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Fun and Amazing Facts About the United States!
Some of Ghandi's ashes are at the Lake Shrine in Pacific Palisades near Los Angeles. These were the only ashes allowed outside of India when he died.
In 1919, Boston had a molasses disaster. 2 million gallons of crude molasses burst from a tank and pushed its way through the neighborhood and city. It killed at least 21 people and took weeks to clean up.
The "largest" city in the United States is Juneau, Alaska. It covers about 3,000 square miles. That's larger than the state of Delaware. In case you are wondering, Jacksonville, Florida is the largest in the lower 48 at just over 800 square miles.
The California grizzly bear is the state's official animal. However, in 1953 when it was named, it had already become extinct. The last known California grizzly to have been seen was killed in 1922.
Venus Fly Traps only live in the wild in the Carolinas and nowhere else in the world.
Not only was Ronald Reagan the oldest person ever elected president at age of 69, he has lived longer than any former president ever has, and has died at the age of 93. We will love you dearly, Mr. President!
Francis Scott Key, who penned the Star Spangled Banner, was a practicing lawyer. His sister, Anne Key, married Roger Brooke Taney, who later would be the Chief Justice that gave the decision in the Dred Scott case.
Martin Luther King, Jr., was originally named Michael, like his father. When Jr. was 5, dad changed both their names to Martin.
Amelia Earhart designed her own line of clothes that were sold all over the United States.
Degas, the great French painter, lived in New Orleans for one year, 1872-1873.
Calvin Coolidge had 2 pet racoons.
There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.
President James Garfield devised an original proof of the Pythagorean Theorem and piblished it in 1876. He once taught math at Hiram College.
Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
President William H. Taft had quite a second career. 9 years after his presidency, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme Court by President Harding. Taft was also the first president to submit a national budget and set a precedent by doing so.
Gen. Robert E. Lee married a relative of George Washington, Mary Ann Randolph Custis. She owned a plantation called "Arlington." They lived there 30 years until Gen. Lee resigned his commission to avoid fighting against his home state. The Lees vacated the property in 1861. Union troops occupied it and 200 acres were set aside to bury fallen Union soldiers. Today over 250,000 war dead are buried there. Now of course, it is known as Arlington National Cemetery.
In the middle of the Mojave Desert in California, sits a lone telephone booth, 50 miles from Interstate 15, and basically in the middle of nowhere. Nobody seems to remember when and why it was built. Years ago miners who worked nearby used it. Today you can get to it on dirt roads. It has a world-wide cult following now, with people from all over the world calling and visiting it. Nicknamed the Mojave Desert Phone Booth, it's number is: (760)733-9969. Kiddies, get your parent's permission! (*Note: This telephone apparently has been torn down.)
A mechanical engineer invented a device in the 1870's to oil train wheels while
the train kept running. It was called a lubricator. He made several others for various machines. His name was Elijah McCoy, and imitators followed. These imitations did not work as well, and people coined the phrase, "The Real McCoy" to denote the originals. What is so amazing about this fact? He was born to a runaway slave family. That's right, The Real McCoy was an African-American!
Immigrants being awed by the Statute of Liberty is a tale that has been
romanticized over the years. This was a view of richer passengers.
The truth is, most immigrants who came here by ship near the turn of the century were very poor. As a result, they traveled below deck with hardly any view at all. The first thing most of them remember is being herded like cattle onto Ellis Island.
A town called Terminus was founded in Georgia in 1837 because it was the end
of a railroad line. This town was made into Marthasville in 1843. What is this
"town" called today? Since 1845 it has been called Atlanta, of course.
The original bell, now referred to as the Liberty bell, was cast in London and came to this shore in 1752. It cracked a month later and was recast twice. The time and place of the current crack is actually unknown.
Contrary to many people, no star on the flag is specifically representing any one state. In fact, no law exists as to how they are even to be arranged.
A redwood tree in California has been dubbed the Tallest Living Thing.
It is about 367 feet high and resides in Montgomery Woods State Reserve.
It is now taller than the previous "Tallest" tree because it was damaged in
a storm and is now about 10 feet shorter.
July 4, 1776, is the "official" date when our country was born, but
actually was not one country until 1788. (I'll let you find out why!)
Martin Van Buren was the first president born in America after
it declared its independence from England. So, he was actually the first
president born in the United States, the country.
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