It’s Independence day here in the US so I am holidaying it, but its also my dad’s birthday. I wonder if that makes him a yankee doodle? Well anyway, I am wandering out the door now, bikini on and beach sack in hand. Heck, it’s a celebration, I might even have some cake and ice cream! If it’s your holiday too, surround yourself with friends and family and enjoy! To celebrate a few facts from http://funfacter.hubpages.com/hub/Fun-Facts-about-the-USA :
Jimmy Carter was the first president born in a hospital.
The first confirmed landing in America was by Christopher Columbus in 1493.
The first English settlement was in Jamestown Virginia in 1607. The Pilgrims landed in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 and then came the Puritans.
In 1918 a flu epidemic killed 548,000 people.
The largest city in the U.S. is Juneau, Alaska. It covers 3,000 square miles. According to the U.S. Geological Survey there are 140 towns and cities with the word “Christmas.” The first holiday celebrated in the U.S. was the 100th anniversary of George Washington’s inauguration in 1889.
The State of Florida is bigger than the country of England!
The first iced tea was served in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair!
In 1919 there was a molasses disaster in Boston. 2 million gallons burst from a tank and engulfed a neighbourhood and killed 21 people!
The first televisions were in New York City in 150 residences and happened in 1936.
There are no poisonous snakes in Maine.
There is a telephone booth in the middle of the Mojave Desert!
There is really no star on the flag that represents any one state.
During the Civil War more men died from disease than from gunshots or fighting.
If you want to see Egyptian ruins just visit Central Park in New York. There is a 3,000 year old obelisk named Cleopatra’s Needle. It stands 66 feet tall and weighs 220 tons!
The first gold rush happened in Georgia in 1828.