20/12/2014 06:43 GMT | Updated 21/12/2014 15:59 GMT

10 Famous Historical Events That Are Actually Myths

Rumours spread by journalists and misunderstood metaphors have led to these incredible falsehoods creeping into our history.

From LBJ inventing an attack on the US to witches who weren't actually burned alive, these astounding facts will give you something to impress people down the pub.