Buddy Holly asked his wife out on their first meeting and proposed to her on the second. His manager disapproved of the relationship saying it would upset his female fans, so during his tours she was presented as his secretary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bud…
In 1844, during a pleasure cruise on a US steamship, a ship's gun exploded, killing the US secretary of state, secretary of the Navy, and four other high-ranking federal officials. The disaster killed more top US government officials in a single day than any other tragedy in American history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
In 1987, a sitting member of Ronald Reagan's cabinet, Commerce Secretary William Baldrige, died in a tragic rodeo accident when his horse fell on him and the saddle drove his belt buckle into his spine latimes.com/archives/la-x…
Ming emperor Hongwu had a secretary flogged for writing a 17,000-word request to the emperor. However, when the flogging was carried out, the emperor had only gotten to the 16,370th word, and when the emperor finished reading it he praised it as an example of a very well-written letter. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The Seward Pole is a Shame Pole created to shame former U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward for not reciprocating the courtesy or generosity of his Tlingit hosts following a potlatch given in his honor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tot…
The USS William D. Porter was the only vessel in US Navy history to have its entire crew placed under arrest after accidentally firing a live torpedo at a vessel carrying the President of the United States and the Secretary of State taskandpurpose.com/histor…
The first person who originally was on the $1 bill was Salmon P. Chase whom was the treasury secretary under Abraham Lincoln in 1863. home.treasury.gov/about/h…
There was nearly a President Rosecrans. Union Gen. William Rosecrans was asked if he would be Lincoln’s running mate in 1864, but the acceptance telegram he sent back was intercepted and hidden by Secretary of War Edwin Stanton, who didn’t like him. Andrew Johnson was selected instead. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Today I learned of the Marshall Scholarship, created by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1953 as a living gift to the United States in recognition of the generosity of Secretary of State George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan in the wake of World War II en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned about the 'cyber seat', the world's first park bench with free internet. It was installed in the UK in 2001 by Microsoft. Within days, two teens had plugged their house phone into it, attempting to call Bill Gates to say 'we are calling you from your bench'. They managed to reach his secretary. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/sci/t…
J. P. Morgan, the financier, and Alexander Hamilton, the first US Secretary of the Treasury, share a descendant: Alexander Morgan Hamilton, a civil servant and philanthropist. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
Today I learned of the Teapot Dome Scandal: Between 1921-1923 during Harden's presidency, the Secretary of the Interior, Albert Fall, secretly leased federal oil reserves to the Mammoth Oil Company in exchange for $200k worth of liberty bonds. He became the first Cabinet secretary to go to prison. britannica.com/event/Teap…
Following the Civil War Robert E Lee was stricken of his citizenship and had to apply for it back. Instead of the letter reaching the president it was given as a souvenir to a friend of the secretary of state. theimaginativeconservativ…
In 1997 Mrs. Nane Annan, wife of then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, designated Winnie the Pooh as a United Nations' Ambassador of Friendship un.org/en/messengers-peac…
Devin Ratray, the actor who plays Buzz McAllister in the 'Home Alone' franchise, also starred in the 2008 film 'Courting Condi' about a love-struck man who goes on a journey to win the heart of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cou…
Because the policies and activities of the Department of the Interior and many of its agencies have a substantial impact in the Western U.S., the Secretary of the Interior typically comes from a Western state; only three Secretaries have come from states east of the Misssipppi River since 1949 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uni…
Devin Ratray, who played Buzz in 'Home Alone', starred in a 2007 film called 'Courting Condi'. In the film, Ratray is followed by a documentary crew as he goes on a journey to win the heart of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dev…
Before and after he assumed the presidency, Kennedy reportedly had affairs with a number of women, including Marilyn Monroe, Gunilla von Post, Judith Campbell, Mary Pinchot Meyer, Marlene Dietrich, Mimi Alford, and his wife's press secretary, Pamela Turnure. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Had Woodrow Wilson lost the 1916 presidential election (which he nearly did) he planned to appoint his opponent as secretary of state and then resign along with his vice president, sparing the country a lengthy lame duck period during a time of international conflict. historylessons.net/presid…
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is part of the Department of Commerce because President Nixon's Secretary of the Interior publicly criticized the administration's Vietnam War policy. Nixon punished him by putting the new agency under a different department. sciencemag.org/news/2012/…
When FDR appointed Frances Perkins as Secretary of Labor in 1933, making her the first woman cabinet officer and entering her into the presidential line of succession, laws in a majority of states would still have prevented her from serving on a jury en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wom…
The Cape Hatteras Lighthouse in NC otherwise known as Hamilton’s light after he commissioned it as secretary after a ship he was on almost crashed when he was on his way to the New World oldsaltblog.com/2017/05/a…
While British secret agents are allowed to commit murder, the killings have to be signed off by a Secretary of State. businessinsider.com/uk-m1…
Kyoto was actually at the top of the list of targets for the atomic bomb, not Nagasaki nor Hiroshima. Secretary of War Henry Stimson ordered for the ancient city with its thousands of palaces, temples, and shrines to be removed from the list, but the military kept on putting it back. bbc.com/news/world-asia-3…
The Commonwealth formed after the execution of Charles I appointed John Milton as the Secretary for Foreign Tongues. His job was to compose official foreign correspondences in Latin and other languages. Milton also helped the Commonwealth by producing propaganda material. historytoday.com/archive/…
