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I did  not  know about  know that the confederates  names the  battles  after  towns  and the Federal Government  names  battles  after  rivers

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5 Fun-Facts About Cleveland You Never Knew

On July 22, 1796, the city of Cleveland was founded by Gen. Moses Cleaveland, a Connecticut lawyer, and politician, who was surveying the area. Here are five fun-facts about Cleveland you probably didn’t know...

Cleveland Was The First City To Be Lit By Electricity

Although everyone knows that Benjamin Franklin discovered electricity, Charles Brush, an industrialist, and inventor, was responsible for widely introducing electricity to the country. In 1879, Brush illuminated Public Square to be the first “city” lit with electricity. In addition, Cleveland holds the distinction of installing the first electric traffic light at Euclid Avenue and East 105th Street.

Cleveland Was Where Semi-Trucks Were Invented

Back in the 1800’s, when automobiles were first being rolled out, there were no bigtrucks capable of transporting large quantities of goods.  Alexander Winton was a Scottish immigrant who moved to Cleveland in the late 1800’s. There, he founded the Winton Bicycle Company in 1891.  That company turned into an automobile company, and when Winton realized he needed a way to transport automobiles, he attached a large wagon/cart to the back of his car and the first semi truck was born.

The City Is Spelled Differently Than Its Founder's Name

Cleveland was initially called “Cleaveland” after its founder in 1796, Moses Cleaveland.  It was called Cleaveland until 1830 when The Cleaveland Leader, a newspaper in town, couldn’t fit the extra “a” on the front cover, and decided to scrap it and go with Cleveland.  The name stuck, and that’s why it’s called Cleveland after all these years.

The City Boasted the First Indoor Shopping Mall

Called The Arcade, the first indoor shopping mall opened in 1890. Nicknamed “The Crystal Palace,” it was financed by some of the most powerful and famous men of that century, including John D. Rockefeller, Louis Severence, and Charles Brush, the same man who electrified the city. This Cleveland landmark was refurbished in 2001 and is a must-see for those who are visiting the city.

Cleveland Was Where a Rock Concert Was Held For the First Time

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Museum is located in Cleveland because it was the first city to host a rock concert called the Moondog Coronation Ball at the Cleveland Arena in 1952. It cost only $1.50 to go and hear groups such as Paul Williams and the Hucklebuckers, The Dominos and Tony Grimes, and the Rockin’ Highlanders. The show was broadcast live over the radio by Alan Freed, a DJ who called himself the King of the Moondoggers.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Amy Winehouse

On July 23, 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead at age 27 in her home in London. The singer, known for her powerful voice had died from alcohol poisoning. To mark the ninth anniversary of her death, here are 5 things you didn't know about soul sensation Amy Winehouse...

She Was Once A Member Of A Rap Group

Before Winehouse decided to embark on a solo group, she was a member of a rap group known as Sweet ‘n’ Sour. It was composed of Winehouse and her best friend, Juliette Ashby. According to Rolling Stone, Winehouse later referred to the group as “the little, white, Jewish Salt-N-Pepa.” As a group, they recorded songs such as “Glam Chicks,” “Boys…Who Needs Them,” and “Spinderella.” The three songs he recorded never were released, but that session gave Winehouse a taste of what recording could be like.

She Nearly Became a Bond Girl

Or so the confusing story goes. Initially, the rumors was that Winehouse had been offered a role as a Bond girl in Casino Royale, after producers fell in love with the Rehab star’s hit album. However, nothing really materialized in terms of acting -- but singing was another matter, with Winehouse apparently in the running to sing the theme song to Quantum of Solace. Ultimately, the producers reportedly decided to pass on Winehouse singing the movie’s theme song. They decided to go with Alicia Keys and Jack White instead. Winehouse made it clear that she wasn’t pleased about this decision.

