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Calendar >  Interesting & Unusual Trivia Facts About America & Our History

Interesting & Unusual Trivia Facts About America & Our History

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TR Robertson–Trivia exists about everything. Facts and trivial bits and pieces of information exists about America and the over 200-year history of this country. Here are some historical trivia facts and some current facts about our nation to add to your trivia knowledge.

  • The streets in Virginia City, Nevada, were once paved with silver ore. When the locals found this out they tore up the streets in less than 2 days.
  • George Washington was once one of the wealthiest Presidents with assets worth more than $500 million in today’s dollars.
  • Two-thirds of all U.S. $100 bills are held outside the U.S.
  • The “tomato” was once put on trial on September 25, 1820, in Salem, New Jersey. Robert Johnson ate a basket of tomatoes to prove they were not poisonous. A crowd stood in front of the courthouse to see if he would die, which he never did.
  • The two longest rivers in the U.S. are the Mississippi and Missouri River.
  • In 1890, there were only 1,000 bison remaining from what was once over 30 million bison on the plains.
  • The Library of Congress is keeping an archive of every tweet ever tweeted.
  • The only successful escape from Alcatraz, in 1962, is still under investigation by researchers.
  • Of the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence, eight of them were British.
  • The first two drafts of the Declaration were written on hemp paper, 75% of all the world’s paper was made from cannabis hemp fiber.,
  • Thomas Jefferson use to greet visitors to the White House wearing his robe and slippers.
  • American Indians were not made citizens of the U.S. until Congress acted in 1924.
  • The last person to ever receive a Civil War pension from the U.S. government was Irene Tipplett. She received a $73 monthly check until her death at the age of 90 in June 2020. Tripplett’s father, Moses, deserted the Confederate army and joined the Union during the Civil War. He was 84 when he fathered Irene.
  • Statistically, the deadliest job in America is President. Of the 45 men who have held the post, four have been assassinated, a rate of 9% (or 1 in 10) killed on the job.
  • In 1918 a flu epidemic killed 548,000 in the U.S.
  • Every day 100 acres of pizza are served in the U.S. – probably more these days.
  • The Pentagon is the largest office building in the world boasting 17 miles of corridors.
  • The Hollywood Bowl, in Los Angeles, is the largest amphitheater in the world holding almost 18,000 people.
  • President James Madison was 5’4” tall and weighed less than 100 pounds.
  • It costs the government 1.7 cents to mint a penny.
  • One of the thirteen articles in the 1781 U.S. Articles of Confederation stated that if Canada wants to be admitted into the U.S., it will automatically be accepted.
  • Thomas Jefferson invented the swivel chair.
  • Snake Alley, the most crooked street in the world, is located in Burlington, Iowa.
  • The 30’s gangster, Machine Gun Kelly, gave the FBI the nickname “G-Men”.
  • Atlantic City, New Jersey, has the world’s longest boardwalk. Built in 1870, it was the first boardwalk in the U.S.
  • 150 residences in New York City received the first televisions, in 1936.
  • James Buchanan was the only U.S. President to never marry.
  • Ohio is listed as the 17th state in the U.S., but technically it is the 47th as Congress forgot to vote on a resolution to admit Ohio to the Union until 1953.
  • During the construction of Mt. Rushmore, more than 800 million pounds of stone was removed.
  • The first gold rush in the U.S. happened in Dahlomega,, Georgia, in 1828.
  • Every second, Americans collectively eats 100 pounds of chocolate (maybe more these days)
  • There is an island off the coast of South Carolina inhabited entirely by wild monkeys.
  • The first program NBC broadcast was a cartoon of “Felix the Cat”.
  • GPS is owned and controlled by the U.S. Government and can be switched off at any time.
  • There are three towns in the U.S. named Santa Claus.,
  • The North American beaver is the continent’s largest rodent, average weight 60 lbs.
  • George Washington is the only President to be elected unanimously.
  • There is a city named Big Ugly in West Virginia.
  • The oldest airport in the U.S. is in Maryland, founded by the Wright brothers.
  • Ulysses S. Grant was the first President to run against a woman. Virginia Woodhull was the nominee of the Equal Rights Party in 1872.
  • By law, only dead people can appear on U.S. currency.
  • 80% of the land in Nevada is owned by the U.S. government.
  • In Montana, cows outnumber people 3 to 1.
  • The only President who was an executioner was Grover Cleveland. When he was sheriff of Erie County, New York, he hanged a murderer.
  • An estimated one in ten of us could be a blood relative to one of the original 102 pilgrims who arrived aboard the Mayflower in 1620.
  • During Prohibition, the government started poisoning beer, leading to an estimated thousand deaths.
  • In 1919, Boston had a molasses disaster. Two million gallons of crude molasses burst from a tank and pushed its way through the neighborhood and city, killing at least 21 people and taking weeks to clean up.

Little known facts and trivia from our nation’s history. More in another article.

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