History Facts

Gerald Ford became Vice President and President of the United States without ever being elected to either position!

The Twenty-fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution deals with issues of succession to the Presidency and puts procedures in place for both filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, as well as responding to Presidential disabilities. The Twenty-fifth Amendment was adopted on the 23rd of February 1967. The Amendment has been invoked six times since its inception — twice with regards to Gerald Ford.

Spiro Agnew resigned on 10 October 1973, leaving the position of Vice President open. President Richard Nixon nominated Representative Gerald Ford of Michigan to succeed Agnew as Vice President, in accordance with the Twenty-fifth Amendment. The United States Senate voted 92 to 3 in favor of Ford and the House of Representatives voted 387 to 35 in favor. Ford was sworn in on 6 December 1973.

When President Richard Nixon resigned on 9 August 1974, after the Watergate scandal started unravelling, the Twenty-fifth Amendment had to be invoked again and Vice President Gerald Ford succeeded Nixon to the office of President. This resulted in Gerald Ford to be the only person ever in the history of the United States of America to be Vice President and President without being elected to either office by the citizens of that country.


During the 2011 riots in London, bookstores were the only thing left completely alone!

When chaos strikes and you don’t know where to go, when everyone is rioting and looting, will you join the masses? Where would you loot first to get what you need? The electronics store? Perhaps, a bookstore. No? Neither would any of the 2011 London rioters.

While nearly every other kind of shop from furniture stores to antique shops, was attacked, those who sold the ancient treasure of book-bound knowledge were left completely untouched. While it is an objective fact that books wouldn’t keep you alive or help feed your family during such chaos, this does make an unfortunate statement about the priority of modern global culture.

Some bookstores in London even felt comfortable enough to leave their stores open. One employee figured that it would be a good thing. He even remarked that if they were to steal something from their store they “might learn something.”

Unfortunately, one bookstore was in fact vandalized. It was theorized that the store was attacked because the owners were openly gay.


The grandson of the designer of Hitler's bunker built Saddam Hussein's bunker. Apparently it runs in the family!

Lots of people share their craft with their son or daughter in an attempt to pass on their legacy and the skill that they practice.

However, not many pass on the trade of building bunkers for infamous public enemies. Such appears to be the legacy of the woman who designed Adolf Hitler's bunker.Two generations later, her grandson would go on to be the designer of Saddam Hussein's bunker.

One can only guess how a family gets in such a business, but there is no guesswork in regards to why the grandson was asked to build the bunker. Simply put: He was good at his job. Massive bombs created for the purpose of reaching and tearing apart underground bunkers were unable to even scratch the man's creation.

Layers of concrete in its construction were put in place above the bunker for the purpose of 'tricking' any bunker busting bombs that 'detect' the amount of levels or floors that it crashes through before it explodes. The palace above the bunker was almost completely mutilated by the explosions, showing just how defensible the designer's layout turned out to be.


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The Nazis had a hidden base in North America that wasn't discovered until 1977!

In October of 1943 a German U-Boat arrived in Martin Bay, Labrador. Within 24 hours a weather station was set up a quarter mile inland. The station was given the codename “Kurt,” presumably after the meteorologist who manned the station, Dr. Kurt Sommermeyer.

The station only operated for about two weeks according to German records, and wasn’t discovered until 1977 by a team of archeologists. This was probably because of how far north Martin Bay is, making it quite isolated.

Setting up the station must have been a huge and tiring task as the equipment was extremely heavy. There were ten canisters that weighed around 220 lb. each, as well as other equipment for communications and other miscellaneous things.

All of this had to be unloaded from a submarine, taken to land in rubber dinghies and then carried a quarter mile inland over unfamiliar land... in the dark. There just isn’t much sunlight when you’re that far north in October. All the effort doesn’t really seem worth it seeing as how the station only operated for two weeks.


The Hancock building in Boston has two 300-ton weights on the roof! Find out why they were installe

The John Hancock Building, also referred to as The Hancock, is a 60-story skyscraper in Boston built in 1976. The Hancock held the title of the tallest building in Boston for more than 30 years, as well as being the tallest building in the New England area.

The style for the building was intended to be tall, thin, and show mostly glass as the exterior. Henry N. Cobb took on the challenge to create Boston’s newest skyscraper and landmark. He used the largest windows possible and kept the panes to a minimum. These windows were tinted blue so that the building would blend in with the blue skies on a sunny day. These large windows, lacking the window pane they need to hold, failed and windows started falling from the building on to the sidewalk. This was just one of many repairs made causing the building to open 5 years passed the scheduled date.

After trial and error, and even repairing the building with plywood, the building finally opened. As the building began to become occupied, the building manager was getting complaints from employees that they were getting motion sickness. Most skyscrapers blow in the wind slightly. The movements enable the structure to have some give and take so it doesn’t not have to support all of the wind blowing against it.

In order to make the building sturdier, two 300-ton steel weights filled with lead were placed on either side of the roof. This helped the building from swaying and causing the employees to feel nauseated.



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