5 Major Historical Rivalries

The rivalry between people has always existed and will exist. Thanks to the rivalry, some of the greatest discoveries have happened, but also the greatest catastrophes, the wars.

Each side has its own story and everyone has the right to say their opinion. These are among the biggest personal rivalries, and you are left to “judge” who was right.

Nikola Tesla and Tomas Edison

The stories about this rivalry continue today. The essence of the argument was for alternating current (Tesla) and direct current (Edison), with each side claiming that their method is more efficient. Tesla blamed Edison for his inventions based on happiness, not logic and science, and Edison even made public executions of animals to prove that Tesla’s current is the most dangerous thing. Edison even publicly killed an elephant.

Leonardo DA Vinci and Michelangelo

DA Vinci, who was older thought that Michelangelo was an arrogant beginner who showed no respect for the elderly and the more experienced. Meanwhile, Michelangelo believed that Leonardo was “lagging behind”. The rivalry really began in 1503, when they were obliged to paint battles, one against the other, in the town hall in Florence. The mayor of Florence told them that they are the main competitors. According to a chronicler from Florence, when the artists debated about Dante, Leonardo had asked Michelangelo to explain the paragraph they discussed, here Michelangelo got angry and started mocking Da Vinci because of his inability to finish his deeds.

Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky

The disagreement between Joseph Stalin and Leon Trotsky began seriously after Lenin’s death, as the question “who will be his successor” was raised? Many in Russia thought that Trotsky should be the next leader, but Stalin managed to “remove” Leon by political sabotage and maneuvering. Stalin even lied to Leon for the day of the funeral of Lenin, so that he did not appear. He also “erased” him from all the photographs along with several other civil servants. Trotsky was exiled from Russia and went to Mexico, where he was killed in 1940 by a communist agent, a murder probably ordered by Stalin.

Caesar’s and Cato

Caesar’s time in the Senate was marked by laws that provided land and wealth to the poor, Cato attempted to block most of these actions because he regarded them as politically motivated and an attempt to get people’s inclination. Cato spoke of how Caesar planned to take over and destroy the republic. When Caesar captured Cato and offered him pardon, Cato did not want to acknowledge Caesar and killed himself with a knife in his stomach.

Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton

This rivalry had more scandals. Burr took Hamilton’s seat in the Senate that he inherited it. Since then, Hamilton has supported all the possible rivals of the Bohr with the help of the influential and the money he had. When Aaron was running for president, Hamilton supported Jefferson, after which Jefferson won. In 1804, Burr was in the race to become the governor of New York, where, once again, Hamilton took advantage of the influence he had to support Burr’s opponent.Then Burr challenged Hamilton to a duel and Hamilton unconditionally accepted it. Burr won and Hamilton was dead, but Hamilton did not allow the rivalry to end here because he wrote letters that were supposed to be published in the event of his death, and in which he insulted Burr and called him a massive tool for a duel.