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American Trivia

What unwanted distinction did the Red Lantern in Chicago gain on February 1, 1920?
A: It was the first speakeasy raided by federal agents during Prohibition.

The motto "In God We Trust" first appeared on U.S. currency in 1864. What was the denomination of the coin?
A: Two cents.

What was on the site of the Empire State Building before the 102-story skyscraper was erected in 1931?
A: The original Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

To whom was Santa Claus delivering Christmas gift in the Thomas Nast cartoon that first depicted him with a sleigh and reindeer?
A: Soldiers fighting in the Civil War. The cartoon, entitled "Santa Claus in Camp," appeared on the cover of "Harper's Weekly" on January 3, 1863.

What did the town of Lovelady, New Jersey, change its name to in 1962?
A: Loveladies.

When was "In God We Trust"--which first appeared on an American coin in 1864--adopted as the national motto?
A: In 1956.

What are the vital statistics of the 72-foot-high Betty Boop balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade?
A: A shapely 34-24-36 (feet, that is).

What famous Old West duo threw an elegant five-course Thanksgiving dinner for their neighbors as a thank-you for not being turned in to the law?
A: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. The dinner, from oysters to plum pudding with brandy sauce, took place in Brown's Park, a valley at the junction of  Utah, Colorado and Wyoming.

When television cameras moved into the Senate in 1986, who advised its members, "You learn your lines, don't bump into the furniture, and, in the kissing scenes, keep your mouth closed?"
A: President Reagan, who said the advice came from his Hollywood days.

When was the site of the Washington Memorial--completed in 1885--first proposed?
A: In 1791, in Pierre L'Enfant's original master plan for the District of Columbia.

What was the real name of criminal George "Baby Face" Nelson, who was Public Enemy Number One when he was gunned down by F.B.I. agents in 1934?
A: Lester Gillis, who adopted his famous alias when he was arrested in his teens.

How many American astronauts have walked on the moon?
A: Twelve, between July 1969 and December 1972. In order of their lunar visits: Neil Armstrong, Edwin Aldrin k Charles Conrad, Alan Bean, Alan Shepard, Edgar Mitchell, David Scott, James Irwin, John Young, Charles duke, Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt.

What was unusual about the hand-carved Great Seal of the U.S. that Soviet diplomats gave Averell Harriman in 1945 when he was U.S. ambassador to Moscow?
A: It contained a listening device that enabled the Soviets to monitor all conversations in Harriman's private study where the seal was displayed on the wall. The bug wasn't discovered until 1952.

How often can the design of an American coin be changed without Congressional approval?
A: Once in 25 years.

How many islands, reefs and shoals make up the Hawaiian archipelago?
A: 132.

What city on the Virginia-North Carolina border is named for the two states?
A: Virgilina.

Who was the first U.S. citizen to cross the Continental Divide?
A: Meriwether Lewis, on August 12, 1805, during his historic expedition with William Clark.


 

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