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What did the U.S. government buy for Alaska's Eskimos in 1891?
A: Sixteen Siberian reindeer - the start of the state's herd.
What state was the last to adopt the secret ballot?
A: South Carolina, in 1950.
Uncle Sam made his first appearance--beardless--in 1852. When did he acquire whiskers?
A: In his seventeenth year, in 1869, in "Harper's Weekly" magazine.
What state abolished its personal income tax in 1980 and refunded $185 million already collected to its taxpayers?
A: Alaska, which has the highest per capita income in the country.
What senator gave the longest filibuster on record--24 hours, 18
A: South Carolina Republican Strom Thurmond. He was opposing the 1957 voting rights bill.
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How many years of schooling did Benjamin Franklin have?
A: Two, one year in grammar school and one with a private teacher.
John Jay, John Marshall, Roger B Taney, and Salmon P. Chase were
all chief justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. What other distinction did they share?
A: They never went to law school.
What was the name of the father of Sioux Indian leader Sitting Bull?
A: Jumping Bull
In 1812 New York City's Federal Hall--the site of America's first presidential inauguration--was torn down and sold for scrap at
auction. How much did the city get for it?
What was Martin Luther King, Jr's name at birth?
A: Michael Luther King Jr.
Who was the first civilian astronaut launched into space by the
A: Neil Armstrong.
John Fulton was the first American citizen to do what?
A: Qualify as a Matador
A museum in Old Lyme Connecticut is dedicated to what?
Which state is the magnolia state?
What product sells best in American supermarkets ?
A: Toilet paper
What company used the advertising phrase "Often a
bridesmaid never a bride" ?
In New York , highway 9 is the official name of what
Who is Dick Grayson also known as?
A: Robin (Batman and Robin)
Erich Weiss gained fame as who?
A: Harry Houdini
An iron statue of Vulcan looks down Red Mountain at what
A: Birmingham Alabama
The world's largest collection of lawnmowers belongs to
A: Christopher Proudfoot
In what city did Will Rogers serve as honorary mayor?
A: Beverly Hills.
Eighty-seven-year-old Democrat Rebecca Latimer Selton held what
distinction in the political arena?
A: She was the first woman to become a U.S. Senator, when she was appointed by the governor of Georgia to serve the remaining day of a vacated Senate seat, November 21-222, 1922.
In 1992, the governor of Hawaii received a 30,000-signature
petition to change the name of the island of Maui--to what?
A: Gilligan's Island, in honor of the TV sitcom. Needless to say, the island is still called Maui.
Which territory in North America did Detroit's founder, Antoine
Laumet de la Mothe Cadillac, the man for whom the car is named,
serve as governor from 1713 to 1716?
Whose body was the first to lie in state in the rotunda of the
Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.?
A: Senator Henry Clay's. He died in 1852.
What country benefited from the first foreign aid bill approved
by the United States Congress?
A: Venezuela. In May 1812, Congress appropriated $50,000 for relief following an earthquake in Venezuela.
What was the first building erected by the federal government in
A: The executive mansion--later known as the White House. It was first occupied in 1800 by John Adams.
In a 1989 newspaper survey, only 9 percent of those polled knew
William Rehnquist was chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.
What judge was identified by 54 percent of those polled?
A: Retire California judge Joseph Wapner, of television's "The people's Court."
Of the 32 civil rights cases Thurgood Marshall argued before the
U.S. Supreme Court as the lawyer for the National Association for
the Advancement of Colored People, how many did he win?