Posts Tagged “United States”

What Was Operation MUZAK?

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Marlene Dietrich

FACT OF THE DAY: Operation MUZAK took place during World War II. The United States would have artists like Marlene Dietrich (a German star who became a US citizen) record sad, melancholic songs about lonely soldiers. The aim was to lower the moral of the German soldiers. In 1945 Dietrich was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her contributions as the plan worked.

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Bald Eagle Mating Habits

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Bald Eagle

FACT OF THE DAY: The bald eagle, the official emblem of the United States of America, has quite the unique ability. Bald eagles are able to mate while they are flying or while they’re in a state of free fall.

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Where Chickens CAN’T Cross the Road

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chickens crossing the road

FACT OF THE DAY: There is a place in the United States where chickens can’t cross the road. In the town of Quitman, Georgia, it is illegal for chickens to cross the road. If caught, the chicken owners can be held liable.

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The First U.S. Honorary Citizen

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Winston Churchill

FACT OF THE DAY: There are currently eight people who have received the distinction of being named honorary United States citizens. There are eight, but only one of them could be the first. Those bragging rights belong to former British Prime Minister Sir Winston Churchill.

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First United States Presidential Election

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George Washington

FACT OF THE DAY: It was 230 years ago today, January 7, 1789, that the United States held its first ever Presidential election. George Washington would win the election to become the first United States President. He would officially be sworn into office on April 30, 1789.

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Panama Gets the Panama Canal

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FACT OF THE DAY: It was 19 years ago today that Panama FINALLY gained control of the Panama Canal. December 31, 1999 (1 day before Y2K) was the day the United States handed over control of the canal to Panama for the first time. This was done in accordance with the Torrijos-Carter Treaties.

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Last Time United States Was Debt Free

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FACT OF THE DAY:  When was the last time the United States was debt free?  The last time that happened was also the first and only time that has ever happened. That honor goes to 7th President Andrew Jackson who on January 1, 1835 paid off the national debt in full. 

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What Time Did Pearl Harbor Attack Begin?

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Pearl Harbor

FACT OF THE DAY:  Today is a day that will never be forgotten in United States history. Today, 77 years ago on December 7, 1941, the Japanese attack against the US Naval Base at Pearl Harbor occurred.  The attack lasted 110 minutes. At what time did the Pearl Harbor attack begin? It started on a Sunday morning at 7:55 am (Hawaiian time).

 

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The Turkey, America’s National Bird?

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Turkey

FACT OF THE DAY:  The turkey has come to represent the Thanksgiving holiday. Did you know that it almost came to represent the United States? After the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, Congress gave the trio of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, and John Adams the task of coming up with a seal for the new country. The trio could not come to an agreement. It was said the Benjamin Franklin was pushing for the turkey to become the national bird.

 

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The Price for Alaska

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Mount Deception in Alaska

FACT OF THE DAY:   On March 30, 1867, the United States agreed to a deal with Russia. The Treaty of Russia was signed and made official. As part of this treaty, the US agreed to purchase the area known as Alaska for the price of $7.2 million.

 

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