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January 29th
Presidential Trivia
January 29 is the birthday of William McKinley, the twenty-fifth U.S. president, who was born in 1843 in Niles, Ohio. If you ever have the good fortune to see a $500 bill, you’ll find him pictured on it. McKinley was the last veteran of the Civil War to serve as president. He also holds the unfortunate distinction of being one of four presidents to be assassinated. Who were the others? Read on.

Who was the first president born outside the thirteen original states?
Abraham Lincoln, in Kentucky

Who was the first president born west of the Mississippi?
Herbert Hoover, in Iowa

Who was the first president born in the twentieth century?
John F. Kennedy, 1917

Who was the tallest president?
Abraham Lincoln, 6’4”

Who was the shortest?
James Madison, 5’4”

Which presidents were father and son?
John Adams and John Quincy Adams; George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush

Which presidents were grandfather and grandson?
William Harrison and Benjamin Harrison

Which president never married?
James Buchanan

Which president was born on the Fourth of July?
Calvin Coolidge, 1872

Which presidents died on the Fourth of July?
Thomas Jefferson, 1826; John Adams, 1826; James Monroe, 1831

Which presidents were assassinated?
Abraham Lincoln, 1865; James Garfield, 1881; William McKinley, 1901; John F. Kennedy, 1963

Which survived assassination attempts?
Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry Truman, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan

Other than the four assassinated, which four presidents died in office?
William Harrison, 1841; Zachary Taylor, 1850; Warren Harding, 1923; Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1945

American History Parade
1843
William McKinley, the twenty-fifth U.S. president, is born in Niles, Ohio.

1861
Kansas becomes the thirty-fourth state.

1900
The American League is organized in Philadelphia with eight baseball teams.

1936
The first five inductees into baseball’s Hall of Fame, including Ty Cobb and Babe Ruth, are named in Cooperstown, New York.

1944
The USS Missouri, the Navy’s last battleship, is launched in New York City.
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