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The 20 Weirdest Facts about American History

Updated on November 27, 2012

The American history is full of interesting stories, real life heroes and bizarre coincidences. Check out our collection of the weirdest facts about American history that your teacher never told you.

Columbus' flagship Santa Maria
Columbus' flagship Santa Maria
Jeffersonia Diphylla
Jeffersonia Diphylla
Grover Cleveland's marriage with Francem Folsom
Grover Cleveland's marriage with Francem Folsom
A scene from the destruction of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston.
A scene from the destruction of the 1900 hurricane, Galveston.
Lightning Rods are used for protecting buildings from lightning strikes.
Lightning Rods are used for protecting buildings from lightning strikes.

Weird American History Facts

  1. George Washington was the only US president who did not represent any political party.
  2. Christopher Columbus spent less money to reach the new world than an average American buying a new car.
  3. North America had an state named Franklin. The name of the state was later changed to Tennessee in 1796.
  4. Thomas Jefferson has a plant family named after him, Jeffersonia diphylla.
  5. The 19th US president Rutherford Birchard Hayes, as a youth, suffered from lyssophobia or the fear of going insane.
  6. In the years of the Civil War, surgeons never washed their hands after an operation, because all of the blood was assumed to be the same.
  7. Historian Ellis suggests that one of the smartest steps Washington ever made during the American Revolution was having his troops vaccinated from smallpox.
  8. More presidents bear the name "James". Six US presidents have been named James with Madison, Monroe, Polk, Buchanan, Garfield, and Carter.
  9. Spain and France helped the American forces in their war against Britain during the Revolutionary War.
  10. There are three cities in the America named 'Santa Claus'.
  11. More American people have been diagnosed with mental diseases than any other nation on earth.
  12. Galveston Hurricane which hit Texas in 1900 was the worst natural disaster in US history with death toll between 6000-12000 casualties.
  13. Jimmy Carter was the first reported president who witnessed a UFO.
  14. Benjamin Franklin who served as US president from 1785 to 1788, made several inventions including lightning rod and bifocals.
  15. President Grover Cleveland was married at the White House. At that time, he was 49 and his bride, Frances Folsom was only 21.
  16. American Indians were not US citizens until 1924.
  17. Martin Luther King Jr. was initially named Micheal. It was later changed to Martin by his father.
  18. Reportedly, United States have never lost a war where it used mules.
  19. The briefest inaugural speech in U.S. history, containing only 135 words, was given by George Washington in 1793. His dentures hurt, and he wanted to get it over with.
  20. Chester Alan Arthur, president from 1881 to 1885, was nickname, The Dude President.

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      Antonio Pisqualy 

      4 years ago

      Ben Franklin was never a president.

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      Anas Shad 

      5 years ago from Pakistan

      Thanks... :)

      It always feels so good to see people liking your work. Hoping to see more of your visits.

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Very interesting! I did know several of those facts but not all of them. I love History - great job really!


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