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Was Abraham Lincoln a Skilled Athlete?
In most history books, Abraham Lincoln is portrayed as a dignified statesman who served as the 16th President of the United States from 1861 until his assassination in 1865. Lincoln is known for such achievements as helping to free the slaves and guide the United States through the Civil War. However, as a younger man in his teens and early 20s, Lincoln was known as one of the tougher blokes in rural 19th-century America -- a tall and wiry wrestler who only lost once in 300 or so wrestling matches. Honest Abe’s only wrestling defeat came at the hands of Hank Thompson, during a championship bout for the Illinois Militia regiment title in 1832.

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The match against Thompson took place as the militiamen were enjoying some downtime in the midst of the Black Hawk War.

Carl Sandburg’s biography of Lincoln also claims that Lincoln liked to do a little trash-talking. After trouncing a competitor, Abe supposedly claimed, “I’m the big buck of this lick. If any of you want to try it, come on and whet your horns.”

In 1992, Lincoln was posthumously inducted into the Outstanding American wing of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. Other presidential inductees include George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, and William Howard Taft.

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!Are Atheists Permitted to Hold Public Office in Every U.S. State?!
Seven U.S. states -- Maryland, Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas -- have clauses in their state constitutions that prohibit people who do not believe in God from holding public office. In various legal challenges, state and federal courts have ruled that there can be no religious test for holding public office and that the practice is unconstitutional and discriminatory, but none of the states has demonstrated the political will to remove those lines from their state constitutions.

It says so in the Constitution:

In 1961, the U.S. Supreme Court heard the case of Roy Torcaso, who refused to say that he believed in God in order to serve as a notary public in Maryland, and ruled in his favor.

State bans have rarely been invoked since 1992, when Herb Silverman was denied a position as a notary public in South Carolina. He prevailed in a 1997 decision by the South Carolina Supreme Court.

Article VI, paragraph 3 of the United States Constitution states that "no religious test shall ever be required as a qualification to any office or public trust under the United States."
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Why Have So Many Hurricanes Been given Female Names?
The World Meteorological Organization now names hurricanes using a system that alternates male and female names alphabetically. For 20 years or so beginning in 1953, however, all of these destructive storms were tagged with female names, and descriptions of their movements in the Atlantic Ocean and into the Gulf of Mexico tended to be colored with sexist cliches. Storms were called fickle when they’d change directions, and teasing or flirting when they’d approach landfall.

Calling hurricanes by name:

The maritime tradition of referring to the sea as female might have played a role. It’s also possible Army and Navy meteorologists named storms after sweethearts back home.

For hundreds of years, Caribbean islanders named storms after the patron saint of the day on which they struck.

In 1979, the weather community agreed to include male names on the roster, citing intense pressure from groups like the National Organization for Women.
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Is Ivanka Trump the Most Influential Presidential Daughter in U.S. History?
Despite her high profile, Ivanka Trump is far from being the first presidential daughter to take an active role in the White House. Anna Roosevelt, for example, helped her father, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, when the president’s relationship with his wife, Eleanor, became strained. Anna coordinated her father's social calendar and even accompanied him to the Yalta Conference in 1945, where FDR met with Joseph Stalin and Winston Churchill. Another presidential daughter, Margaret Wilson, took over First Lady duties when Woodrow Wilson’s first wife died in 1913. Margaret and her three sisters lobbied the president in favor of female suffrage and the 19th Amendment.

Daughters supporting presidential dads:

Similarly, Martha Jefferson Randolph assumed First Lady duties during Thomas Jefferson’s presidency after his wife died. In 1806, she gave birth to the first baby born at the White House.

Alice Roosevelt represented her father, Theodore Roosevelt, on a diplomatic tour of five Asian countries in 1905, coinciding with the president mediating peace between Japan and Russia.

Maureen Reagan lived at the White House during her father’s presidency and was an advocate for women’s issues. She was also active in politics, co-chairing the Republican National Committee.
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How Did Soldiers Try to Prevent Smallpox during the U.S. Civil War?
Smallpox and other deadly diseases killed more soldiers during the U.S. Civil War than cannonballs, bullets, or bayonets. It has been estimated that there was just one doctor for every 324 Confederate soldiers, and one for every 133 Union soldiers. Furthermore, there were severe shortages of medical supplies and abysmal sanitary conditions. Smallpox outbreaks were common on both sides of the conflict, and soldiers did what they could to protect themselves -- including self-inoculation. Using pocket knives or other sharp objects, a soldier would make a deep cut in his arm and then attempt to transmit bodily fluids from a sick comrade into the wound, with the objective of warding off smallpox. Not surprisingly, these rudimentary vaccination attempts sometimes resulted in serious infections or the transmission of other diseases.

