During prohibition, solid grape concentrate was sold with the warning message, “After dissolving the brick in a gallon of water, do not place the liquid in a jug away in the cupboard for twenty days, because then it would turn into wine.”
On September 11, 1857, a wagon train heading through Utah toward California was attacked by a Mormon Militia. The militia had disguised themselves as Indians, but once it was suspected that their cover was blown, the Mormons feigned a truce and slaughtered 120 men, women, and children.
A small town in Minnesota attempted to secede from the US in 1977 to declare war and lose, thus receiving foreign aid for their failing water system. It worked.
In 1943 Packard Motors promoted 3 blacks to work next to whites on the assembly line causing 25,000 workers to walk off the job.
in 1962, American scientists detonated an H-bomb in space. The explosion was 250 miles (400 kilometers) up – 100 km is considered the edge of space. The blast and EM radiation on the atmosphere created a spectacular aurora.
The EM radiation also caused streetlights in Hawaii to burn out, electronic equipment to fuse or burn out. The blast also disabled several low orbit satellites. There was no fireball because there wasn’t any oxygen, but the blast was captured in now unclassified film footage.
Gangster Al Capone started one of the first Soup Kitchens during the Great Depression for the unemployed.
Jehovah’s Witnesses were persecuted and lynched for refusing to say the Pledge of Allegiance in the 1940s.
Between 1946-1953, Quaker Oats helped sponsor an experiment to feed mentally disabled children radioactive oatmeal.
The US government planned to set off a nuclear bomb on the moon to boost morale during the Space Race.
The youngest person to have been executed in the US was 14 years old. A bible was used to boost him up onto the electric chair, and his trial only lasted 2 and a half hours.