The oldest existing governing body operates in Althing in Iceland. It was established in 930 AD.
About US Presidents and Vice Presidents –
George Washington was inaugurated for his first term, on 30 April 1789, at Federal Hall in New York City. His second inauguration took place in Philadelphia. Thomas Jefferson was the first to be inaugurated in Washington DC. Jefferson also was the only one to walk to and from his inauguration.
The US Presidential candidate with the highest popular vote ever was Ronald Reagan. In 1984 he secured 54,455,075 votes. Reagan was also the candidate with the highest electoral vote: 525, in 1984. In that year he equalled the 49 states that Nixon carried in 1972.
Victoria Woodhull (1838-1927) was the first woman to run for office of US President. She and her sister were the first women to run a Wall Street brokerage (1870).
In 1975, Emil Matalik put himself forward as US Presidential candidate. He advocated a maximum of one animal and one tree per family because he believed that there were too many animals and plant life on earth. Louis Abalofia also put himself forward: his campaign poster featured a photo of him in the nude, with the slogan “I have nothing to hide.” In the 1860s, financier George Francis Train ran for office with one item: the introduction of a new calender based on his birth date.
The first president to fly across the Atlantic Ocean while in office was Woodrow Wilson.
George Washington was the first U.S. president to appear on a postage stamp.
The inauguration of George W. Bush on January 20, 2001 was only the second time in history when both parents of the newly elected president were present at the ceremony; the first time was with John F. Kennedy in 1961.
The first president to live in the White House was second president John Adams, who moved there in 1800.
The most words at a president’s inauguration was William Henry Harrisons’, at 8,445 words, which took an hour and 45 minutes, during a snowstorm.
The word “Christian” appears only three times in the Bible: Acts 11:26; 26:28; 1 Peter 4:16.
Psalm 118 verse 8 is in the center of the Bible: “It is better to trust in the Lord than put confidence in man.”
The word “grandmother” appears in the Bible only once: 2 Timothy 1:5.
A chariot imported from Egypt cost around 600 shekels of silver (1 Kings 10:29). That would be about $77,000. One shekel was 4 days wages.
The 66 books of the Bible is divided into 1,189 chapters consisting of 31,173 verses. The Old Testament has 929 chapters, the New Testament 260. (King James Version)
A scientific satellite needs only 250 watts of power, the equivalent used by two hour light bulbs, to operate.
The Space Shuttle always rolls over after launch to alleviate structural loading, allowing the shuttle to carry more mass into orbit.
The smallest transistor is 50-nanometres wide – roughly 1/2000 the width of a human hair.
In the 6th century BC Greek mathematician Pythagoras said that earth is round – but few agreed with him.
The thin line of cloud that forms behind an aircraft at high altitudes is called a contrail.
An electric oven uses one kilowatt-hour of electricity in about 20 minutes, but one kilowatt-hour will power a TV for 3 hours, run a 100-watt bulb for 12 hours, and keep an electric clock ticking for 3 months.
More personal telephone calls are made on Mother’s Day in the USA than on any other day in any other country.
The odds of being struck by lightning are about 600,000 to one.
92% of Chinese belong to the Han nationality, which has been China’s largest nationality for centuries. The rest of the nation consists of about 55 minority groups.
There are more than 150 million sheep in Australia, a nation of 17 million people.
The chance of being born on Leap Day is about 684 out of a million, or 1 in 1461. Less than 5 million people have their birthday on Leap Day.
The oldest surviving daily newspaper is the Wiener Zeitung of Austria. It was first printed in 1703.
Jean-Dominique Bauby, a French journalist suffering from “locked-in” syndrome, wrote the book “The Driving Bell and the Butterfly” by blinking his left eyelid – the only part of his body that could move.
The first color photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.
The first book published is thought to be the Epic of Gilgamesh, written at about 3000 BC in cuneiform, an alphabet based on symbols.
The world’s libraries store more than a 100 million original volumes.
Claire Danes has a swing in her apartment. “My parents had a swing, a trapeze and a trampoline in their apartment, I was inspired by that”
Jennifer Love Hewitt sent Matt Damon an inflatable bed because she read he didn’t feel like he has a bed of his own. She never heard back and now, he “looks at me a little weird”.
Keira Knightley was Queen Amidala’s decoy in Star Wars: Episode 1 though the film was promoted as if Natalie Portman played both roles.
Even though she appears in ads for Tommy Hilfiger’s True Star fragrances, Beyonce is reportedly allergic to perfume.
When he was little, Ben Affleck asked his mom for a dog and she tested him by making him walk an imaginary pup for a week. In the end, he only lasted five days and didn’t get the dog.
Liberally governed US States have much less freedoms.
The system of democracy was introduced 2 500 years ago in Athens, Greece.
Franklin D. Roosevelt had the longest term of office: 12 years. Roosevelt had three vice presidents serve during his four terms: John Nance Garner (1933-1941), Henry Wallace (1941-1945), Harry Truman (1945).
The candidate who ran the most times was Norman Thomas. He ran six times from 1928 and didn’t win any. Thomas ran for presidency in 1928, 1932, 1936, 1940, 1944 and 1948.
The United Nations organization (UN) was founded in 1945.
Only Richard Nixon served two terms as Vice President and also was elected to two terms as President.
Franklin Delano Roosevelt was also the first president to appear on T.V.
John Quincy Adams was the only American president who was also a published poet.
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s wife Eleanor Roosevelt ate three chocolate-covered garlic balls every morning. Her doctor recommended this to improve her memory.
The first president to visit both Alaska and Canada while president was Warren Gamaliel Harding, who visited Metlakahtha, Alaska, in July 8, 1923, and Vancouver, British Columbia in July 26, 1923. He sailed on the U.S. naval transport Henderson.
Ulysses Simpson Grant was the first president whose parents were both alive when he was inaugurated.
Delilah was given a few thousand pieces of silver to deceive Samson into revealing the secret of his strength. (NKJV) Judges 16:4-5: “And the lords of the Philistines came up to her and said to her, ‘Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies, and by what means we may over power him….and every one of us will give you 1100 pieces of silver.’ ”
The longest book chapter in the Bible is Psalm 119, the shortest is Psalm 117.
James, written around 45 AD, is the oldest book in the New Testament.
In Old Testament times the Mediterranean Sea was called the Great Sea.
The 7 Fathers of the Church:
St Athanasius, St Gregory of Nazianzus, St John Chrysostom, St John of Damascus, St Basil of Caesarea, St Gregory of Nyssa, St Cyril of Alexandria.
The raven is the first bird mention in the Bible. It appears in Genesis 8:7, when it is sent out from the ark by Noah to see if the flood waters have abated. The second bird was a dove, in verse 8.