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.
sent bombs aboard balloons to the United States
during World War II
Dozens of them actually landed, doing some damage. A family in Oregon
actually killed by one in 1944. There might be more just laying around
undiscovered! This story is perhaps the most amazing here!
The largest man-made lake
in the U.S. is Lake Mead
by Hoover Dam.
Boulder City, Nevada
, is the only place left in the state
where gambling is
The government did not want workers on the Hoover
gamble their money away. (Apparently there is one more place in Nevada: Panaca
in the U.S. were closed
during the week
March 5th - 12th, 1933.
This was to keep scared people from taking all their money out.
The deadliest hurricane
in the U.S. hit Galveston, Texas
September 8, 1900. There is no exact count , but estimates are between
6,000 and 10,000 people were killed.
The 30's gangster Machine Gun Kelly
gave the FBI the nickname
The first gold rush
in the United States happened in Dahlonega,
Before 1913, the U.S. had no income tax
. The 16th Amendment
so the government could do what they wanted to with the money.
was first served at the 1904 St. Louis World's
businessman wanted to increase tea sales in America.
The first coast-to-coast telephone
line was established in
Mary Mallon, better known as Typhoid Mary
, was the first known
carrier of typhoid fever in the U.S. She was confined to
a hospital the last 20 years of her life because she refused to stop
working as a cook. She died in 1938.
President John Tyler
was aboard the USS Princeton when a gun
exploded. It killed 8 people including the man who would have
been his future father-in-law. John Tyler was also the first
to get married
while in office.
The London Bridge
, built about 160 years ago in London, was
1968 to Lake Havasu, Arizona.
In 1850, the U.S. wanted to build a canal
Panama. The French
started the Panama Canal
sold the rights to the U.S.
150 residences in New York City got the first televisions in 1936
The first program
NBC broadcast to them was a cartoon of Felix
More Civil War battles were fought in Virginia
than in any
, Tennessee, is the world's
of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.
Hernando de Soto
became the first European
to reach the
More than one-fourth
of the entire population of Memphis
was wiped out by yellow fever
, has what is believed
, named Goliath, as well as the largest
opening and cavern room in the world
In the 1930's
, the U.S. government sent farmers
the midwest to "colonize
" the Matanusk Valley in Alaska
proved a success and today that region is perhaps the only important
agricultural area in the state.
The largest meteorite crater
in the world
is in Winslow,
. 4,150 feet across and 150 feet deep.
General Ulysses S. Grant
's real name was Hiram
was once one state
. People in the
half did not want to secede. So, West Virginia
to the union in 1863. The other half, still named Virginia became
a member of the confederate states.
US Highway 550, near Durango and Silverton, Colorado
, is called
the Million Dollar Highway
because it was paved with low
grade gold ore in the road bed.