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.
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
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
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
California grizzly to have been seen was killed in 1922.
Venus Fly Traps
only live in the wild in the Carolinas and
else in the world.
Not only was Ronald Reagan
the oldest person ever elected
at age of 69, he has lived longer than any former president ever has,
has died at the age of 93. We will love you dearly, Mr. President!
Francis Scott Key
, who penned the Star Spangled Banner,
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
Martin Luther King, Jr.,
was originally named Michael,
his father. When Jr. was 5, dad changed both their names to Martin.
designed her own line of clothes that were
all over the United States.
the great French painter, lived in New Orleans for
had 2 pet racoons
There are no poisonous snakes
President James Garfield
devised an original proof of the
Theorem and piblished it in 1876. He once taught math at Hiram College.
was the first president
born in a hospital.
President William H. Taft
had quite a second career. 9
after his presidency, he was appointed Chief Justice of the Supreme
Taft was also the first president to submit a national budget and set a
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
The only black sand beach
, in the continental United States is Black Sand Beach in California.
A mechanical engineer invented a device in the 1870's to oil train
the train kept running. It was called a lubricator. He made several
others for various machines. His name was Elijah McCoy
imitators followed. These
did not work as well, and people coined the phrase, "The Real McCoy
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
romanticized over the years. This was a view of richer
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
A town called Terminus
was founded in Georgia
because it was the end
of a railroad line. This town was made into Marthasville
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
cast in London
and came to this shore in 1752. It
cracked a month later and was recast
The time and place of the current crack
is actually unknown
Contrary to many people, no star on the flag
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
It is about 367 feet high
and resides in Montgomery Woods State
It is now taller than the previous "Tallest" tree because it was
a storm and is now about 10 feet shorter.
July 4, 1776
, is the "official
" date when our
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
it declared its independence from England. So, he was actually the
president born in the United States
, the country.