Gerald Ford assumed the presidency following the resignation of Richard Nixon.
David “Screaming Lord Sutch”, as leader of the Monster Raving Loony Party, was Britain’s longest serving party leader until he hung himself in June 1999.
Half the world’s population earns about 5% of the world’s wealth.
George Washington was the first president under the US constitution of 1789. However, the US was an independent nation for 13 years before the Constitution was signed. For one year during this time John Hanson served as “President of the US in Congress assembled.” Technically, he was the first president of the United States.
India is the world’s largest democracy with more than 600 million voters.
14 of the 45 vice presidents have become president:
5 vice presidents have been elected to the presidency: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Van Buren, Richard Nixon, and George Bush.
4 vice presidents assumed the presidency after the president was assassinated: Andrew Johnson, Chester Authur, Theodore Roosevelt, and Lyndon Johnson.
4 vice presidents assumed the presidency after the president died of natural causes: John Tyler, Millard Fillmore, Calvin Coolidge, and Harry Truman.
James K. Polk’s inauguration was the first to be reported by telegraph.
He also gave the White House it’s official name in 1901. Before, it was known as President’s House, President’s Palace, and Executive Mansion.
Martin Van Buren was the first president to be born as a U.S. citizen.
President Rutherford Birchard Hayes never knew his father, who died a few months before he was born.
Abraham Lincoln was the first president to be born outside of the original 13 colonies.
The 12 disciples were not were not allowed to carry food, money, or extra clothing.
There are 66 books in the Bible, 39 in the Old Testament and 27 in the New Testament.
The longest word in the Bible is Maher-shalal-hash-baz: Isaiah 8:1.
III John has the fewest number of words of any book in the Bible.
Nowhere in the Bible does it say there were three wise men – Matthew 2:1 only says: “Magi from the east came to Jerusalem” and later they present three gifts. More
St Paul wrote 14 (of the 27) books of the New Testament.
The high jump method of jumping head first and landing on the back is called the Fosbury Flop.
Gymnasiums were introduced in 900BC and Greek athletes practised in the nude to the accompaniment of music. They also performed naked at the Olympic Games.
About 42,000 tennis balls are used in the plus-minus 650 matches in the Wimbledon Championship.
Sports command the biggest television audiences, led by the summer Olympics, World Cup Football and Formula One racing.
Yet, by 1905 80% of cars were petrol driven and by 1920 the electric car was, well, almost history.
New York cabs get about 2000 tickets per month, handed out by about 2000 traffic attendants.
In 1955, the Ford Thunderbird outsold the Chev Corvette 24 to one.
The world’s earliest known plank-built ship, made from cedar and sycamore wood and dated to 2600 BC, was discovered next to the Great Pyramid in 1952.
In 1913, the Russian Airline became the first to introduce a toilet on board.
The world’s oldest surviving boat is a simple 3 metre (10 feet) long dugout dated to 7400 BC. It was discovered in Pesse Holland in the Netherlands.
In Denmark there are twice as many pigs as people.
Measured in straight flight, the spine-tailed swift is the fastest bird. It flies 170 km/h (106 mph). Second fastest is the Frigate, which reaches 150 km/h (94 mph).
Of the 650 types of leeches, only the Hirudo medicinalis is used for medical treatments.
The coyote is a member of the dog family and its scientific name, “canis latrans” means barking dog.
The tongue of a blue whale is as long as an elephant.
The first novel, called The story of Genji, was written in 1007 by Japanese noble woman, Murasaki Shikibu.
The largest horse statue in the world, the Zizkov Monument in Prague, stands 9 metres (30 ft) tall.
When Auguste Rodin exhibited his first important work, The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.
Noah Webster, who wrote the Webster Dictionary, was known as a short, pale, smug, boastful, humourless, yet religious man.
Ian Fleming’s James Bond debuted in the novel “Casino Royale” in 1952.
Diane Lane’s mom, Colleen Farrington, was playboy’s Miss October 1957 (the ex playmate was also pregnant in one of her photo shoots)
Though Christina Aguilera is of Ecuadorian descent and recorded an album in Spanish, she doesn’t speak the language. I gathered that when she said mai gousta kantaar
Catherine Zeta Jones’ father owned a candy factory, but the star says she rarely indulged: “I had so many sweets and candy hanging around my house that I never even bothered with them”.
Tara Reid attended high school in New Jersey with American Idol contestant Constantine Maroulis.
Both Olsen twins had to wear fake teeth during the later years of Full House because their smiles began to look different.
Bolivia holds the highest turnover of governments. Since their independence from Spain in 1825, Bolivia has had almost 200 governments. Since 1945, Italy saw more than 50 governments and more than 20 Prime Ministers.
The youngest active system of governance is communism, which was introduced in 1848 by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.
The European Union was founded in 1957 as the European Economic Community. It then became the EC (European Community) and in 1993 the EU (European Union).
Funds raised by the US Presidential candidates 2000:
Ralph Nader – $5,989,559
Al Gore – $133,113,452
George W. Bush – $187,202,363
William Henry Harrison had the shortest term of office as president. He served from for 32 days, from 4 March to 4 April 1841.
The Organization of American States (OAS) was founded in 1948 to promote peace, security and the economical development of the western hemisphere.
John Quincy Adams is the only president to serve in the House of Representatives after his presidency, which was for 17 years.
Electric lights were installed in the White House during Benjamin Harrison’s term. His wife never used them because she was frightened of the switches. Due to their tremendous fear, a servant had to turn on or off the light switches for them.
On election night in 1876, Rutherford Birchard Hayes went to his bed believing he had lost the presidential election. The next day, however, his Republican campaign manager boldly proclaimed him the winner. It was discovered that three Republican states in the South (Florida, South Carolina, and Louisiana) had sent in double returns. The Democrats screamed foul, until it was revealed they too, had committed election return fraud. Congress debated the election results for weeks. The year ended with no U.S. president-elect. In January 1877, Congress appointed an electoral commission to laboriously re-count the entire vote and settle the dispute. On March 2, the commission announced that Hayes had 185 electoral votes and Samuel Tilden 184. If only one of the 20 disputed electoral votes had gone to him, Tilden would have been elected. His popular vote was 4,284,020, and Hayes at 4,036,572.
A collection of highly romantic love letters from Ronald Reagan to actress Nancy Davis, whom he married in 1952, was published in September 2000 and became a best-seller.
Jimmy Carter was the first U.S. President to be born in a hospital.