There were 45 states in the United States at the turn of the last century. Oklahoma became the 46th state in 1907, New Mexico and Arizona in 1912, and Alaska and Hawaii in 1959.
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The bleakest places on Earth are the two poles: the South Pole has no sunshine for 182 days each year; the North Pole does slightly better - it has no sunlight for 176 days.
The coffee filter was invented by Melitta Bentz, in Germany in 1908. She pierced holes in a tin container, put a circular piece of absorbent paper in the bottom of it and put her creation over a coffee pot.
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Mexico banned imported films that depicted Mexicans as villains in 1926. The ban was ignored by Hollywood, but the effect on exports south of the border was sufficiently serious for the Hays Office to order no more Mexican...Read More
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Alexander Hamilton has been credited with writing George Washington's famous Farewell Address.