An uphill battle against smallpox:

Soldiers feared getting smallpox more than they feared the wounds getting infected. But the resulting infections did incapacitate thousands of soldiers for weeks and sometimes months.

The indiscriminate transmission of lymph also introduced unwanted diseases into the bloodstream, including venereal diseases. Soldiers would often confuse a syphilis pustule with a cowpox sore, and end up infecting themselves.

Most historians agree that roughly two-thirds of the men who died in the war were felled by disease.
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How Frequently Was Fidel Castro the Target of Assassination Attempts?
After Fidel Castro’s death in 2016, his longtime security officer, Fabian Escalante, told CNN that the Central Intelligence Agency had devised precisely 638 assassination plots against the dictator, including an exploding cigar, a cigar laced with botulin, and a pen with a hidden needle that would poison him. After Castro gained control of Cuba in 1959, and colluded with the Soviet Union to install missiles on Cuban soil that were aimed directly at the United States, the dictator became Enemy No. 1 for the CIA. “If surviving assassination attempts were an Olympic event, I would win the gold medal,” Castro once said.

A femme fatale, and other crazy ideas:

One of the most famous attempts involved his ex-mistress, Marita Lorenz, who was hired to spike his drink with a poison pill. Castro found out, and the plot failed.

One of the more outlandish plots sought to put a chemical in his boots that would cause his beard to fall out. They’d hoped to discredit Castro when he spoke at the United Nations in 1960, Escalante claimed.

According to Escalante, the CIA also planned to lace a box of his cigars with LSD, so that he would laugh uncontrollably during a television interview.
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Did Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig Ever Strike out?
In the late 1920s, the New York Yankees were one of baseball’s most feared teams. The first six batters in their lineup, which included Babe Ruth batting third and Lou Gehrig hitting clean-up, became known as "Murderers’ Row." The Yankees were still a formidable force in 1931, and Ruth and Gehrig were still swinging for the fences. In April of that year, however, the sluggers apparently met their match. In an exhibition game against the minor-league Chattanooga Lookouts, Ruth faced relief pitcher Jackie Mitchell, a 17-year-old left-hander. She was one of the few women with a baseball contract. The Bambino struck out on four of Mitchell's pitches. Gehrig whiffed, too, swinging and missing three straight pitches.

Don't hurt yourself, little lady:

Back then, teams put on performances to draw Depression-era crowds with little money. The Lookouts were owned by Joe Engel, a known showman, leading some baseball purists to wonder if the strikeouts were part of a stunt.

Of course, the crowd roared for young Jackie. Babe Ruth was later quoted as saying: “I don't know what's going to happen if they begin to let women in baseball,” adding that women were “too delicate” to play ball every day.

A few days after Mitchell struck out Ruth and Gehrig, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis voided her contract and determined that women were unfit to play baseball. The game, he said, was “too strenuous” for them.
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What Were Conditions like in Richmond during the U.S. Civil War?
During the U.S. Civil War, Richmond, Virginia, served as the capital of the Confederacy. The city’s population ballooned to more than 100,000 people as civilians and soldiers alike sought refuge there. By 1863, times had gotten tough in the Confederate capital -- a Union blockade on nearby ports had halted imports from other countries and very little food was being grown locally, as most men were off fighting. The situation reached a boiling point in April, as hundreds of women armed with axes, knives, and other weapons protested en masse, in an ugly event now called the Richmond Women’s Bread Riot. Angry women, tired of their families being deprived of food, broke into government storehouses and businesses, taking whatever they could find.

The real housewives of the Confederacy:

The revolt was led by Mary Jackson, a mother of four, and Minerva Meredith, whom Varina Davis, wife of Confederate President Jefferson Davis, described as “tall, daring, Amazonian-looking.”

Crying “Bread! Bread!” and “Bread or blood!” the group marched to the governor’s mansion, asking Virginia Gov. John Letcher for help. When their pleas were ignored, the hungry women took matters into their own hands.

The bread riot was eventually quelled when Jefferson Davis climbed on top of a wagon and threatened to have Confederate troops open fire.
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