President Nixon had a speech written in case Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin were stranded on the Moon, unable to return to Earth.
The first shot fired by the United States in World War I was in Puerto Rico and not in Europe.
Condoms were illegal in the US until 1936.
“Bonus Army” was a group of great war veterans who led a protest in Washington D.C. The police and army killed two and injured over 1,000.
In the 1920s, Philadelphia Mayor J. Hampton Moore created a “smelling squad” to patrol the banks of the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers and hunt down the sources of the most obnoxious odors.
The Battle of Blair Mountain is “the only time in the history of this country that bombs were dropped from American skies, by Americans, on Americans.”
During the Cold War, the US military developed a rifle that fired nuclear war heads. It was called the Davy Crocket and production of this smallest nuclear weapon began in 1956, with a total of 2,100 being made. The weapon was deployed with U.S. Army forces from 1961 to 1971.
In 1830 the average American over 15 years old drank 88 bottles of whiskey per year… one bottle every 4.2 days.