Today I learned of Richard Pavlick, a retired postal worker who slipped past the Secret Service on a mission to assassinate president-elect JFK in 1960. Pavlick decided not to attempt the assassination because he did not wish to harm Kennedy's wife and children. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
In 1930 a group of Southern white women formed the Association of Southern Women for the Prevention of Lynching. By 1940, they had more than 100 chapters and 4 million members, and helped elect anti-lynching candidates across the South. The assoc. folded in 1942. tshaonline.org/handbook/o…
The Coat of Arms for the Holy See changes during a Papal vacancy. The Papal Tiara is replaced by an Umbraculum, representing the temporary rule from a designated cardinal called the Camerlengo. The CoA is used for a minimum of 12 days before a Papal Conclave can convene to elect a new Pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
After failing to elect a new Pope for 2 years, a hermit monk wrote an angry letter threatening divine punishment if one was not elected soon. They chose to elect him as Pope Celestine V. He initially refused, but after serving for 5 months, he made it legal for Popes to resign and resined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
The state of Georgia briefly had three people, the outgoing governor, the lieutenant governor-elect and the governor-elect's son, vying for the governorship after the governor-elect died before taking office. ajc.com/news/special-repo…
In 1947in Georgia Governor-elect died before taking office, so the LT Governor-elect, the sitting Governor, and the Governor-elect's son all claimed to be Governor. The State legislature voted for the son. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thr…
Robert Mardian, the political co-ordinator for the Committee to Re-elect the President, was convicted for his part in the Watergate scandal but later had the conviction overturned because his lawyer had fallen ill en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The first countries to elect females as the head of government were in Asia - Sri Lanka in 1960, India in 1966, and Israel in 1969. The first European country to elect a female head of government was the United Kingdom, in 1979 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
A disgruntled postal worker got close enough to assassinate President-elect JFK using dynamite, but didn’t because children were around. time.com/4141628/richard-…
When cardinals failed to elect a pope for 2 years, a hermit warned them of divine vengeance. Cardinals elected him as Pope Celestine V. He refused and tried to flee, and after being persuaded, he wrote two decrees: for fixing the papal elections and for allowing him to resign. Then resigned en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
In the 1862 Greek referendum to elect a new king, 1,763 voted for "a king", 482 voted "long live the three great powers", 93 voted "a republic", 3 people voted for Giuseppe Garibaldi and one person voted in favour of King Otto, the previous king who was just deposed and exiled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/186…
Viking people held a yearly assembly, open to all citizens, where the people would discuss disputes and political decisions, precided by a lawspeaker who memorises the entire law code and has the power to demote and elect kings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
Leaderless groups tend to elect self-centered and narcissistic individuals as leaders hbr.org/2013/08/why-do-so…
In American football (NFL) there is such a thing as a free kick. When a team does a fair catch on punt they may elect to attempt a field goal on first down and the defense isn't allowed within 10 yards of the kicker. If good the kick counts for the usual 3 points. youtu.be/VDJhA0hfysQ
In the U.K 2002 a man attempted to refute a Β£25 motoring ticket by invoking the right to trial by combat, challenging the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency to elect a champion to do combat with him. themarysue.com/trial-by-c…
North Korea has a policy of mandatory voting to elect its legislature...but each ballot has only a single candidate on it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ele…
The Lord Mayor of London is the only mayor not elected by the public. Instead around 100 representatives of London's oldest guilds elect the Mayor to promote the interests of the UK financial sector in parliament. Within the City of London's limits he is second only to the Queen in precedence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lor…
Wilhelm Karl von Urach was a German Duke who at different times was heir to the throne of Monaco, King-Elect of Lithuania, and candidate for the thrones of Albania, Alsace-Lorraine, and WΓΌrttemberg. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
San Francisco elects its Public Defender en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…
America didn't even elect a black governor until Virginia's L. Douglas Wilder in 1990. cbsnews.com/news/january-…
Since 2000, the license plates of the District of Columbia (whose residents pay taxes to the federal government, but do not elect representatives or senators to congress) have featured the slogan "Taxation Without Representation". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_…
Giuseppe Zangara assassinated the mayor of Chicago in 1933. But, he was standing on a wobbly chair and so missed his real target, the man next to him - President elect Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR was saved by a faulty folding chair. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giu…
Bolivia's largest prison, San Pedro, has a society within itself, with no guards inside the walls. It has shops and restaurants run by inmates. Inmates elect their own leaders, get jobs to pay for their cell's rent, and can even live with their wives and children lapazlife.com/places/san-…
The name β€œFido” became synonymous with dogs because of the campaign strategy to elect Abraham Lincoln. akc.org/expert-advice/lif…
