The call is close. Over the course of 12 hours in Granville, North Dakota, on February 21, 1918, the temperature rose 83 degrees. It went from –33 degrees Fahrenheit in the early morning to 50 degrees near the end of the afternoon. But in Fairfield, Montana, over the course of 12 hours on December 24, […]
It is not New York, Chicago, or Los Angeles. It is Juneau, Alaska, which covers 3,108 square miles. Los Angeles, in contrast, covers only 458.2 square miles.
As of May 1988, the Department of Defense employed the most, with 1,066,805 civilian employees. The Copyright Royalty Tribunal employed the fewest, with seven.
As of 1990, 53 percent of Americans drink fluoridated water. Of these, 121 million drink artificially fluoridated water; 9 million drink water from naturally fluoridated sources.
Recent marriage rates have been fairly similar to what they were at the turn of the century. In 1900, the marriage rate was 9.3 per 1,000; in 1988, it was 9.7. The divorce rate, however, has changed drastically. In 1900, it was 0.7 per 1,000; in 1988, it was 4.8.
Started in 1891 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the national system of forest reserves now consists of 154 forests administered by the Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service. The total area of the reserves is over 343,000 square miles.
Point Barrow, a city in Alaska with a 1980 population of 2,207, mostly Eskimo. It was the site of the 1935 air crash that killed Will Rogers.
Yes, at least since 1800. At that time, Philadelphia and Baltimore were the second and third-largest cities. Census estimates for 1986 placed Los Angeles and Chicago, respectively, in those ranks.
The three states or territories with the highest voter turnout in the 1988 presidential election, in descending order, were: 1. Minnesota. 66.3 percent 2. Montana. 62.41 percent 3. Maine. 62.15 percent The three states or territories with the lowest turnout, in ascending order, were: 1. Georgia. 38.79 percent 2. South Carolina. 38.91 percent 3. District […]
At least two people have been hit by a meteorite. In September 1954, Mrs. Hewlett Hodges of Sylacauga, Alabama, was hit by a meteorite as she napped in her living room. The rock from space weighed about 10 pounds. In the late 1930s, a Japanese girl was also hit by a small meteorite.
The 34.5-foot, 10,000-pound surface-to-surface Pershing missile has a range of approximately 400 miles.
The highest elevation is Mount McKinley, Alaska, at 20,320 feet. The lowest is Death Valley, California, at 282 feet below sea level. The average elevation of the United States is 2,500 feet.
Connecticut was number one in 1987 with $20,980. At the bottom was Mississippi with $10,204. The average per-capita personal income in the United States as a whole was $15,340.
The three most popular natural attractions in the United States are: 1. The Grand Canyon (Arizona) 2. Yellowstone National Park (Wyoming) 3. Niagara Falls (New York)
The center of the 48 contiguous states is in Smith County, Kansas, near the town of Lebanon. The center of the 50 states is in Butte County, South Dakota, west of the town of Castle Rock.
Yes folks, American women still earn less money than American men. In 1988, the median weekly earnings of full-time female workers in all occupations were 70.2 percent of male workers’ earnings.
Far from it. With an average wind speed of 10.4 miles per hour, Chicago ranks 16th in the list of windy American cities. Here are the top five, with average wind speeds (in miles per hour): 1. Great Falls, Montana. 13.1 2. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. 13 3. Boston, Massachusetts. 12.9 4. Cheyenne, Wyoming. 12.8 5. […]
In descending order, the top five are: 1. New Jersey. 96 2. New York. 63 3. Pennsylvania. 61 4. Michigan. 58 5. California. 48
For drinking, washing, etc., an average American uses 168 gallons of water per day. The average American residence uses 107,000 gallons of water per year.
The highest was 136.4 degrees Fahrenheit at El Azizia, Libya, on September 13, 1922. The lowest was –129 degrees Fahrenheit at Vostok, Antarctica, on July 21, 1983.
According to 1980 figures, the average worker’s one-way trip covered 9.2 miles and took 20.4 minutes. By far the favorite mode of transportation for workers was the private vehicle (car, motorcycle, or truck), accounting for 84.3 percent. Those who took public transportation comprised 6.3 percent, and 5.5 percent walked. The remainder used other means or […]
In 1980, the Internal Revenue Service audited 1,528,927 returns, 1.9 percent of all returns submitted. The IRS claimed in 1980 it spends $4.40 for every $1,000 it collects from taxpayers.
Census estimates for 1986 revealed that 6,779,000 of a total 88,458,000 households, or 7.66 percent, received food stamps during the year.
Cape Flattery, Washington, and a point on the Florida coast south of Miami. They are 2,835 miles apart.
A poll of 3,000 Americans yielded the following top five fears: 1. Speaking before a group. 41 percent 2. Heights. 32 percent 3. Insects and bugs. 22 percent 4. Financial problems. 22 percent 5. Deep water. 22 percent