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In the 1780's, part of Wrentham, Massachusetts split off from Wrentham. As was common, the church was the cultural, social, religious and governmental center of the new town. But they had no bell in the church. There was no way to summon the local citizens for services, or for emergencies such as fire. So, they came up with a clever plan. They named their new town "Franklin", and wrote a letter to Benjamin Franklin asking him to donate a bell. However, Dr. Franklin was not so impressed. "Sense being preferable to sound," Dr. Franklin sent the good citizens a crate of books instead, and suggested they start a library. They did. It's still operating. It is the oldest public library in the United States.

History Quiz #47 During the Cuban Missile crisis, this man successfully persuaded JFK's administration not to bomb Cuba because it would appear to the rest of the world as Pearl Harbor, and he did not want President Kennedy to be the next "Hirohito"? Answer:

Robert Lincoln, the son of Abraham Lincoln, was waiting to board a crowded train when the train lurched forward and he fell between the platform and the body of the passenger car he was trying to board. But before harm came, he was seized by the collar and yanked to the platform. His rescuer was Edwin Booth the brother of the man that would soon kill President Lincoln.

History Quiz #48 Which First lady was accused of being insane and was actually committed after she left the White House by her own son? Answer:

You may think frisbees were invented in the 1960's, but the Children on the Oregon Trail threw frisbee-like devices over 100 years earlier. But they weren't made of plastic--they were made of buffalo dung. Buffalo dung was also used for campfires since the plains had little firewood and the dung made an excellent odorless fire.

History Quiz #49 This man who was to become President hanged a man while serving as sheriff. Answer:

Over 1200 people perished and all of the 800 buildings in the Peshtigo, Wisconsin burned to the ground in in 1871. Yet newspapers barely mentioned the event. The reason was, on that same exact day, the Great Chicago fire occurred. So, the deadliest forest fire in U.S. history went largely unnoticed.

History Quiz #50 What was Ulysses S. Grant's occupation when the War Between the States broke out? Answer:

When a shell landed near the porch of his house during the first major battle of the Civil War, Wilmer McLean decided he'd had enough. So to get out of harm's way, he moved to Appomattox, where in his home four years later, Lee surrendered to Grant. Thus, Mclean could truly say, the Civil War began and ended at his home.

History Quiz #51 Twenty-one people died and another 150 were injured in Boston, Mass. on Jan. 15, 1919 by this unusual flood. Answer:

The most devastating bombing of WWII was not Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It was the firebombing of Tokyo on March 9, 1945. Since most buildings were made of wood and paper, 1660 tons of incendiary bombs were used on one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Over 100,000 civilians died and 100,000 others injured.

History Quiz #52 Japan declared war on this country on Aug. 23, 1914 Answer:


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