Her Song Rehab Wasn't Originally Meant to Be a Real Song

You know how sometimes it's those last-minute, not-really-planned projects that turn out really good? Winehouse's song Rehab was like that in that it wasn't supposed to be a real song. It was something she made up on the spot while joking around with a friend. Her friend, Mark Ronson, liked what he heard so much that he encouraged her to record it, and she said she could do that immediately, and she did. The song and album went on to earn several awards, including a Grammy.

She Would Cut Herself -- and Once, Did It in a Very Public Way

In the years before her death, Winehouse and her fiance and later spouse Blake Fielder-Civil would cut themselves when experiencing withdrawal from drug use. At one point, Winehouse was in a photo shoot and took some broken glass that was nearby and actually carved Fielder-Civil's name into her stomach. Winehouse and Fielder-Civil divorced in 2009. Apparently, it was this relationship that introduced Winehouse to crack and heroin.

She Dreamt Of Becoming A Roller-Skater

It's not unusual for children to have some odd career choices when asked what they want to be when they grow up. According to a 2007 Rolling Stone cover story on Winehouse, she didn’t aspire to be a musician, though; instead, she fantasized about being a roller-skating waitress. Her inspiration? The movie American Graffiti.  It turned out that Amy Winehouse was destined for bigger things. 

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Machu Picchu_3

On July 24, 1911, archeologist Hiram Bingham became the first to officially "discover" Machu Picchu,  an ancient Inca settlement in the Andes Mountains in Peru.  Here are 5 fascinating facts you probably didn't know about this historic landmark..

It Was Discovered by Accident

Hiram Bingham stumbled upon Machu Picchu in 1911 but it was by complete accident. While he was indeed looking for a supposed lost Incan city, the actual place he was seeking out was Vitcos, the last Incan refuge. Instead, he realized he had actually discovered the untouched city of Machu Picchu. Over the years, Bingham transported thousands of valuable artifacts to a museum at Yale University to be preserved for future generations.

Temples Are Hidden Inside

Machu Picchu is hidden away almost 8,000 feet up a mountain ridge, but it is well worth the visit. In 2014, a secret chamber was found in the Temple of the Sun by French explorer Thierry Jamin; he believes it may be the burial chamber of an Incan ruler. However, so far the Peruvian government has denied scientists the ability to explore further.

The Reason Machu Picchu Was Built Is Unknown

Since its rediscovery there have been a range of theories as to the purpose of Machu Picchu.  One theory is that it was built as a monument to the Sun God for the Incan people to come worship. There are several other interpretations as to why Machu Picchu was built and its purpose. These include it being a trade hub, a prison, a women’s retreat, or a testing station for new crops. Based off all available evidence, most believe it was a palace for the then ruler of the Inca Empire, Pachacuti Inca Yupanqui.

The Name Machu Picchu Translates as “Old Peak”

One of the most pervasive myths about Machu Picchu is that it refers to an Incan ruin. Machu Picchu is the name of the mountain itself, and literally translates from the native Quechua language as “Old Peak.” Over time, the archaeological site has become synonymous with the mountaintop on which it was found.

The Stones Used To Create Machu Picchu Were Delivered By Hand

Approximately 5,000 Incans worked to buildMachu Picchu.  Incredibly, the stones of Machu Picchu were carried to the site by hand (the Incas never discovered the wheel). The quality of the stone masonry is legendary. The Incas cut each stone by hand and wedged them together so closely that the blade of a knife could not be inserted between them.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Puerto Rico

On July 25, 1952, Puerto Rico officially became a Commonwealth after more than 50 years as an occupied and unincorporated territory of the United States.  Here are 5 fascinating things you didn’t know about Puerto Rico...

It's the Birthplace of the Piña Colada

We have Puerto Rico to thank for this sweet mix of coconut cream, pineapple juice, white rum, and ice. The identity of its actual creator continues to be an unresolved controversy — three different bartenders apparently lay claim to the invention — but it was named Puerto Rico's national drink in 1978.

