The top speed at the world’s first real automobile race in 1895 was just 15 mph.
It took Quebec until 2006 to pay off its debt from hosting the 1976 Summer Olympics.
The first Olympic disqualification for drug use was against a Swedish pentathlete who drank two beers before his shooting event to calm his nerves.
Every Christmas since 1952 the US Air Force has airdropped gifts over the islands of Micronesia, making it the oldest ongoing Department of Defense mission and the longest running humanitarian airlift in the world.
Salty and Roselle, two separate guide dogs, were in the World Trade Centre during 9/11. They were on the 71st and 78th floor of Tower 1 respectively. They each led their owners safely out of the burning tower amidst the chaos, and both owners and dogs survived.
In the Second World War, the UK’s home guard ran out of rifles to issue to it’s soldiers, and ordered a quarter of a million medieval-era Pikes to be made to fight off the Nazis.