One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

One-Night Stands with American History (Revised and Updated Edition): Odd, Amusing, and Little-Known Incidents

Richard Shenkman, Kurt Reiger

Language: English

Pages: 226

ISBN: 0060538201

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Respect yourself in the morning -- read One-Night Stands with American History!

This collection of little-known facts and anecdotes is American history with the boring parts left out. Richard Shenkman and Kurt Reiger have uncovered numerous stories about hoaxes, inventions, secrets, and rare incidents -- many involving the most famous and powerful people in America.
• President U. S. Grant was arrested for speeding in his horse carriage.
• J. Edgar Hoover refused to allow people to walk on his shadow.
• France shipped Louisiana twenty-five prostitutes because women were in short supply in 1721.
• H. L. Hunt won his first oil well in a game of five-card stud.

Even historians find that One-Night Stands with American History features fascinating stories they never knew. Now updated with facts and anecdotes from the last twenty years, this volume is a treasure trove of remarkable stories that will startle, entertain, and inform you. And the best part is that they're all true!

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the street to be sworn in. Who is to be believed? Historically speaking, no one knows. SOURCE: Charles Warren, Odd Byways in American History (Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1942), pp. 92–101. WASHINGTON PAPERS GIVEN AWAY Today a single letter written by George Washington can bring several thousand dollars. But when he died, just about anyone could obtain a sample of Washington’s correspondence. The President’s nephew, Bushrod Washington, who had control of the papers, simply

was advised. When “relaxation was present,” Knowlton thought a combination of zinc and alum was most suitable. Or, if there was “tenderness of the parts,” Knowlton recommended a “solution of sugar of lead.” Of course, homes in 1832 were not well heated. But this was not a problem for Knowlton’s birth-control formula. In mixing the solutions, the doctor advised that a little “spirits” be added to prevent freezing. SOURCE: Norman E. Himes, Medical History of Contraception (New York: Gamut, 1963),

Grant issued the following order: “The Jews, as a class violating every regulation of trade established by the Treasury Department and also Department orders, are hereby expelled from the department within twenty-four hours.” It has been said, in Grant’s defense, that by “Jews” he simply meant peddlers and traders, and that he was not anti-Semitic. • By 1861 there were only two countries in the Western world other than the United States which maintained slavery: Cuba and Brazil. • General

during Coolidge’s administration: “I was lunching with President Coolidge one day when we were joined by an author who, of his volition and without approach to Mr. Coolidge, had written and published a biography of Calvin Coolidge. He wanted to present a copy of his book to the President. Mr. Coolidge was gracious enough to accept the book. Taking another copy of his work from under his arm, the author told the President that he would deem it a great honor if the President would write his name

Instantly Ferguson notified his men “to steal near to them and fire at them.” But as his men readied, Ferguson peremptorily withdrew his order. He had suddenly decided it would be better to capture the stately pair than to kill them. Without hesitating, he shouted out to the Frenchman, who was nearer, ordering him to dismount. The Frenchman ignored the command, however, and called out a warning to his friend in buff and blue. Washington promptly wheeled his horse around and made off, with the

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