In 1998, President Bill Clinton read a novel about a mad scientist who spread a virus in NYC. Concerned about this risk, he established the Strategic National Stockpile, which contains billions of dollars in medical supplies (many being used now).
After Lawrence’s pistols misfired, during Andrew Jackson’s assassination attempt, Jackson credited divine providence with intervening on his behalf. A century later, both pistols were tested and fired at the first shot. The odds that both would misfire was estimated to be about 1 in 125,000.
In 1967, US president Lyndon Johnson secretly ordered a study that concluded he would die at age 64. He died of a heart attack in 1973 at age 64.
According to secret service agents, Ronald Reagan carried a pistol in his briefcase when he was president, “just in case you guys can’t do the job, I can help out”. Reagan acquired a pocket sized pistol after college in the 1930s “and kept it lovingly the rest of his life”.
Politicians mocked John Adams, nicknaming him “His Rotundity” after he had suggested that the president should be titled like royalty, suggesting titles such as, “His Majesty the President” and “His Highness, the President of the United States of America, and Protector of the Rights of the Same”.
In 1905, a royal decree was issued to Donald Trump’s grandfather ordering him to leave Bavaria and never come back after he failed to do military service.
US Presidents are prohibited by the Secret Service from going to the top of the Gateway Arch in St Louis, MO.
Richard Nixon ordered a nuclear attack on North Korea while drunk.
US President Benjamin Harrison had electric lights installed in the White House, but would sleep with the lights on because he was too afraid to touch the switches. To be fair, old school light switches aren’t like the ones we have on the walls today. They were ungrounded toggles, either spinners or levers, which physically broke the connection with a very distinct popping sound. A mild shock wasn’t unheard of.