The term "lobby" comes from the ability of ordinary people to meet their representatives in lobbies and hallways of the UK Parliament buildings after debates en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lob…
In 1932, Japanese Prime Minister Inukai Tsuyoshi prepared to send a representative to negotiate with the Chinese and tried to halt any further military activities, whereupon he was assassinated during an attempted coup d’état britannica.com/biography/…
Gerald Ford intended to retire from the US House of Representatives in 1976. Upon being nominated as Vice President he told his wife the Vice Presidency would be "a nice conclusion" to his career. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
In 1911 one of the US House of Representatives members proposed an amendment that would abolish the Senate. senate.gov/artandhistory/…
The US House of Representatives recognized that Alexander Graham Bell was not the original inventor of the telephone, in H. Res 269. They gave that recognition to Antonio Meucci. In 1887, the SCOTUS found the case viable and remanded a trial, but it was dismissed shortly after Meucci's death. congress.gov/bill/107th-c…
The Independant representative of Taipei in Taiwan is also the lead singer of a metal band, Cthonic, which has been compared to being the "Black Sabbath" of Asia. He also sings for Marty Friedman on a side project called Metal Clone X, which covers Japanese hits by turning them into heavy metal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
Today I learned about the C-2 visa, given to UN representatives of nations that have poor relations with the United States. It allows travel within a 25-mile radius of New York's Columbus Circle and is designed to only allow travel to and from the United Nations headquarters. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C-2…
A Texas state representative introduced a bill honouring Albert DeSalvo, widely thought to be the Boston Strangler, for his work in "population control." He wanted to prove that his colleagues passed legislation without due diligence. They passed the bill unanimously. snopes.com/fact-check/the…
Moses has the only full-face portrait in the US House of Representatives depicting lawmakers. All 22 others are half-faced and directed at him. aoc.gov/explore-capitol-c…
The parliament of Berlin is named differently from all other German states, since it is named after the Prussian House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lan…
Despite being one of the smallest states by population and by land area, New Hampshire has by far the largest state house of representatives of all fifty states, with 400 seats, one rep for every 3,300 citizens. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
In 1991, Democrats had controlled the House of Representatives for 36 consecutive years, and 56 of the previous 60; they had run the Senate for 50 of the past 60 years ashbrook.org/publications…
There is an electoral constituency in Belize called Mesopotamia, named after the region in Western Asia where early human society developed. It is represented by rapper Shyne in the Belize House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mes…
Democrats controlled the House of Representatives from 1954 to 1995 history.house.gov/Institu…
In 1977, a speaker claiming to be a representative of an intergalactic government hijacked British television, warning humanity to give up its weapons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
For the movie "O Brother, Where art Thou?", the cows that were shot and hit by the police car looked so realistic that the American Humane Society wouldn't immediately certify the movie as "No Animals Were Harmed". A representative had to be shown how they were digitally created ten times. mentalfloss.com/article/7…
The 1824 United States presidential election was the only one where the candidate with the most electoral votes did not win the election. John Quincy Adams had 15 less votes than Andrew Jackson, but was elected president via a contingent election by the House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/182…
Today I learned of Herbert Lee, a civil rights activists in the 60s who was murder in broad daylight by a representative. The representative claimed self defense. A black witness who was forced to tell a corroborated story ater was murdered as well. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Her…
In 1850 Michigan's Beaver Island was home to a Mormon Kingdom. After Joseph Smith's death, many Mormons considered James Strang to be the head of the church. He proclaimed himself King of the Mormons, had a crown and scepter, and afterward he was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bea…
From 1967 to 1979, the United States House of Representatives had a committee regarding the operations of a Beauty Shop. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Former Massachusetts State Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein planned to "fight to the death for Fluff" and supported legislation that would make the Fluffernutter the official state sandwich. The measure failed to pass in 2006 and again in 2009. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flu…
William Jennings Bryan, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Nebraska, was nominated by the Democratic Party for president on three separate occasions (1896, 1900 and 1908). He lost each time. He later played a key role in the Scopes Trial, arguing against teaching evolution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned about Edith Sampson, who in 1950 became the first African-American to represent the U.S. at the United Nations. She later became the first Black U.S. representative to NATO and became the first Black woman to be elected judge in the state of Illinois. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edi…
In a village Palmiry German occupants killed over 2000 representatives of the Polish elite polishhistory.pl/palmiry-…
Today I learned about a 1994 race for state representative in Wyoming that was decided by a ping-pong ball. State law said tied elections must be settled by drawing lots, so the candidates' names were written on ping-pong balls, and a ball bearing the winner's name was drawn from the governor's cowboy hat. latimes.com/archives/la-x…
In February 2008 the Washington State House of Representatives adopted a resolution to honor Washoe as the "first nonhuman to acquire a human language." By the time of her death in 2007, Washoe had learned approximately 350 signs of ASL and had taught her adopted son, Loulis, some signs. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Was…
