USA Fast Fact of the Day

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.

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Feast Day of the Chair of Peter a liturgical expression of the belief in the episcopacy and hierarchy of the Catholic Church.

1990 Milli Vinilli The duo wins the Best New Artist Grammy for their album Girl You Know It’s True.  The Grammy was later revoked when it was discovered that they didn’t perform on the album.

1989 First Grammy Award for Rap D.J. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince (Jeff Townes and Will Smith) win for Parents Just Don’t Understand.

1983 U.S. announces that it will buy out property owners in dioxin-tainted Times Beach, Missouri

1980 Miracle on Ice: In Lake Placid, New York, the United States hockey team defeats the Soviet Union hockey team 4-3.

1943 USS Iowa The battleship is commissioned.  In 1943 it became the only U.S. Navy ship with a bathtub; which was installed to accommodate Pres. Roosevelt who would have had difficultly using a shower.

1928 Ku Klux Klan announces they are shedding their masks and changing their name to Knights of the Green Forest.

1879 Frank W. Woolworth opens his first store, in Utica, New York. All the merchandise was priced at 5¢. It failed almost immediately, so he found a new location and tried again.

1856 First national meeting of the Republican Party is held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

1819 Florida Purchase Treaty signed, the U.S. acquires Florida from Spain.

1630 Popcorn The settlers get their first taste of the treat, a gift from the Indian Quadequina.

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2013  A meteor crashing in Russia’s Ural mountains injured at least 950 people, as a shock wave blew out windows and rocked buildings.

2003 Iraq War Millions of people in 800 cities around the world protest the upcoming war.  This was listed in Guinness Book of Records as the world’s largest protest.

1993 First woman to pitch in an NCAA or NCIA college baseball game Freshman Ila Borders pitches the entire game for Southern California College in their 12-1 victory over Claremont-Mudd.

1965 Canada’s new red and white Maple Leaf Flag is officially raised.

1946 Computers ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer), the first general-purpose stored program electronic digital computer, is dedicated at the Moore School of Electrical Engineering in Pennsylvania. It could calculate 1,000 times faster than anything previous. It required 18,000 vacuum tubes and 130,000 watts of power.

1898 Spanish-American War U.S. battleship Maine explodes in the Havana, Cuba harbor killing 260 men. Although the cause of the explosion has never been verified, it was blamed on the Spanish, and with the rallying cry “Remember the Maine, to hell with Spain” and led the U.S. into war.

1856 First camels imported to the U.S. for commercial purposes American naval officer David Dixon Porter leaves Turkey with a shipload of camels. They were unloaded in Texas the following May. Source: Famous First Facts

1848 Abraham Lincoln on Preemptive War Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion, and you allow him to do so, whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose-and you allow him to make war at pleasure. Study to see if you can fix any limit to his power in this respect, after you have given him so much as you propose. If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada, to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, “I see no probability of the British invading us” but he will say to you “be silent; I see it, if you don’t.” The provision of the Constitution giving the war-making power to Congress, was dictated, as I understand it, by the following reasons. Kings had always been involving and impoverishing their people in wars, pretending generally, if not always, that the good of the people was the object. This, our Convention understood to be the most oppressive of all Kingly oppressions; and they resolved to so frame the Constitution that no one man should hold the power of bringing this oppression upon us. (see  full letter)

1764 City of St. Louis Missouri is founded.