Trivia’s Facts and More (5/27)

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This informative post will be posted on Saturday along with my usual writing.  You are invited to participate with the opening question.

Brain Teaser Question

Do they have a 4th of July in England?

(answer found at the end of this post)

Featured Facts

William Henry Harrison served as America’s ninth President.  His nickname “Old Tippecanoe” came from his military career.

Here are some quick facts about President Harrison: 

  • Served the shortest term of office ever for a President (one month).
  • He was the grandfather of the nation’s 23rd President, Benjamin Harrison.
  • First elected President from the Whig Party.
  • His father, Benjamin Harrison, was a famous patriot during the American Revolutionary War.

In the Election of 1840, Harrison and his running mate, John Tyler, used a catchy campaign slogan:  “Tippecanoe and Tyler, too.”  Harrison intended to become a doctor and enrolled in medical school.  However, due to lack of funds he dropped out and entered the military.

Despite a wet, wintry day, Harrison delivered an outside, two-hour Inaugural Address.  This may have led to his death a month later from suspected pneumonia.

An interesting coincidence followed the death of Harrison, who was elected in 1840.  Every 20 years thereafter, the President elected would die in office.  The streak would continue until the Election of 1980 when Ronald Reagan narrowly escaped death after being shot.

Here are the Presidents who were elected in the 20-year intervals following 1840:

1860:  Abraham Lincoln, 1880:  James A. Garfield, 1900:  James McKinley, 1920:  Warren G. Harding, 1940:  Franklin D. Roosevelt, and 1960:  John F. Kennedy.

Answer to Brain Teaser Question


England may not celebrate the Fourth of July as a holiday, but they do have a 4th of July (July 4) on their calendar.

4 thoughts on “Trivia’s Facts and More (5/27)

  1. I laughed at the brain teaser and got it right. I read the other day that Abraham Lincoln’s son lived to see three Presidents shot. That is not something one wants to live through, but it is amazing that he did. It seems to be proof that violence was just as prevalent in earlier ages, just not touted on all of the internet and 24 hour news cycles.


  2. You couldn’t fool me with this one! Unless Britain made some sort of dramatic change to their calendar, of course they have a July 4.

    I’d never heard that about the twenty-year pattern of presidential deaths. Very interesting.


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