Mussolini was Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Italy from the fascists’ takeover of state power in 1922 until 1943. Here, MusicSnake Magazine put together a list of ten rare facts you probably didn’t know about Benito Mussolini.
Number One: Mussolini Stabbed a Schoolmate
He never had the disposition to be non-violent, as it seems. When he was just a boy, he had to get expelled twice for stabbing a schoolmate with his penknife.
Number Two: Gandhi Spoke Highly of Him
Ironically enough, Gandhi thought Benito Mussolini was awesome, once upon a time. In fact, he had praised him for being “one of the great statesmen of our time”.
Number Three: Dictator’s Famous Car Sold for a Lot
It’s true! He has been seen a number of times riding his ’39 Alfa Romeo, and it’s been recently sold for a lot of cash: the amount was $3 million.
Number Four: Mussolini Bronze Bust Became Junk
Many dictators back in the day seemed to have big egos, which is why Mussolini had a bronze bust in the first place. It, however, was captured by American sailors, who then put it in a junkyard.
Number Five: He Had Syphilis
Mussolini is believed to have had syphilis at one point in his life. He hid this fact, however, by instead covering it up as a grenade-related wound he received from fighting in WWI.
Number Six: Duck Mussolini Is a Thing
A lot of propaganda was released to the public during WWII, and sometimes, it took the form of multiple cartoons. Duck Mussolini, made by those who produced the Looney Tunes, often appeared.
Number Seven: Churchill Loved Mussolini
When Winston Churchill met the dictator, he became an instant fan. In fact, he said that if he’d been Italian, he could have been with him in the beginning.
Number Eight: The Dictator Was Nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize
Strangely enough, in ’35, Mussolini was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize. It’s quite a mystery why, though, since there are no records of the written documents that would reveal the reasons for it.
Number Nine: The Dictator Had to Do This Before Marrying His Mistress
Despite the love Benito had for his wife, he also loved his mistress, whom he married later. In order to do so, they had to put his son in school so the act could be completed.
Number Ten: He Got Drunk at his Job
Way before the man was a political leader, he was a teacher, but not for very long. Mussolini got caught getting drunk at pubs, which hurt his chances at furthering his career in the field.