12 Historical Predictions That Completely, Utterly Missed the Mark

On Ronald Reagan as an actor

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The United Artists executive rejected Reagan as the lead for The Best Man, and claimed he didn't have "that presidential look." He ended up being the 40th president of the United States from 1981 to 1989. We doubt you learned about this prediction in history class, but you may have learned about these other 18 other history lessons your teacher definitely lied about.

On electing a female prime minister

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In 1969, Margaret Thatcher didn't believe that a woman would become prime minister in her lifetime. Ten years later, she became the first female prime minister of Britain from 1979 to 1990.

On the longevity of the television

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In 1946, Darryl Zanuck, a 20th Century Fox movie producer, didn't foresee a bright future for the world of television. According to a story published by The New York Times 70 years later, "On average, American adults are watching five hours and four minutes of television per day." That statistic is true, but you'll wish these 10 messed-up facts from history weren't.

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