Category: United States

“Ugly Laws” in the US banned many disabled people from appearing in public until the 1970s. (source 1,2)

Photo: Lewis Hine/Library of Congress

Chicago was raised over 4 ft with screw jacks in the 19th century in order to install the first sewer system in the US.

The first woman to run for President of the United States was Victoria Woodhull in 1872, 50 years before women could vote. She had Frederick Douglass as her running mate, and spent election day in jail due to being arrested for obscenity.

When his eight years as President of the United States ended on January 20, 1953, Harry Truman took the train home to Independence, Missouri, mingling with other passengers along the way. He had no secret service protection. His only income was an Army pension.

When his eight years as President of the United States ended on January 20, 1953, Harry Truman took the train home to Independence, Missouri, mingling with other passengers along the way. He had no secret service protection. His only income was an Army pension.

There are over 300 people in the United States with the name ‘abcde’. The name is pronounced “Ab-si-dee”.

In the United States, people who turn 100 years old receive a letter from the President, congratulating them on their longevity. 

A squirrel monkey named Miss Baker was one of the first animals to be launched into space by the United States and recovered alive. She lived to the age of 27, becoming the longest living squirrel monkey, and her tombstone often has a banana or two on top of it.

The United States and Russia signed a treaty in 1967 agreeing not to nuke the Moon.

In 1918, the geographic center of the United States was determined by balancing a cardboard cutout shape of the US on a point. It was accurate to within 20 miles.