Dying on the 4th

July 28, 2014

Everyone knows John Adams and Thomas Jefferson both died on July 4, 1826, fifty years to the day of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but did you know James Monroe, the 5th President also died on the 4th, five years later (July 4, 1831)


President who didn’t speak English

March 22, 2014


Martin Van Buren (in office 1837-1841), did not speak English as his first language. Growing up in the Dutch community of Kinderhook, New York, he spoke Dutch as a child and learned English as a second language while attending the local school house.


1000 miles an hour

October 25, 2013

You may think that you are not moving too fast but the earth spins at a speed of about 1,000 miles per hour and orbits around the Sun at a speed of about 67,000 miles per hour. You are actually travelling very fast all the time.



Chaplin and Hitler

May 23, 2013


Charlie Chaplin who played Hitler in the 1940 movie The Great Dictator, was born April 16 1889. Adolf Hitler was born April 20 1889, four day later.


General Order No. 11

March 26, 2012

General Order No. 11 was issued by General Ulysses S. Grant on Dec. 17, 1862 expelling all Jews from Tennessee, Mississippi, and Kentucky. The order was issued because Grant thought the black market in cotton was run “mostly by Jews and other unprincipled traders.” It was revoked a few weeks later by President Lincoln.



March 23, 2012

Australia is the sixth largest country in the world. It’s about the same size as the 48 mainland states of the USA and 50 per cent larger than Europe, but has the lowest population density in the world – only two people per square kilometer.


Babies Born Every Second

March 17, 2012

Every second, about 4.2 babies are born in the world.