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Hear Ye' Historical Facts! HISTORICAL FACTS

Enjoy these tidbits about our historic past!

The George Washington Bridge, linking New York to New Jersey, opened on October 24, 1931.

The first successful oil well was drilled in Pennsylvania in 1859.

On September 2, 1192, Sultan Saladin and King Richard the Lion Hearted signed an
agreement ending the third Crusade.

Mexico declared its independence from Spain on August 23, 1821.

In April 1919, England enacted a 48 hour work week with minimum wages.

On October 1874 Joseph Glidden received a patent for barbed wire. There were many lawsuits over the patent, and Glidden won every one of them. Eventually more than two thousand variations of barbed wire were developed.

The Hundred Years War actually lasted for 116 years.

On October 30, 1941 the American destroyer Reuben James sank after being torpedoed by a German U-Boat. This was almost two months before the United States entered World War II.

Harvard University was founded in 1636.

In January 1942 Pan American airlines made the first around-the-world commercial flight.

Roald Amundsen and Umberto Nobile became the first men to cross the North Pole in an airship on May 12, 1926.

In 1877 on December 6th, Thomas Edison made the first sound recording on his phonograph machine.

In December of 1657, the Massachusetts General Court ordered a fine to be payed by anyone celebrating Christmas.

On August 15,1620 the Mayflower set sail from Southampton, England with 120 Pilgrims.

Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state on August 21,1959 .

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