A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

August 3, 2009

President James Polk died four months after leaving office, at the age of 53. His wife lived for another 42 years.
Source: AmericanPresidents.com

July 31, 2009

President Eisenhower named the presidential retreat Camp David after his grandson. President Franklin Roosevelt previously had called it the “USS Shangri La.”
Source: WhiteHouse.gov

July 30, 2009

Air Force One, the call sign of any Air Force aircraft in which the president flies, is in practice used to refer to one of two Boeing 747-200B series aircraft, which have been customized. 
Source: WhiteHouse.gov

July 29, 2009

The president’s aircraft, Air Force One, has a doctor on board at all times and has a medical suite that can function as an operating room.
Source: WhiteHouse.gov

July 28, 2009

Residential property burglaries accounted for 67.9 percent of all burglary offenses in 2007 in the U.S.
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program

July 27, 2009

There were an estimated 2,179,140 burglaries in the United States in 2007.
Source: FBI Uniform Crime Reporting Program

July 26, 2009

Under the Fair Labor Standards Act, the minimum wage was originally 25 cents per hour on Oct. 24, 1938.
Source: Department of Labor

July 25, 2009

As of July 24, the federal minimum wage in the United States is $7.25 per hour.
Source: Department of Labor

July 24, 2009

On today’s date in 1897, aviator Amelia Earhart was born in Atchison, Kansas.
Source: Amelia Earhart Birthplace Museum

July 23, 2009

There are about 10,000 bird species in the world.
Source: National Geographic