A Project of The Annenberg Public Policy Center

June 13, 2009

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum cost $168 million to build, including both building and exhibits. Land was donated by the U.S. government, but the museum was funded by more than 200,000 private donations.
Source: U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum

June 12, 2009

Nine out of 10 visitors to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum are not Jewish.
Source: Holocaust Memorial Museum

June 11, 2009

Nearly 30 million persons have visited the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum since it was dedicated in 1993.
Source: Holocaust Museum

June 10, 2009

Initially, the Supreme Court chambers were in the Merchants Exchange Building in New York.
Source: Supreme Court

June 9, 2009

Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas had the longest tenure on the court, serving for a little more than 36 years. He retired in 1975, at the age of 77.
Source: Supreme Court Historical Society

June 8, 2009

Construction began on the Supreme Court building when Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes laid the cornerstone on October 13, 1932.
Source: Supreme Court

June 7, 2009

The term of the Supreme Court begins on the first Monday of October and lasts until the first Monday of the following October. 
Source: Supreme Court

June 6, 2009

John Jay was the first chief justice of the United States Supreme Court, serving from 1789 until 1795. He retired from the court in order to become the governor of New York.
Source: Columbia University

June 5, 2009

The Supreme Court’s caseload has sharply increased in recent decades.  Whereas in 1945, there were only 1,460 cases on the docket, today that number is more than 10,000 per term.
Source: Supreme Court

June 4, 2009

The term of the Supreme Court begins on the first Monday of October and lasts until the preceding day the next year.
Source: Supreme Court