The government lowered the draft age of U.S. military recruits from 20 to 18 on November 12, 1942, to expand American forces during World War II.
- Where was the “World’s First Human Be-In”? The counter-cultural gathering for 20,000 hippies and flower children was held in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, in January 1967. Timothy Leary and poet Allen Ginsberg were among the speakers.
- What does the military nickname “G.I.” stand for? The military nickname "G.I." stood for Government Issue. The term was introduced during World War II.
- How many people died at the infamous Andersonville Prison? More than 13,000 Union prisoners died at Andersonville, the largest Confederate military prison. Most died of neglect. The prison's commandant, Captain Henry Wirz, was the only Civil War soldier executed for war crimes.
- Who was the first man to circumnavigate the earth in one voyage? Sir Francis Drake (1545-1596) was the first man to sail around the earth in 1580. His predecessor, Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480-1521), started such a trip but died before the last of his ships…
- How tall is the average American? According to the National Center for Health Statistics, the average American male is 5 feet 9.1 inches tall. The average American female is 5 feet 3.7 inches tall.
- What was the first state to secede from the Union? The first state to secede from the Union was South Carolina, which seceded on December 20, 1860, in response to the November election of Abraham Lincoln as president.