It Has Its Own Flag

Although Puerto Rico is a U.S. territory, the island also has its own flag.  Although the colors are red, white, and blue, they are not based on the U.S. flag, despite widespread misconceptions. Rather, the flag is a representation of the island's close ties with Cuba during the 19th century; Puerto Rico's flag is the Cuban flag's colors, reversed.

It Has the Tallest Sculpture in North America

With all the talk about statues being pulled down and relocated, you might think that a huge sculpture honoring Christopher Columbus would be a prime target. That statue, called "Birth of a New World", is a 360 foot statue of Christopher Columbus and its the tallest sculpture in North America. The sculpture, by Russian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli, weighs a staggering 6,500 tons and required about 500 workers to put it on its feet. As of July 2020, the statue appears not to be a target of statue-removal groups, although members of the indigenous Taino have objected to the statue's presence.

It Has Three of the World's Five Bioluminescent Bays

Three of the world's five bioluminescent bays are in Puerto Rico. These rare ecosystems result from microscopic, single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates that grow in quantities big enough to produce a "glow-in-the-dark" effect when stimulated by movement. In other words, when you paddle or splash, the organisms light up a neon blue-green. The bays are in La Parguera, Fajardo, and Vieques.

It's the Rum Capital of the World

Puerto Rico is also known as the rum capital of the world, and for good reason. Casa Bacardi in Cataño is the largest rum distillery in the world, producing about 85% of the Bacardi brand, and the island is responsible for more than 70% of rums sold in the United States, making it Puerto Rico's top export. Distilleries on the island make more than 80 types of rum.

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I did  not  know that  their flag  is based  on the  Cuban Flag  but  reversed  colors===

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5 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Mick Jagger

On July 26, 1943, musician Michael Phillip “Mick” Jagger was born and became the lead singer of one of the most famous rock bands in the world - the Rolling Stones. Find out five things you didn’t know about Mick Jagger...

The Beatles Helped Make Him a Star

Most Rolling Stones songs are now credited to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, but they didn't start out as songwriters.  The band' second  single, "I Wanna Be Your Man," was written for them by their friends John Lennon and Paul McCartney.  The song reached number 12 on the charts in Great Britain. 

The Hells Angels Plotted To Kill Him

Members of the Hells Angels were used to provide security at a free concert giving in 1969 by the Rolling Stones.  The event turned into a brawl and ended with the death of a young fan.  Even one of the members of Jefferson Airplane was knocked out by one of the security guards. Jagger reportedly vowed never to hire the motorcycle gang again.  Feeling dissed, several Hells Angels headed by boat towards Jagger's vacation home in the Hampton's with a plan to murder him.  Fortunately for Mick, they ran into a storm which nearly sunk their watercraft. The turbulent weather threw everyone overboard and the gang made no other attempt on Jagger's life. 

Jagger Contested His Divorce From Jerry Hall

Jagger’s second wife, Jerry Hall, filed for divorce from him, which became more complicated in 1999 when the famous singer stated that they couldn’t get a divorce because they had never been married. Jagger’s lawyer claimed the priest in Bali who married them did not have the documents necessary for them to be married legally, including permission from the British consul there. Married or not, Jerry Hall still managed to walk away with between $15 and $25 million dollars.  In the end, they agreed to an annulment.

Charlie Watts Once Punched Him in The Face

In his 2010 memoir, Keith Richards recalled going out for drinks with Jagger in Amsterdam in 1984.  Back at their hotel around 5 a.m., Mick called Charlie's room, saying, "Where's my drummer?"  Minutes later, Watts showed up at Jagger's door.  "Never call me your drummer again," he said, and knocked Mick "back onto a silver platter of smoked salmon" with a right hook.

He Secretly Paid Sex Pistols Rocker Sid Vicious’ Legal Fees When Vicious Was on Trial For Murder

The Sex Pistols bassist Sid Vicious found himself facing murder charges after his girlfriend Nancy Spungen was found dead with a stab wound in the couple’s hotel room on October 12, 1978. Mick Jagger decided to stepi in and secretly pay for Vicious’ lawyers himself.  Jagger wanted no publicity and his generosity wasn't revealed until a 2013 John Lydon interview. Vicious himself would die four short months later of a heroin overdose.

