“Letters of transit,” authorizing people to travel without question, were a fiction used in the movie Casablanca (1942).
- For whom was Levittown named? Levittown was named for the construction company that designed and built the post-World War II suburban developments, Levitt and Sons, William Levitt, owner. The first Levittown development was built between 1947-51 in Hempstead,…
- Was Confederate general Stonewall Jackson killed by Union gunfire during the Civil War? Confederate general Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson died of a battle wound, but it was not inflicted by a Union soldier. One of his own men accidentally shot him in the arm during the Battle…
- How much did the U.S. national debt grow during World War II? The U.S. national debt grew about sixfold during World War II. In 1940, the national debt was $43 billion. At the end of World War II, it was $258.7 billion.
- When was the first Kodak camera sold? George Eastman, a New York bank clerk, developed the first hand-held roll-film camera in 1888. The cost was $25.
- What is the name of Kane’s first newspaper in Citizen Kane? The New York Daily Inquirer was Kane's first newspaper in Citizen Kane.
- Who played Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz (1939)? Clara Blandick, who often played aunts, such as Aunt Polly in Tom Sawyer (1930) played Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz (1939).