For 67 consecutive years, Mary was America’s most popular female baby name. Linda broke the streak in 1947.
Portland was named by a coin flip. Had the coin landed the other way, the city would be known as Boston, Oregon.
Commercial flights were allowed to fly any course to their destination and would often detour over points of interest. This ended in 1956 when two planes crashed mid-flight over the Grand Canyon.
Reed Hasting started Netflix after receiving $40 in late fees when returning Apollo 13.
The 442nd Infantry Regiment, a largely Japanese American unit that served during WWII, did so while their families were held in internment camps. Their motto was “Go for Broke” and they were the most decorated unit in U.S. military history.
The idea that a man should spend two months salary on an engagement ring was popularized by De Beers’ ad agency.
The designer of the current United States flag was 17 at the time, and created it for a high school project. He received a B-.
Toto the dog, played by a female Cairn terrier named Terry, was paid $125 per week.
In today’s dollars, she would have been paid more than say, a certain GS-13 writer for the NIH back in 2010. She certainly earned it and had way more talent.
The first drive-in theater opened in 1933.
The film industry got its start in New Jersey.