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I did  not  know  that  2 of the  members of the  group The  Beetles help  write  a  song  for  him===

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Bugs Bunny

On July 27, 1940, Bugs Bunny made his official debut in A Wild Hare, as a wise-cracking, smart-aleck rabbit.  Here are 5 little-known facts you didn't know about Bugs Bunny, who debuted 80 years ago today...

He First Appeared As An Extra In a Porky Pig Cartoon

The then-unnamed rabbit was created in 1938 for a cartoon starring Porky Pig called “Porky’s Duck Hunt” that was well-received. The name Bugs Bunny didn’t appear on the title card of the cartoon until 1941, following the success of “Elmer’s Pet Rabbit.”

His Mannerisms Were Inspired By Famous Actors

A number of famous people were combined to create Bugs, including silent stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton. Bugs’ nonchalant, carrot-eating manner was inspired by a scene in It Happened One Night, when the fast-talking Clark Gable snacks on carrots while leaning on a fence. Groucho Marx used his cigar as a prop, and so does Bugs in the cartoons, even going so far as to borrow one of the comedian's lines, “'Of course, you know, this means war!” in 1953’s “Bully for Bugs.”

He Appeared in World War II Military Propaganda

During World War II, instructional cartoons were made to educate American troops in areas such as protecting secrets, avoiding booby traps, and sanitation. Bugs made cameos in some of these cartoons. The main character was Private Snafu, whose voice was performed by Mel Blanc, who was Bugs Bunny’s voice.  One of the writers was Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel). The cartoons were considered top secret and even workers who put together the animations at Warner Bros. were not allowed to see the finished product. 

Bugs May Have Saved Mel Blanc’s Life

Mel Blanc was in a serious car accident in 1961 when his Astin Martin collided with another vehicle along Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, which left him in a coma. He didn’t awaken until two weeks later when the doctor asked him, “Bugs Bunny, how are you doing today?” and Blanc replied in Bugs' voice, "What’s up Doc?” Later, the doctor would say of the incident,“It seemed like Bugs Bunny was trying to save his life.”

Bugs Bunny Is Used in Psychological Studies

In several psychological studies about false beliefs psychologists have shown patients fake advertising for Disney World featuring Bugs Bunny. According to the studies, a significant number of subjects claim to have gone to Disney World and met Bugs Bunny even though Bugs is a character from Warner Brothers and would never have appeared at a theme park owned by Disney.

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I  did  not  know  that  he  appeared  in a  cartoon  with PORKY PIG with  not  name  

and did not get the name  BUGS until about 1 years later====

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

On July 28, 1929, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, who served as the First Lady from 1961 to 1963, was born in Southampton, New York. Find out these 5 surprising facts about this New York socialite who was known for her grace, elegance and style...

Jackie Was Engaged to a Banker Before She Met Kennedy

The engagement of Jacqueline Bouvier to John Husted, a banker on Wall Street and veterans of World War II, was announced in the Washington Times-Herald in January 1952. Bouvier was 22 at the time and reportedly was unsure about being a housewife. She called off the wedding two months later. It was after this she met and started dating John F. Kennedy, who was serving as a U.S. Representative. They married in the fall of 1953.

She Oversaw a Major White House Renovation

When President Kennedy and his wife moved into the White House, she discovered that the decor was shabby and outdated. She ran through the $50,000 decorating budget in a matter of days and then asked for private donations and acquired historically important pieces of furniture from collectors and museums. By the time she was finished, important artifacts and antiques that had belonged to Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, and others contributed to the historic elegance of the building.

