Posts tagged ‘United States’

December 12, 2013

December 12th is National Poinsettia Day!


Dr. Joel Roberts Poinsett, an amateur botanist and first United States ambassador to Mexico, introduced the plant that became known as the poinsettia to the United States. He discovered a shrub with brilliantly colored red leaves growing by the side of the road in Taxco, Mexico, in December 1828 and sent cuttings home to his plantation in Greenville, South Carolina.
Most botanists at that time dismissed the poinsettia as a weed? Fortunately, Poinsett continued to study and breed this plant in his greenhouse, sharing plants with his horticulturist friends. It soon gained acceptance as a holiday plant, despite its very short bloom time. It wasn’t until the 1960s that researchers were able to successfully breed plants to bloom more than just a few days.


November 21, 2013


Sarah Josepha Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She is also the author of the popular nursery rhyme “Mary Had a Little Lamb”


October 20, 2013


In 1946, Harry S Truman declared the White House haunted.


October 7, 2013


Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of Halloween candy each year.


September 26, 2013


John Adams was the only President to be defeated by his Vice President, Thomas Jefferson.


September 16, 2013


About 80 women go into labor on New York City subways every year.


August 28, 2013

Today in History


During the August 28th,1963 March on Washington, the government expected the worst and arranged to have nearly 20,000 troops on standby should the day’s march get unruly. Local liquor stores were ordered  to stay closed that day, an event that hadn’t occurred since Prohibition.  Officials even rigged the audio system so that they could quickly cut Martin Luther King Jr.’s microphone and switch to music if he  were to say anything that might incite violence. None of these measures were  necessary, however, as the day was entirely peaceful.


August 18, 2013

Packed in Like Sardines


The first city to reach a population of 1 million people was Rome, Italy in 133  B.C. London, England reached the mark in 1810 and New York, USA made it in 1875.  Today, there are over 300 cities in the world that boast a population in excess of 1 million.