Illinois is home to a lot of firsts:
» Des Plaines is home to the first McDonalds.
» The first aquarium opened in Chicago in 1893.
» The world’s first skyscraper was built in Chicago in 1885.
» Chicago hosted the first World Cup Soccer Championship to be held in the US in 1994.
» Illinois was the first to ratify the 13th Amendment - abolishing slavery in 1865.
» The Alder Planetarium in Chicago was the first planetarium in the western hemisphere.
» The world’s first Ferris Wheel was at the Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
Idaho became the 43rd state on July 3rd, 1890, despite objections from Illinois, Indiana, and Iowa that there were already too many states beginning with the letter “I”. The Great Seal of Idaho was designed in 1890 by Mrs. Emma Edwards Green. It is the only Great Seal in the 50 states to be designed by a woman.
Under-sea volcanoes that erupted thousands of years ago formed the islands of Hawaii. Out of the 8 islands, the largest is known as the Big Island of Hawaii. The Big Island’s getting bigger—by more than 42 acres each year—thanks to Kīlauea Volcano. It’s been continuously erupting for 30 years and adding new acres of land to the island.
In May 1886, Coca-Cola was invented by Dr. John S. Pemberton in Atlanta, Georgia. The name “Coca-Cola” was suggested by his bookkeeper, Frank Robinson. He penned the name Coca-Cola in the flowing script that is still famous today.
Gatorade was named for the University of Florida Gators where the drink was first developed. As the official state reptile and long unofficial symbol of the state, the alligator originally symbolized Florida’s extensive untamed wilderness and swamps.
The Miss United States contest was held for the first time on Rehoboth Beach in Delaware. Thomas Edison served as judge and the history of beauty pageants in this country was off and running.
Connecticut is home to the first hamburger (1895), Polaroid camera (1934), helicopter (1939), and color television (1948).
Colorado is the only state in history to turn down the Olympics. In 1976 the Winter Olympics were planned to be held in Denver. 62% of all state voters choose at almost the last minute not to host the Olympics, because of the cost, pollution and population boom it would have on the State Of Colorado, and the City of Denver.
The Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco has enough steel wires in its cables to circle the earth at the equator 3.5 times.
Famous singer Johnny Cash was born in Kingsland, soldier and statesman General Douglas MacArthur was born in Little Rock, & popular musician and composer Scott Joplin was born in Texarkana.