In the U.K 2002 a man attempted to refute a Β£25 motoring ticket by invoking the right to trial by combat, challenging the Driving Vehicle and Licensing Agency to elect a champion to do combat with him. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tri…
Today I learned of Pietro di Morrone, who sent a letter to the College of Cardinals warning of divine vengeance if a pope is not elected immediately. A priest saw this and cried out 'In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, I elect brother Pietro di Morrone!' resulting in Pietro becoming a pope. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Wyoming was the first U.S. state to elect a woman as governor in 1924. uwyo.edu/lawlib/libraryin…
San Marino, the world's oldest republic, was the first country to democratically elect a communist party in 1945, which remained in the government coalition for 12 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
SΓ£o Paulo, a city of brazil, once tried to elect a rhinoceros with 100 thousand votes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cac…
San Marino was the first country ever to democratically elect a communist party to power en.wikipedia.org/wiki/His…
In 1269, the election of the Pope took so long (3 years) that the city where the conclave was held, Viterbo, refused to send in anything except bread and water. When even this failed to elect a Pope, villagers removed the roof of the palace hosting the cardinals to speed up the election. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pap…
Some counties in the US elect their coroners. ydr.com/story/news/2017/0…
Americans do not directly vote for their President; they elect officials who in turn make the real vote and not always in the same way as majority people.howstuffworks.com/…
The town of Dorset, Minnesota does not elect its mayors. Instead, the town's residents' names are put into a hat, and the name drawn out is appointed as mayor. As a result, in 2013, 4-year-old Robert Tufts became the youngest mayor in history when his name was drawn. bringmethenews.com/2013/0…
Most of the United States did not directly elect Senators until 1913; before then, most Senators were selected by their state legislature (though in some cases these appointments were based on non-binding elections or referendums) senate.gov/artandhistory/…
As no presidential candidate received a majority of electoral votes in the election of 1824, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to elect John Quincy Adams, who won fewer votes than Andrew Jackson in the popular election, as the 6th president of the United States. history.com/this-day-in-h…
German workers have "Mitbestimmung", or the right to participate in their company's management. Depending on the business size they elect 30% to 50% of the firm's governing board. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cod…
The socialist President-elect of France, Francois Hollande, never married his girlfriend because they considered it "too bourgeois." They were together for 30 years and had 4 children. guardian.co.uk/world/2011…
In 1862, Greece held a referendum to elect a new king. The top 8 candidates were disqualified, throwing the election to a Danish prince with .00002% of the vote (just 6 votes). He and his descendants ruled Greece for 100 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gre…
Technocrats seek to elect scientists and engineers instead of politicians and businessmen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tec…
There was an earlier attempt to assassinate President Kennedy in 1960. Richard Paul Pavlick, a retired postal worker from New Hampshire who hated Catholics, planned to blow himself and the president-elect up with dynamite as Kennedy left Church en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
There is a huge prison in Boliva with no gaurds/police involvement. Inmates create a self-sustaining society. They elect leaders to make and enforce laws. Many inmates have paying jobs within the walls and live with their spouses and children. news.bbc.co.uk/2/shared/s…
When world leaders and dignitaries visit the President, they stay at the Blair House, which is across the street from the White House. It's also traditionally available to the President-elect 5 days before inauguration. It has 119 rooms, at nearly 70,000 sq ft, it’s larger than the White House. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Henry Shoemaker, a farmhand from Indiana, cast the deciding vote to elect Rep. Madison Marsh. Marsh in turn cast the deciding vote to elect Sen. Edward Hannegan. And Hannegan cast the deciding vote to start the Mexican-American War. in.gov/ActiveCalendar/Eve…
Union members who take religious exception to their union can elect to pay dues to a charitable organization instead of to the union uscode.house.gov/statutes…
Pope Pius XII prepared plans for his immediate resignation and the convocation of a conclave in Portugal to elect a new Pope if Rome was invaded and he was captured by the Nazi's during WWII. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pop…
Voting was considered the contrary of democracy until 18th century, because you vote for the best (aristos) making it aristocratic by nature, Athenians actually used a draw system to elect representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ath…
Missouri used to elect their US representatives state-wide on a general ticket rather than specific geographies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mis…
Every year at the National Hobo Convention in Britt, Iowa they elect a new "Hobo King". The "King" gets burial privileges in a special cemetery reserved only for former "Hobo Kings" roadtrippers.com/places/h…
Bolivia has a prison with no guards which has a society within itself. Inmates elect leaders, make laws, get jobs and pay rent for their cells. Their families can also come live with them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San…

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