She Opened a Nursery School in The White House

When press scrutiny and security concerns made it difficult for her young daughter Caroline to travel into the city, Onassis turned the White House’s third floor solarium into a nursery school and invited other kids—some of them children of Kennedy administration staff—to attend. The school later grew into a fully operational kindergarten complete with around ten students, professional teachers and a small collection of rabbits, guinea pigs and other animals.

She Was The First to Refer to The Kennedy Administration as “Camelot.”

In an interview with Life Magazine a week after her husband’s death, Jackie described his love for “Camelot,” a musical based on the popular Arthurian novel “The Once and Future King.” She noted that the president enjoyed playing a recording of the musical’s title song, which featured the line, “Don’t let it be forgot, that once there was a spot, for one brief, shining moment, that was known as Camelot.” After quoting the lyrics, Onassis went on to say, “There will be great presidents again, but there will never be another Camelot.” “Camelot” soon became shorthand for the myth and glamour of the Kennedy administration.

She Became a Book Editor Following the Death of Aristotle Onassis

In 1975, after the death of her second husband, Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, she became a consulting editor in New York for Viking Press and was then a senior editor at Doubleday. Among the books, she was the editor for were autobiographies of Michael Jackson, and Carly Simon. She continued working for Doubleday until shortly before her death from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1994.

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I did  nor  know that she  turned the 3rd floor  in to  a  nursery  and  later  in to  a  kinder garden ====

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Princess Diana's Wedding

On July 29, 1981, Britain's Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer at St. Paul's Cathedral in London as 750 million people worldwide watched. Here are 5 behind the scenes facts about one of the most famous weddings in history.

Lady Diana Got Her Vows Wrong

Wedding jitters and being surrounded by a huge crowd could make anyone nervous, including Lady Diana Spencer. At the altar in front of the crowd, she called Prince Charles “Philip Charles,” although his name is “Charles Philip.” Prince Charles made a small mistake himself when he said “my goods” instead of “my worldly goods.

The Wedding Ring Was Ordered Through a Catalog

.Diana went to the jewelry catalog from the House of Garrard, the oldest jewelry house in the world, for her engagement ring. The ring she decided on contained a 12-carat blue sapphire with 14 diamonds in a white-gold setting. After the death of Lady Diana, the ring was passed down to Prince William’s wife, Kate.

Charles and Diana Made a Slight Change to their Vows

Diana broke with tradition by excluding the word “obey” while saying her wedding vows. Prince Charles and she talked it over, and they both decided that it would be omitted. Although no royal brides had excluded this word from their vows, it was common at the time to do so in England.

The Kiss Between the Newly Married Couple at the Altar Never Happened

Most celebrants attending a wedding look forward to seeing the first kiss between the new husband and wife, but Prince Charles neglected to kiss his new bride at the conclusion of the ceremony. Apparently, Charles just forgot, which probably didn’t bode well for the success of their marriage. When the newlywed couple came out on the balcony at Buckingham Palace, they finally kissed each other but it was little more than a peck.

Prince Charles Had Dated Princess Diana’s Sister

In 1977, Sarah Spencer dated Prince Charles briefly as he was looking for a suitable wife, and it was reported that she was the person who introduced him to Diana. Sarah let it be known to reporters that she wouldn’t marry Prince Charles “if he were the dustman or the King of England.” Charles quickly broke off the relationship, which isn’t much of a surprise.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Henry Ford_3

On July 30, 1863, the American automaker Henry Ford, was born in Dearborn Township, Michigan, and grew up to found the Ford Motor Company. Here are five things you probably didn't know about Henry Ford...

Ford Worked for Inventor Thomas Edison

Ford was only 20 when he became the chief engineer for the Thomas Edison Illumination Company at Detroit’s main electric plant. This was quite a feat for such a young man, especially since this power plant provided all of the electricity for a big city the size of Detroit. Six years later, Edison encouraged Ford to follow his dreams of creating an affordable, reliable, gasoline-powered automobile.