A teenager fooled an entire school, multiple police officers, and a car dealership that he was the youngest State Representative ever. He was escorted to the school, given a tour, and spoke to the high school students about being involved in politics. toledoblade.com/Courts/20…
Connecticut ratified an amendment in 1790 that should give each Representative no more than 50,000 persons. But since Congress never noticed, it never took effect. If it did then the House of Representatives would be full of 6,489 Representatives. vox.com/2018/6/4/17417452…
There was a Russian spy in the U.S. Congress. Representative Samuel Dickstein of New York, in office from from 1923 to 1945, was a paid agent of the NKVDβ€”the precursor to the KGBβ€”according to USSR records. The Soviets gave Dickstein the codename "Crook" due to his monetary demands. theguardian.com/theguardi…
Uranus is named after a Greek god, while the other planets are Roman (excluding Earth). Also, Uranus’ moons are named after characters of Shakespeare and Pope, while the other moons (except for ours) get their names from Greek/Roman myths, mostly from those about their representative god. starchild.gsfc.nasa.gov/d…
Giraffe can run extremely fast - at a gallop they reach a speed of up to 60 km/h, which ranks them among the fastest animals in the savanna, right after the representatives of the cat family. needforscience.com/biolog…
On May 19th 1989, CBS broke into their primetime programming for over half an hour to broadcast a live dispute between the CBS News team and representatives of the Chinese government. (The government was terminating all foreign broadcasts in a lead up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre.) youtu.be/Af14Ksv79uk
The New Hampshire General Court is the largest state legislature in the United States with 424 seats. 400 of those seats are the House of Representatives and 24 are the Senate. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New…
From 1983 to 1987, the two members of the US House of Representatives from Maine, John McKernan and Olympia Snowe, were boyfriend and girlfriend. They later married after McKernan was elected Governor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
The gavel used by the UN President is called "Thor's gavel" as it was gifted to the UN by Iceland's first permanent UN representative Thor Thors news.un.org/en/story/2018…
A teenager fooled an entire school, a car dealership, and police officers that he was the youngest elected State Representative ever. He was escorted around the school, given a tour, and even spoke to the high school students about his involvement in politics. 13abc.com/home/headlines/…
Tennessee State Representative Harry Burn was the deciding vote that led to the ratification of the 19th amendment, granting women the right to vote in the U.S. He said: β€œI know that a mother’s advice is always safest for her boy to follow and my mother wanted me to vote for ratification.” wikipedia.org/wiki/Harry_…
As of 2018, 73% of active female senators and over 50% of women in the house of representatives were girl scouts alums girlscouts.org/content/da…
In May 1995, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5–4 that states cannot impose term limits upon their federal Representatives or Senators oyez.org/cases/1994/93-14…
In the USA, Representatives do not have to live in their districts, only their states. history.house.gov/Institu…
Today I learned of "White monkey" jobs in China, Caucasian foreigners are hired to stand around and pretend to be a employee of the chinese company or representative of a international company to increase the value of the Chinese company vice.com/en_us/article/4w…
On August 18th 1920 women gained the right to vote because tie-breaker Tennessee republican representative, and an opponent to women’s suffrage, Harry T. Burn’s mother told him β€œDon’t forget to be a good boy and help Mrs. Catt put the β€˜rat’ in ratification.” history.com/topics/womens…
The name Kevin in Germany has a particularly bad reputation (related to lower socioeconomic status), so much so that the word 'Alpha-Kevin' has been coined, representative of a particularly unintelligent young person. 'Kevinism' has even been described as an 'avoidable childhood illness'. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
In 1924, the Ku Klux Klan got four of its members elected to Anaheim, California's five-member board of trustees, giving them control of city government. When the Klan's plan was exposed, their representatives were successfully recalled in a special election the following year. u-s-history.com/pages/h23…
A communist Prussian army officer, August Willich, challenged Karl Marx to a duel because he thought Marx was too conservative. Marx declined, but representatives of both men later dueled, and Marx's second was shot in the head. Willich later became a Union army major in the US Civil War wikipedia.org/wiki/August…
In 1857 Senator James Hammond, representative of South Carolina, released a manual of breastfeeding rules for enslaved women. The manual regulated time spent breastfeeding and rigidly set weaning schedules. The women were forced to nurse the children of their owners as well as other babies. encyclopedia.com/social-s…
A teenager fooled an entire school, multiple police officers, and a car dealership that he was the youngest State Representative ever. He was escorted to the school, given a tour, and spoke to the high school students about being involved in politics. toledoblade.com/Courts/20…
The House of Representatives is surrounded by 23 marble relief portraits of famous historical lawgivers, including Napoleon, Jefferson, Moses, Lycurgus, Solon, Gaius and Hammurabi. aoc.gov/art/relief-portra…
After Sputnik’s successful launch in 1957 and American failure to launch their own first artificial satellite into space a few weeks later, the Soviet delegate to the UN offered the US representative aid β€œunder the Soviet program of technical assistance to backwards nations" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spa…
In the mid 19th century the Mexican state of Yucatan declared independence from Mexico and petitioned the US to annex them. The US House of Representatives voted to approve the annexation, but the Senate rejected it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…

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