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Here are 8 fun facts for President’s Day:
- Up and away. The aircraft that carries the president of the United States is known as Air Force One. The presidential fleet consists of two Boeing VC–25 airplanes, highly modified versions of the civilian Boeing 747-200B. When the president is aboard either plane, or on any other Air Force aircraft, that aircraft’s radio call signal is “Air Force One.”
- Partying a bit too heartily, perhaps. After Andrew Jackson was inaugurated as president, thousands of people followed him as he rode on horseback to the White House. They swarmed into the White House and eagerly consumed the cakes, ice cream, and orange punch that had been prepared for Jackson’s reception. The partiers stood on chairs, broke china, tore draperies, and even pushed the president aside. Jackson escaped through a window!
- Favoring the left? Presidents George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Gerald Ford, James Garfield, Herbert Hoover, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan, and Harry S. Truman were all left-handed.
- And the winner is… Four U.S. presidents have won the Nobel Peace Prize: Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, Jimmy Carter, and Barack Obama.
- Death on the nation’s birthday. Three presidents died on the Fourth of July: Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, on the very same day: July 4, 1826. James Monroe died five years later, on July 4, 1831.
- One way to create a following. John Tyler had the most children of any president: 15.
- Rebuilding a library. In 1815, the Library of Congress purchased the private library of Thomas Jefferson, to replace books that had been destroyed when the British burned the U.S. Capitol during the War of 1812 (1812-1815). Jefferson’s library had about 6,000 books.
- Not interested in tying the knot. James Buchanan was the only president who never married.
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