Category: HistoryFacts

George Washington spent about 7% of his annual salary on booze.


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When US president Theodore Roosevelt died in his sleep in 1919, the sitting vice president, Thomas R. Marshall, said: “Death had to take Roosevelt sleeping, for if he had been awake, there would have been a fight.


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In 2017, U.S. weather disasters set a new record by causing $306 billion in damages. The previous record was $215 billion in 2005, the year of Hurricane Katrina.


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Napoleon was not unusually short. The French inch was longer than the British inch, so while he was thought to be 5'2" by most of the world, in reality he was closer to 5'7", an average height for a Frenchman.


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The Soviet Union detonated its first atomic bomb on August 29, 1949, at the Semipalatinsk Test Site in Kazakhstan. The event ended America's monopoly on atomic weaponry and launched the Cold War.


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A moon landing is the arrival of a spacecraft on the surface of the Moon. This includes both manned and unmanned (robotic) missions. The first human-made object to reach the surface of the Moon was the Soviet Union's Luna 2 mission, on 13 September 1959.


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The Sumerians, ( a civilization in ancient Mesopotamia) invented the wheel. The wheels were used to connect on chariots. It made it easier for them to get places faster.


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William Hill Brown is generally believed to have written the first American novel, "The Power of Sympathy," published in Boston in 1791, which relates a tragic love story.


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Apollo 11 was the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon, Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56 UTC.


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The first US President to live in the White House was John Adams ( the second President of the USA). Adams and his family moved to the White House in 1800.


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Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon, who led the first European expedition to Florida in 1513, named the state in tribute to Spain's Easter celebration known as “Pascua Florida,” or Feast of Flowers.


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