A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

November 12, 2009

Women’s rights advocate Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born on Nov. 12, 1815, in Johnstown, N.Y.
Source: Library of Congress

November 11, 2009

Designated as Veterans Day in 1954, Nov. 11 is the day Allied powers signed a cease-fire agreement with Germany in 1918, ending World War I.
Source: Library of Congress

November 10, 2009

The children’s show "Sesame Street" has won 97 Emmy Awards. That’s the most Emmys won by any television show.

Source: Sesame Workshop

November 9, 2009

The Berlin Wall’s Checkpoint C (Checkpoint Charlie), where Allied forces crossed into East Berlin from West Berlin, got its name from the NATO alphabet.
Source: Governing Mayor of Berlin (Berlin.de)

November 8, 2009

Illinois produced 496 million pounds of pumpkin in 2008, the most of any state in the U.S.

Source: Census Bureau

November 7, 2009

Ninety-three percent of U.S. households with residents considered their neighborhood to be safe, according to 2003 Census data.

Source: Census Bureau

November 6, 2009

Americans consumed 23.8 pounds of candy per capita in 2008.

Source: Census Bureau

November 5, 2009

The World Series began as a best-of-9 championship in 1903, but was changed to a best-of-7 in 1905. It reverted to a best-of-9 briefly, in 1919-1921.
Source: MLB.com

November 4, 2009

In a 2008 survey of teenagers on their cell phone use, 42 percent of respondents said they could text while blindfolded or without looking at the keypad.
Source: Harris Interactive

November 3, 2009

The first words stored on a hard drive were: "This has been a day of solid achievement." 
Source: Computerworld