It is commonly claimed that the Wright brothers invented aircraft. However, it has also been claimed that Santos Dumont did. Who invented the first aircraft?

A few years ago, I visited the Wright Brothers National Monument in Kill Devil Hills, NC (near Kitty Hawk in the North Carolina Outer Banks; their experiments actually took place at Kill Devil Hills):National MemorialBefore my visit, I'd thought of the Wright brothers more or

Who were the best looking U.S. presidents?

I present to you: Rutherford B. Hayes

During the US Civil War, which state was considered to have the best troops?

Great question, i think the other answers are right, it was Virginia. The old dominion, and mother of presidents was the birthplace of no lesser men than George Washington and Thomas Jefferson, among others.Early in American history, it was by far the most powerful state:

Was America founded on Christian principles?

No. America was founded on ancient Socratic philosophies described in Plato's The Repbulic.

How true is the famous Roswell Incident video which shows the autopsy of a proclaimed Alien?

Haters and so-called skeptics claim that the figure in this grainy video is obviously a doll. However, isn't it true that this video might show government scientists operating on the tooth fairy? Don't you think that stories of alien abductions contain REMARKABLE similarities to stories of visits by the tooth fairy (well, without the part about the

What would happen if California seceded from the United States?

People often see California as a very prosperous state and compare the economies of countries to the potential GDP of California as a sovereign nation. The following is meant to be one potential outcome of California leaving the union. It

Why did the U.S. Civil War break out?

The Southern states, AKA the

What is the cause of dehumanization and how do you help humanize a person who has been dehumanized?

First of all, let's define the word 'dehumanization' to avoid confusion and misunderstandings. In my answer, the word will be defined as 'taking away human rights from another individual', where 'human rights' refers to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is because every

Why should the US remain a member of NATO?

To keep Trump-enabled Putin from threatening Europe.

Is there a reason why incumbent U.S. President cannot run for the 3rd term?

Yes. That reason is called the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.This says: 1) you can serve at most 2 full terms as president of the US and 2) if you serve at least two years of any term (because you were

Can the President of the United States carry a firearm?

As many others have noted, the President can carry a firearm. And, it wouldn't surprise me that many have, including the possibilities of Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, George Bush, and George W. Bush, and Donald Trump. And,

Who is the least known U.S. President of all time?

Pretty much the whole 1835-59 crew between Jackson and Lincoln which languishes in popular obscurity: Martin van Buren, Bill Harrison, John Tyler, Jimmy Polk, Zach Taylor, Millard Fillmore, Franklin Pierce, and Jim Buchanan. Polk was really the only noteworthy one of the bunch, and despite his astounding accomplishments and

History: Why is Canada not part of the U.S.?

Because we fought the American invasion in 1775, and then again in 1812 to 1815 and kicked the Americans out. The American invasion during the American War of Independence failed at Quebec City. In the War of 1812 the Americans were defeated at Detroit, Raisin River, Michlemackinac, Chateguay, Queenston Heights, Stoney Creek, Lundy's Lane, Fort Niagara, Cryslers Farm,

What was US culture like in WWII?

It was very patriotic, very much like all the other countries. People would hang American flags any and everywhere. If you were even slightly anti American, you were shunned from your community

Were any U.S. presidents alcoholics?

George Bush Jr wasn't a drinker while in office but freely admits to having a drinking problem in his younger days. He quit alcohol entirely at the age of 40 but before then he had a drinking problem and several run ins with the law caused by heavy drinking. It's entirely possible he was a functioning alcoholic.

Why didn't Japan invade Hawaii instead of attacking Pearl Harbor? Would it not have made more sense for Japan to occupy Hawaii in 1941 instead of just attempting to destroy the Navy docked there?

If the Japanese could have, they would have.Pearl Harbor was the main American base in the Pacific. It had the facilities to repair their damaged ships. It also stored most of the fleet's oil reserves. It had the deep harbor facilities that could accommodate

Was the U.S. invasion of Panama a success?

Sure, it was a success. The primary purpose was to nab Panama's strongman, Manuel Noriega, and then to install a working civilian government. Was it a complete success? If course not. But most Panamanians agree that it was a whole lot better than the Noriega regime that it ousted.

Who were the best looking U.S. presidents?

I present to you: Rutherford B. Hayes

Is it true the conservative party in the 19th century were Democrats and the liberal party was Republican?

Prior to the 20th century, the parties were very close knit. The Reps had Abe Lincoln to guide them who was a ‘people person.' The Dems were willing to compromise with the Reps and our country began fulfilling our Manifest Destiny. There were some legislator brawls and some actual duels, but all-in-all, things went on pretty good until

What are the darkest secrets of the U.S. presidency?

Let me offer some thoughts from the perspective of an incoming PresidentYou can screw more things up than improve. Often the best thing you can do is nothing. Presidents start out moving fast and slow down for a reason.Inertia is massive. The Constitutional system is designed to

Which U.S. presidents added the most gold to the U.S. gold reserves?

That would be Franklin D. Rosevelt, who by executive order in 1933 made gold ownership by individual Americans illegal and directed them to sell their gold to the US government at the prevailing exchange rate.This is what Wikipedia has to say about that event.Executive Order 6102 is a United

Who is Jimmy Carter?

