Extramarital affairs will usually impact marriages, relationships, friendships and occasionally even employment — but history? It may not happen often, but as these 10 examples demonstrate, cheating on one’s spouse can sometimes have wide-ranging ramifications that can actually alter the course of history.
Paris and Helen of Troy
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Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn
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Catherine the Great and Grigory Potemkin
Charles Dickens and Nelly Ternan
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Mary Godwin and Percy Bysshe Shelley
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Prince Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson
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John F. Kennedy and Judith Exner
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Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor
John Lennon and Yoko Ono
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Gary Hart and Donna Rice
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