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9 of the most memorable presidential elections in American history

While it may seem each presidential election is more shocking than the one before, American politics has a long history of memorable moments. Some elections have dramatically changed the course of history – just weeks after Abraham Lincoln’s inauguration in 1861, the Civil War began. The election of 1800 marked […]
9 of the most memorable presidential elections in American history
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16 staggering facts about the Fourth of July

For many Americans, the Fourth of July is a day of vacation and a time to picnic and barbecue with family and friends – but many people don’t know the facts behind some of the Fourth’s biggest traditions. Independence Day should actually be celebrated on July 2, not July 4. […]
16 staggering facts about the Fourth of July
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See if you can guess the original names of these 16 iconic US cities

US cities like New York and Los Angeles have long and storied histories. Before they were the iconic cities everyone knows, they had different names. A penny toss determined the name of Portland, Oregon, while the English named Boston and New York after English cities. Visit Insider’s homepage for more. […]
See if you can guess the original names of these 16 iconic US cities
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Little-known facts about every American first lady

America’s first ladies have rich histories to rival their commander-in-chief husbands. Edith Wilson basically ran the government after her husband had a stroke; Grace Coolidge had a pet raccoon; and Melania Trump speaks six languages. Continue to learn facts about each first lady, from Martha Washington to Melania Trump. Visit […]
Little-known facts about every American first lady
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The oldest town in every state

We defined the oldest town by the year when people arrived and officially established themselves. Some date back to the 1500s, while other states weren’t settled until the 1800s. Many towns were named after the Native American tribes who settled in the area first. Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories. […]
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5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day

Christmas is one of the most celebrated holidays on earth. But that doesn’t mean that conflicts simply freeze every December 25th. Important events in both of America’s most formative wars – the Revolutionary War and the Civil War – took place on Christmas.British and German troops even celebrated the holiday […]
5 momentous military events that took place on Christmas Day