Jimmy Carter was the President of the United States from 1977–1981. His administration is usually regarded as below average, considering the energy crisis, high unemployment, and high inflation was destroying the economy. Although these things were out of his control, he did little to actually eliminate these problems.

Has the United States ever lost a war?

Even though the United States has never lost any territory or surrendered to another country, yes. Starting from the beginning (going by Wikipedia's list of wars involving the USA) the Quasi-War was fought between the US and the French from 1798 to 1800. The US refused to pay

Why do the US states look the way they are?

There's a good book, "How the States Got Their Shapes", has a lot of good stories. The answer is... in every way imaginable. Usually involving political solutions. On the East Coast, the King of England was sometimes vague and contradictory in granting colonies, and eventually

Why did the U.S. Civil War break out?

The Southern states, AKA the

What do people outside of the U.S. think about the U.S. history?

I find the Civil War interesting, and read a couple of books on it.I like the

If you could change one thing in the history of the US, what would it be?

This is a hard question, actually. It's kind of like a

It's true that the United States of America is predominantly a Christian nation, but is the United States of America a legit Christian nation? If so, why or why not?

It's true that the United States of America is predominantly a Christian nation, but is the United States of America a legit Christian nation? If so, why or why not?The US is most definitely NOT a

Do any nations object to the United Nations being in the United States?

There's occasional grumbling from some quarters. Oddly, though, no one seems overly eager to foot the bill for an equivalent headquarters somewhere else. Sure, we may complain about how long the 2nd Avenue subway takes to be finished, but New York's infrastructure, communications, workforce, access to transportation, overall external security and so on and so

Why did the US push Iraq out of Kuwait?

The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait was a blatant land grab and set a bad precedent of allowing larger countries to expand to the detriment of smaller countries.  The first part of the operation (Operation Desert Shield) was to prevent the Iraqis from continuing to expand

WW2: Why were Japanese-Americans interned but not German-Americans?

It was a combination of paranoia and racism. My father was there on the ground on the West Coast before and during World War 2. My father  served in the United States military  for every day of World War 2  from the first

What is the history of U.S. state governments?

Its a rather large inquiry.1) There are 50 states, all with different histories and differing ideas of law and governance.    2) State government, for the 13 colonies, is much older than the federal government. 3) After the war

How many United States Presidents have been left-handed?

At least seven, including three of the last five:James GarfieldHerbert HooverHarry TrumanGerald FordRonald ReaganGeorge H.W. BushBill ClintonBarack ObamaHowever, Wikipedia notes that "The handedness of Presidents of the United States is difficult to establish with any certainty before recent decades. During the 18th and 19th centuries

What was the U.S.'s interest in the Invasion of Grenada?

The official reasons were to rescue the medical students from the dictator Hudson Austin, and the new military-capable airport at Point Salines. But keep in mind that, although it had been in tentative planning for some time, Reagan authorized Operation Urgent Fury on October 23,

Is the United States of America a failed state?

Calling it a failed state is kind of questionable.The US has certainly degraded into a totalitarian police state and is well on its way out of existence. In that sense the US is a dead state walking, and I guess you could say that it failed.On the other hand the US was also the first country in

If you could change one thing in the history of the US, what would it be?

This is a hard question, actually. It's kind of like a

Is Jimmy Carter moral?

The way that I look at it, which of the former presidents would I trust as a neighbor to borrow my lawn mowerThe lawn mower testLBJ would borrow my lawn mower and use it to start a fight with someone in a different state. He would also might mow his lawn in a

When were the slaves freed?

The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by Lincoln in 1863; however, the abolition of slavery was not widely effected in America until the 13th Amendment was finally ratified in December, 1865. In Britain, by contrast, Parliament passed the Slavery Abolition Act in 1833.

What would happen if California seceded from the United States?

People often see California as a very prosperous state and compare the economies of countries to the potential GDP of California as a sovereign nation. The following is meant to be one potential outcome of California leaving the union. It

How was the U.S. perceived before World War II?

Us was a close British ally before the great war. It condemned the Japans invasion of China of 1937, forming a bitter relationship with the Japaneses whose result you probably saw with the attack of pearl harbor. Relationship with the Russians were  tense and strained. Americans were particularly hostile towards

How many of the U.S. Founding Fathers were Christian?

We can get accurate if we wish:Founding FathersWe do have some lists to use to identify the Founding Fathers of the United States:Signers of the Continental Association (1774)Signers of the United States Declaration of Independence (1776)Signers of the Articles of Confederation 

How true is the famous Roswell Incident video which shows the autopsy of a proclaimed Alien?

Haters and so-called skeptics claim that the figure in this grainy video is obviously a doll. However, isn't it true that this video might show government scientists operating on the tooth fairy? Don't you think that stories of alien abductions contain REMARKABLE similarities to stories of visits by the tooth fairy (well, without the part about the

Is China's military expansion a threat to the U.S.?

LOL, eh, no. It's just the latest search for an enemy to justify the defense budget. If you were here in the 90's the rhetoric was a hundred times worse. In the 90's, you have the USSR suddenly imploded, so what to do with NATO

What did Nostradamus predict about the USA?

Nostradamus prophecy on 9/11 is all known.Here are some of the prophecy that he made on USA:1.Nostradamus foresighted the assassination of John F kennedy, The 35th president of The United States Of America:"The ancient task will be completed From on high, evil will fall on the great man A dead innocent will be accused of the deed The guilty