In 1900, a hurricane in Galveston, Texas, with 15- to 20-foot waves swept over Galveston Island and drowned 6,000 people.
- What immigrant group has the most descendants in the United States today? More Americans (19.6 percent) report German ancestry than any other. In second place is Irish ancestry (13.1 percent) and in third place English (11 percent).
- What game of the World Series was about to begin when the San Francisco earthquake of 1989 struck? The earthquake hit the San Francisco Bay area on October 17, 1989, minutes before the third game of the World Series was about to be played between the Oakland Athletics and the San…
- How many Americans served in the armed forces during the first and second world wars? About 4.7 million Americans served in the armed forces in World War I. Over three times as many, 16.1 million, served in World War II.
- How many American lives were lost in World War I? The total American death count in World War I was 116,516, including 53,402 deaths in battle and 63,114 from other causes, mostly disease. An additional 204,002 soldiers received nonlethal wounds.
- Who said, “Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy”? H. L. Mencken said, "Puritanism is the haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy".
- What is the octopus in The Octopus (1901)? The octopus in Frank Norris's novel is the Pacific and Southwestern Railroad. The railroad dominates the California state government, manipulates other industries, and oppresses struggling wheat farmers.