facts contain some little-known and curious facts about the United
States and its history! Feel free to read and enjoy them all. All facts
have been taken from various sources and have been checked for accuracy
as much as possible.
Edgar Allan Poe
was once an army cadet at West Point.
The first American poet
to achieve any notoriety was an African
named Phillus Wheatly
. One of her poems was
first published when
was 13. She wrote a poem about George Washington and later met him. She
died tragically at the
age of 30 in 1784.
composed his own epitaph when he was 22
Charles Lindbergh was not
the first person to fly across the
Atlantic. He was the
to make it alone. 2 Brits did it in 1919, and 2
later U.S. Navy pilots did the same thing! What is amazing is that
nobody remembers them!
was the first female to fly across the
once as a passenger,
and once as a solo pilot. She was the first to fly solo from California
to Hawaii, and
the first to fly solo from Mexico City to New Jersey.
Harry S. Truman
was the only president in this century who
a college education.
During the Civil War
, more soldiers died of disease
they did from
gunshots and fighting.
is the only state in the lower 48 that touches only
Long before the island of Alcatraz
in San Francisco Bay became
it was used as a military fort. Shortly prior to this, the first
located on the West Coast was built here in 1854
In 1924, 14 buffalo were taken to Catalina Island
off the coast
They were used in a movie, "The Vanishing American." The buffalo were
left behind, the herd grew larger, and today about 250 still roam free
on the island.
During later years, the population has been "controlled".
In 1940, Maurice and Richard McDonald
opened a barbecue car-hop
restaurant located in San Bernardino, Ca
. Shortly after W.W.II,
the menu down to offer burgers, fries, and shakes. Ray Croc,
appliance salesman, was baffled as to why they needed so many milk
makers. He found out soon enough. Franchise rights were sold
in 1955, and
Ray Croc opened one up in Des Plaines, Ill
. This was his first,
but actually the
. And the rest, as they say, is history. A museum
opened up at the original location-14th and E streets in San
the famous aviator, had visited Hawaii
aware of its beauty. He lived most of his life on the East Coast,
When he was ill and weeks away from dying, he checked himself out of
a New York hospital and traveled to Hawaii. He made plans for
and when he died he was buried
at a site on Maui.
he is still there
Los Angeles was not as "tall" as other large cites, and sprawls for
miles. One reason is that before 1957, there was a law against any building
having more than
. They were afraid of earthquakes. City Hall, built
in 1927, was the
lone exception. This is the building that dominates the skyline
in the old Dragnet
TV series. Today, it seems quite hidden.
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, there are 140 towns and
cities in the U.S.
that have the word "Christmas"
, in 1954, became the first corporation
in the U.S. to have $1 billion
in net income.
plant was named after Joel Poinsett
the first U.S.
Mexico in the early 1800's. He "discovered" them in Mexico in 1825.
In 1971, cigarette ads were banned
from television in the U.S
will be located in Kentucky
It is being cast in France and will weigh 33 tons
. It is for a
monument to the new millennium.
The first two navel orange trees
in the U.S. were from Brazil
and planted in Riverside, California,
Virtually all navel oranges grown
the U.S. are offspring from these trees. One of the original trees was
replanted by Teddy
in 1903 but died. The other is still alive today
in a park in
The first holiday
celebrated nation wide in the U.S. was the
100th anniversary of
inauguration, April 30,1889.
You don't need to travel out of the country to see one of Egypt's
A 3,000 year old obelisk
, named Cleopatra's Needle
located in New York
Central Park. Stands about 66 feet tall, weighs somewhere near 220
was given as a gift of friendship in 1879. Its "sister" is in London.
It was a
"monumental" task to bring it here!
John F. Kennedy i
s the only president
to have died
The largest oil-producing
field in the lower 48 states is in Taft,
The spillway over Shasta Dam
in Redding, California
largest man-made waterfall
at 438 feet.
The crookedest street
in the world is Snake Alley
in Burlington, Iowa.
The first motel
was built in San Luis Obispo, California
during the 1920's
when the Motor Inn merged the two words, motor and hotel. It is still