Top 10 history of the United States factsHistory of the United States quiz
Which country other than USA named its capital after the president of the United States?
Liberia was created in 1847 by freed slaves from the United States. They established a government modelled on that of the United States and named its capital city, Monrovia after James Monroe, a prominent supporter of the colonization.
Which large island did the USA try to buy for $100,000,000 in 1946?
Greenland. On 8 April 1941, the United States occupied Greenland in order to defend it against a possible invasion by Germany. After the end of WW2, the United States wished to keep the island for strategic reasons and offered $100,000,000, but Denmark refused to sell.
What was special about the construction of the Empire State Building?
It was built quickly and under budget. The Empire State Building took only one year and 45 days to build, or 7 million man-hours. To this day, this is a record for a skyscraper of its height. Due to reduced costs during the Depression, the final costs totalled only $24.7 million instead of the estimated $43 million.
What is the origin of the name of Pennsylvania?
Name of the land owner. In 1681, Charles II granted a land charter to William Penn to repay a debt of £16,000 owed to William's father, Admiral William Penn. This was one of the largest land grants to an individual in history. William Penn wanted to name the land Sylvania and was embarrassed at the name Pennsylvania chosen by the king.
Who is the city of St. Louis named after?
King of France. Louis IX (1214 – 1270) is the only canonised king of France, mostly due to his support and participation in the crusades. There are many places named after him, including the city of St. Louis, Missouri, and both the state and city of San Luis Potosí in Mexico.
Which United States President did not own slaves?
Richard Nixon. If you didn't know, presidents owned slaves. Richard Nixon was a president who got impeached, but did not own slaves. Ulysses Grant was the youngest president to own slaves! Zachary Taylor is a president who had slaves. Andrew Jackson had the most, 160 slaves, who could never be freed on his will. James Polk had a few 15 slaves.
Which US State was the last to introduce compulsory education?
Mississippi, 1918. Compulsory education was not part of early American society, which relied instead on church-run private schools that mostly charged fees for tuition. Compulsory school attendance based on the Prussian model reached the American Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1852, and gradually spread other states until 1918. Mississippi was the last state to enact a compulsory attendance law.
Which actress was called "queen of aerobics"?
Jane Fonda popularized aerobics in the 70s, publishing over a dozen VHS titles and hosting her own TV show.
This painting illustrates the capitulation of the British army in Yorktown. Which side actually capitulates?
Middle. In the center of the scene, American General Benjamin Lincoln appears mounted on a white horse. He extends his right hand toward the sword carried by the surrendering British officer, General Charles O'Hara, who heads the long line of troops that extends into the background. To the left, French officers appear standing and mounted beneath the white banner of the royal Bourbon family. On the right are American officers beneath the Stars and Stripes