Who Were the First U.S. Citizens Convicted of Treason?

June 23, 2013 in Trivia

Philip Vigol and John Mitchell from western Pennsylvania were convicted of treason for tax resistance, specifically for their participation in the Whiskey Rebellion during George Washington’s presidency. In 1791, farmers […]

The First American TV Sitcom

June 16, 2013 in Trivia

“Mary Kay and Johnny” aired originally on the DuMont Network as a 15 minute live domestic comedy in 1947. It was an immediate hit and ran from November that year […]

When Did U.S. Schools First Require Vaccinations?

June 9, 2013 in Trivia

Ever since the 1960s, federal and state agencies have come to be presumed authorities in requiring vaccinations for school attendance. These efforts got traction especially for the purpose of eradicating […]

What Was the Weirdest Disaster Ever?

May 5, 2013 in Trivia

History is full of plans gone wrong and days turned disastrous. Here are a few that rank among top of the weirdest calamities in the last century. Gillingham Park in […]

Who is the World’s Top Thinker?

April 29, 2013 in Trivia

Prospect Magazine’s 2013 poll results on this question may be as good a take on this as any. The poll was based on more than ten thousand votes from over […]

The First Use of Cannabis for Psychoactive Benefits

April 22, 2013 in Trivia

According to Humboldt Homegrown, research shows cannabis to be the most frequently searched term worldwide. Measures may be debatable, but it should be no surprise that a Wiki tour should […]

The First Mammal in Evolutionary History

April 14, 2013 in Trivia

Hadrocodium wui is the name given to the first true mammal identified so far in our natural history. According to William J. Cromie of the Harvard University Gazette, its discovery […]

The First Driver’s Licenses

April 10, 2013 in Trivia

New Jersey often is credited for initiating the use of driver’s licenses in the United States in 1913. According to travel writer Ashley Mackenzie however, Massachusetts and Missouri issued the […]

First Woman to Run for U.S. President

March 24, 2013 in Trivia, Women

Popular contention has it that Belva Lockwood ─ the first woman admitted to practice before the Supreme Court ─ was the first woman to run for president of the United […]

First Measurement of Wind Speed ─ Enter the Anemometer

March 20, 2013 in Trivia

Wind speed is measured by a device called an anemometer, which comes from the Greek word for wind “anemos”. Italian art architect, mathematician and renaissance man Leon Battista Alberti invented […]

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