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Which country other than USA named its capital after the president of the United States?
Liberia was created in 1847 by freed slaves from the United States. They established a government modelled on that of the United States and named its capital city, Monrovia after James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization.
Who was the first to navigate the Northwest Passage? (sea route connecting the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans)
Roald Amundsen. In a three year journey between 1903 and 1906, Amundsen explored the passage with a crew of no more than six, in the converted 47-ton herring boat Gjøa. Spending winters with ship trapped in ice, he learned from the local Netsilik people about Arctic survival skills that would later prove useful. For example, he learned to use sled dogs and to wear animal skins in lieu of heavy, woolen parkas. Amundsen later led the expeditions to discover the South Pole (1911) and the North Pole (1926).
Whose monuments may be found in the United States?
The founder of Ku-Klux-Klan. As of 2007, Tennessee had 32 dedicated historical markers linked to Nathan Bedford Forrest. High schools are named for Forrest in Chapel Hill, Tennessee, and Jacksonville, Florida. Tennessee celebrates July 13 as "Nathan Bedford Forrest Day."
Who built and lived in Teotihuacan, the most impressive pre-Columbian Mesoamerican city?
It is not known. The city is ancient - its largest pyramid, the Pyramid of the Sun, was completed by AD 100. It predates most known cultures of Mesoamerica. The origin of its founders is uncertain, and its original name is also unknown. It housed a population of about 150,000 people, making it one of the largest cities in the world at that time.
On March 30, 1981, US president Ronald Reagan and three others were shot and wounded by John Hinckley, Jr. What was his motive?
He wanted to impress Jodie Foster. Hinckley became obsessed with the 1976 film Taxi Driver, in which a disturbed protagonist plots to assassinate a presidential candidate. Failing to develop any meaningful contact with Jodie Foster, who played a child prostitute in the film, Hinckley developed a plot to assassinate the president to get her attention.
Why is White Sands Desert in New Mexico so purely white?
It is gypsum. White Sands, having 442 total square kilometers of dune fields, is the world's largest surface deposit of gypsum. Unlike other desert sands, it is cool to the touch, due to the high rate of evaporation of surface moisture and the fact that the sands reflect, rather than absorb, the sun's rays.
Which large island did the USA try to buy for $100,000,000 in 1946?
Greenland. On 8 April 1941, the United States occupied Greenland in order to defend it against a possible invasion by Germany. After the end of WW2, the United States wished to keep the island for strategic reasons and offered $100,000,000, but Denmark refused to sell.
Winners of the Indianapolis 500 race do not celebrate with a bottle of Champagne. What do they get instead?
Milk. The tradition of drinking milk was founded in 1933. Since 1956, only one driver has broken it: In 1993, Emerson Fittipaldi drank a celebratory bottle of orange juice. He owned several orange groves in Sao Paolo, and wanted to promote the citrus industry.
What was the famous joke Ronald Reagan said as a microphone test in 1984?
Russia has just been outlawed. Reagan displayed a lot of humor. As a microphone test prior to his weekly radio address in August 1984, he said "My fellow Americans, I'm pleased to tell you today that I've signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes."
What was special about the construction of the Empire State Building?
It was built quickly and under budget. The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or 7 million man-hours. To this day, this is a record for a skyscraper of its height. Due to reduced costs during the Depression, the final costs totalled only $24.7 million instead of the estimated $43 million.