He Ran for Public Office in 1918

Ford had many powerful friends, including President Woodrow Wilson, who convinced him to run for the United States Senate in 1918.  He only lost by 4,500 votes, even though he didn't spend a dime on his campaign. Truman H. Newberry won in part by accusing Ford of being antisemitic and a pacifist as well as for his efforts to keep his son, Edsel, from having to go into the military during World War I.

The Henry Ford Museum Displays Some Strange Objects

The museum, located in Dearborn, Michigan, contains a strange collection of objects in addition to the expected display of motor vehicles. One of the museum’s prized possessions is a glass test-tube that has Thomas Edison’s last breath inside and a talking doll by Edison from around 1899 that would give author Stephen King nightmares with its garbled version of a child’s nursery rhyme. The museum also houses a plaster cast mask of Abraham Lincoln, which was made only several months before his assassination and a toy coffin with a doll in it.

One of Ford’s Invention Is Used by Barbecuers All Around the Nation

Among Ford's many inventions over the years is a summertime staple: the compressed charcoal briquette. With Ford plants turning out the Model T, which featured many parts made of oak, Ford found himself awash in wood scraps. Ford's Brother-In-Law E.G. Kingsford suggested they create a charcoal manufacturing plant. The charcoal briquettes were named Kingsford Charcoal, in honor of his brother-in-law, and the company is still a top producer of briquettes to this day.

One of Ford’s Airplanes Appeared in a Harrison Ford Movie

During World War I, Ford took to the skies when he founded the Ford Airplane Company. While the company didn't achieve the success Ford had hoped, it did create the sturdy and now-iconic Ford Tri-Motor airplane, which was produced between 1928 and 1933. A Ford Tri-Motor even appears in "Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom."

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5 Things You Didn't Know About Andrew Johnson_3

On July 31, 1875, former President Andrew Johnson died and was buried with his body wrapped in the American flag, and with the U.S. Constitution as his pillow. Here are 5 things you didn't know about the man who replaced Abraham Lincoln following his assassination.

He and His Brother Were Indentured Servants

Johnson and his brother, William, were sent to James Selby, a tailor, to work as indentured apprentices. Although they were bound to the tailor legally, they were unhappy and ran away about two years later. The tailor placed a newspaper ad offering a $10 reward for their return. However, they were never captured.

He Had No Formal Education

That's right. Although Johnson never attended school, he was able to teach himself basic reading and writing. He was able to get an apprenticeship as a tailor and open his own shop before marrying. In fact, while he worked, he actually hired someone to read to him while he was sewing clothing. This allowed him to continue learning subjects like history even if he couldn't pick up the books himself.

Johnson Was Supposed to Be Assassinated With Abraham Lincoln

Johnson was part of a group of politicians marked for assassination along with Abraham Lincoln. When John Wilkes Booth devised his plan to kill Lincoln, he had two accomplices assigned to kill two other politicians. One was Secretary of State William Seward, who was stabbed almost to death (but survived). The other was Andrew Johnson, who was then vice president. However, the man assigned to kill Johnson was too scared to even knock on Johnson's door and ended up taking a walk instead. He was still charged as part of the conspiracy, taken to trial, found guilty and executed on July 7, 1865. 

One Vote Kept Johnson From Being Removed as President

In 1867, the members of the U.S. House of Representatives voted to impeach President Johnson because he had removed his own Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, from his post, which was illegal under the Tenure of Office Act. The vote to remove Johnson fell one vote short, so the impeachment was unsuccessful. In the following presidential election, Johnson did not receive the party nomination to run in 1868.

Johnson Was the First and Only Former President to Serve in the Senate

Johnson had only one term in office and was not chosen as his party's candidate in 1868. He returned to Greeneville, Tennessee, where he ran for seats in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate. He was unable to win a seat until 1875, when he won an election to the U.S. Senate. However, he died from a stroke on July 31, 1875, a short time after taking office.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About The NBA

On August 3, 1949, the National Basketball Association (NBA) was formed when the National Basketball League (NBL) and Basketball Association of America (BAA) merged. Here are 5 things you didn't know about the NBA...

