* * * Fun and Amazing Facts…Concerning the **United States**
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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.

Martin Luther King, Jr., was originally named Michael, like his father. When Jr. was 5, dad
changed both their names to Martin.


Neil Armstrong was the first man on the moon, everyone knows that.
But did you know that he was almost the first man “lost” in space ?
He was aboard Gemini 8 when it began spinning out of control while
attempting a docking maneuver.  Armstrong almost blacked out
before correcting the problem.

The last known passenger pigeonMartha, died in 1914 at a Cincinnati
zoo.  They were then extinct.

Peanut butter was invented by the brilliant African-American
scientist George Washington Carver. (1864-1943)

Zamboni machines, the ice rink resurfacers, were invented and
still being manufactured near Los Angeles, California.  Sonja
Henie had one made for her.

Skylab, the first American space station, fell to the earth in
thousands of pieces in 1979. Thankfully most over the ocean.

1816 has been called the “Year Without Summer.”
Canada and the northeastern U.S. experienced cold and snow
throughout the summer months.  An erupting volcano in the
Dutch East Indies was to blame.

The tomato was put “on trial” on September 25, 1820 in Salem,
New Jersey. In front of a courthouse, Robert Johnson ate
a basket of tomatoes to prove they were not poisonous.
The crowd waited for him to keel over dead. He never did.

The streets in Virginia City, Nevada, were once unknowingly
paved with silver ore.  When the locals found out what it was,
they tore up the streets in a frenzy in less than 2 days.

The first rockets in America were deployed by the British
against Fort McHenry in the War of 1812.  This attack was
witnessed by Francis Scott Key who immortalized them in what
is now our national anthem.

President Clinton is listed as our 41st president, but only 40 men
have held the office.  Why? Grover Cleveland held office during 2
nonconsecutive terms.  He was our 22nd and 24th president.
Incidentally, his full name is Stephen Grover Cleveland.

The Missouri River is 2,466 miles long and the Mississippi River
is 2,348 miles.  Why is the Mississippi called our longest river?
The Missouri is not continuous.  More correctly, the Mississippi
should be referred to as the longest continuous river.

In 1811, earthquakes hit an area near Tiptonville, Tennessee, and
created what was to become Reelfoot Lake. It is 14 miles long.

The United States captured Mexico City in 1847.

John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826.
This was 50 years to the day after the signing of the
Declaration of Independence.

Roger Sherman, was the only shoemaker to sign the Declaration
of Independence.

The Rolling Stones gave their first official concert in the United States in my
hometown of San Bernardino, California, June 1964. 

If you know of any more little known, fun, and amazing facts about the
US, please send them to me. Please make them readily provable. The
newest “facts” will always be listed on top. Come back often to see
any new entries.

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