Electricity was first installed in the White House in 1891. It was such a new concept that President Benjamin Harrison and his wife both refused to touch light switches due to their fear of electrocution so the White House staff had to follow them around and turn the lights off and on for them.
Up until 1962, women were not allowed to attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. At the urging of Helen Thomas, John F. Kennedy refused to attend until the ban was lifted. Helen Thomas was named president of the White house Correspondents’ Association thirteen years later.
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Teddy Roosevelt suffered a detached retina in 1908 after becoming blind in one eye due to a boxing injury in the White House. He later switched to jiu-jitsu and became a black belt.
Abraham Lincoln’s ghost is the most popular ghost story in the White House. Lincoln’s ghost is said to have haunted the White House since his death, and has been reported by over 20 employees and residents, including first ladies, Harry Truman, Teddy Roosevelt, and Winston Churchill.
The White House is not free for the President. He receives a bill for food and expenses every month.
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A rare photo of drug lord Pablo Escobar standing in front of the White House with his son in 1981.