The NBA’s Tallest Player Was a Romanian

At 7’7” tall, Gheorghe Muresan holds the record as the NBA’s tallest player, which would seem to be a team advantage since it looks as though it would be easier to make a basket. Muresan played for the Washington Bullets/Wizards from 1993 to 1998 and for the New Jersey Nets from 1999 to 2000 as a center. Twice he was the field goal percentage leader in the NBA, but his career ended due to injuries.

Shaquille O’Neal Is Famous For More Than His Basketball Career

O’Neal is certainly one of history’s great centers, but he holds a record for his shoe size in the NBA. With a height of 7’1 and weighing around 321 pounds, it takes big feet to hold all that up and Shaq wears a 24-EEE sneaker. This is almost double the size of the average American.

Not All NBA Players Are Tall

The shortest player in the NBA was little Muggsy Bogues, an all-American who played for four different teams as a point guard. He is 5’3” and weighs around 135 pounds, but his size didn’t stop him from playing for the NBA for 14 seasons. During his career playing for Charlotte, Toronto, and Golden State, he scored a total of 6,848 points.

The Money NBA Players Make Is Often Gone Soon After They Retire

One of the reasons people want to become professional athletes is because of the big money they earn. In the NBA, a decent player can rake in $10 million a year or more, and the really big players earn far above that amount. Unfortunately, around 60 percent of retired NBA players go broke about five years later because they continue living the expensive lifestyles they had while they were still playing.

The NBA Fined Michael Jordan for Something Unusual

In 1984, Michael Jordan signed a contract with Nike to endorse their Air Jordan athletic clothing and basketball footwear. Because he wanted to promote the sneakers, he decided to wear them during the 1985 NBA games. Jordan was fined $5,000 each time he wore the Nikes but probably laughed all the way to the bank because he makes millions each year endorsing the company’s products.

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5 Things You Didn't Know About The Coast Guard

On this day in 1790, the Coast Guard's was established when Congress authorized the construction of ten vessels known as "revenue cutters" to collect tariffs from ships importing goods into the United States.  Here are 5 things you probably didn't know about the Coast Guard...

Alexander Hamilton is The Father of The Coast Guard

One of Hamilton’s visionary acts while serving as Secretary of the Treasury was the creation of the first United States Coast Guard. An essay written by Hamilton suggested that the armed vessels at the country’s points of entry, could collect tariffs and enforce the maritime laws. Hamilton saw this as a way for the country to increase its revenue at a time it was broke. Originally known as the Revenue-Marine, the group merged in 1915 with the U.S. Life-Saving Service to become the U.S. Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard Is Not Part of The Department of Defense

The United States Coast Guard is the only branch of military service that doesn’t belong to the Defense Department. Instead, it is an arm of the Department of Homeland Security.  Before it was placed under the DHS, it was under the Department of Transportation. Previous to that, it was under the Department of the Treasury.

An Average Day For The Coast Guard Isn't so Average

According to the U.S. Coast Guard Boating Resource Center, on an average day the Coast Guard conducts 109 searches and rescues, saves ten lives, seizes 169 pounds of marijuana and 306 pounds of cocaine worth and investigates six vessel casualties.

The Coast Guard Isn’t Very Big

With roughly 40,500 Active Duty service members, the Coast Guard is slightly larger than the NYPD. When compared to other branches of the military, they may be small in numbers, but the Coast Guard faithfully stands the watch and protects the 95,000 miles of U.S. coastline and beyond. Since its service members have acting law enforcement authority, their mission goes a long way to keeping America's coastlines safe.

Their Motto Means “Always Ready”

While the Marines’ Semper Fidelis (Always Faithful) is more famous, the Coast Guard’s motto of Semper Paratus reflects their status as an organization that’s regarded as a first responder. A 1928 song of the same name is also used as the U.S. Coast Guard's official march, and appears on the organization's flag.

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