Edwin Stanton first met Abraham Lincoln at a patent case in 1855. He called Lincoln a "damned long armed ape." In 1862, Lincoln appointed Stanton his Secretary of War during the Civil War, who grew to respect Lincoln. In 1865, at Lincoln's deathbed, Stanton uttered: "Now he belongs to the ages." nation.time.com/2012/10/2…
Robert E. Lee's citizenship was posthumously restored in 1975 after his lost Amnesty Oath was found. It had been given to a friend as a souvenir by the Secretary of State in 1865. archives.gov/publications…
Today I learned of Pedro LascurΓ‘in Paredes, a Mexican politician who was president for less than one hour on February 19 1913. This was due to a military coup by a General. The general had LascurΓ‘in assume the presidency, then appoint him interior secretary, before resigning to make him president. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ped…
March Fong Eu, served 19 years as California Secretary of State, introduced absentee ballots on demand, put candidate information in the state ballot pamphlet for the first time, and was the first Asian American woman to hold a constitutional office in any US state. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of Medgar Evers, an American civil rights activist in Mississippi, the state's field secretary for the NAACP, and a World War II veteran who had served in the United States Army and was assassinated in 1963 by a member of the "White Citizens' Council" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Med…
Helen Keller's family forbade her from marrying her fiancΓ©, Peter Fagan, an ex-newspaper reporter who was working as her secretary, because of her disabilities. And society of her time believed women with disabilities shouldn't experience romance of any kind. aruma.com.au/about-us/blo…
The death of James Brady, White House Press Secretary under Ronald Reagan, was ruled a homicide caused by a 33-year old gunshot wound to the head en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
Alexander Hamilton, in addition to helping write the Constitution and being first Treasury Secretary, also was the commander of the entire U.S. Army for six months. armyhistory.org/major-gen…
In 1933, Adolf Hitler made friends with a young Jewish girl, Rosa Nienau, whilst he was staying at his mountain retreat. After the meeting they became penpals and the correspondence carried on right until 1938 when Hitlers secretary told her to cease contact. bbc.co.uk/news/world-euro…
JK Rowling attended Exeter University to study French with Greek and German. Her parents hoped that in studying languages, she would enjoy a career as a bilingual secretary. After completing her 3,000 word final essay in French, she graduated with a 2.2 exetermemories.co.uk/em/_…
In Delaware, the governor gets the license plate number 1, the lt. governor gets #2, the secretary of state gets #3. All other existing license plate numbers can be traded or sold and in 2018, #6 sold at auction for $410,000 npr.org/2018/08/25/641835…
An explosion aboard the USS Princeton killed a US Secretary of State and Secretary of the Navy. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
That's a 10 year olds American girl in fear of a war between the USA and the USSR wrote a letter to the Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov, got published in the Pravda, get a response from Andropov himself and an invitation to visit the USSR. (Which she did) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
During 1978 FIFA World Cup team Peru was threatened to play poorly in a key match against Argentina by Peruvian president Francisco Morales-BermΓΊdez, Argentine president Jorge Rafael Videla, and US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. Argentina won by 6-0 and advanced to the second round. history.com/news/world-cu…
The final catalyst of the Thirty Years' War was when two Catholic Counts and their secretary were thrown out of the window ("defenstrated") by the Protestant Count Thurn in Prague. They survived the 3 story (21 m) fall, and the secretary was later given the title of "Baron of Highfall" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
Thomas Jefferson resigned as Secretary of the State under George Washington and his letter of resignation has been transcribed and is still in the library of Congress today. loc.gov/resource/mtj1.019…
Sylvia Bloom, A law firm secretary amassed more than $ 8 million by paying attention to her boss investments. She lived a modest life that Her friends and relatives flabbergasted when they knew about her wealth. She left almost all of her wealth to charity when she died. cnbc.com/2018/05/08/how-a…
Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins made a speech at a joint session of Congress and the secretary of state, Bill Rogers, liked it, so he got President Nixon involved. Collins was offered a job as assistant secretary of state before becoming director of the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum cnn.com/2019/06/18/us/mic…
The Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin’s official signature on United States’ currency is written in print. coinworld.com/news/precio…
That, with war looming, President Wilson - had he lost the 1916 election - pragmatically planned to avoid a long lame-duck period by appointing his opponent, Charles Evans Hughes, Secretary of State, with Wilson & his VP then resigning, thereby making Hughes president ahead of schedule. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twe…
The famous "I drink your milkshake" line from "There Will Be Blood" was based on actual dialogue spoken by Secretary of the Interior Albert Fall during a 1924 congressional hearing about the Teapot Dome scandal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
National Dollar Day on August 8th commemorates the day Congress established the U.S. monetary system in 1786. In 1862, the United States printed its first dollar bill. It wasn’t George Washington face, The first dollar bill featured Salmon P. Chase, President Lincoln’s Secretary of Treasury. nationaldaycalendar.com/n…
Rutherford B. Hayes didn't serve alcohol at White House events. Secretary of State Evarts quipped that at White House dinners, "water flowed like wine." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pre…
Today I learned about Carl Schurz, at first a soldier in the German revolution of '48, who busted out his friend from a prison in Berlin, fled on a boat to Edinburg, emigrated to the US, became a Union General in the Civil War, then US Senator, and later secretary of the interior. Mark Twain wrote his obituary. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
Robert Craig McNamara, the son of the former United States Secretary of Defense, Robert McNamara, is an organic walnut farmer, expert in soil and sustainable farming, and president of California's state Board of Food and Agriculture latimes.com/business/la-x…

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