little bit like saying those nasty Saxons came and invaded our English lands so we got them back by bombing Dresden.
You are no fun.
 
Nov 2016
41
Australia
#5
John Sedgwick’s Death

Why are you dodging like this? They couldn't hit an elephant at this distance."[6]Reports that he never finished the sentence are apocryphal, although the line was among his last words.[7]He was shot by a Whitworth rifle moments later under the left eye and fell down dead.
 
Oct 2015
363
Belfast
#6
Sigurd the Mighty, a ninth-century Norse earl of Orkney, was killed by an enemy he had beheaded several hours earlier. He'd tied the man's head to his horse's saddle, but while riding home one of its protruding teeth grazed his leg. He died from the infection.

The owner of the company that makes Segways died in 2010 after accidentally riding his Segway off a cliff..
 

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Ad Honorem
Jan 2017
3,063
Republika Srpska
#8
John VI Kantakouzenos inviting the Ottomans to come to Europe to help him in the civil war that raged in Byzantium at the time. Of course, the Ottomans would later be the ones that would end Byzantium.
 
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May 2017
1,007
France
#10
1812:Napoleon came back from Russia.In Paris,the putsh of the general Mallet,who said "Napoleon is dead" failed.Napoleon convoks the two traitors,Fouche,chief of the police,and Talleyrand,minister of the foreign affairs.
-"Fouche ! You are the gangster,the robber,the criminal !!!! You merit to loose your head on the guillotine ……"
-Sir,i don t share your opinion.....
-"Talleyrand ! You are the gangster,the robber,the criminal !!!! Worse than Fouche,you are s....in a silkstocking....."
-Sir,i share your opinion,but everything which is excessive is uninportant…."
 

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