A dog is a man’s best friend, but what about a man’s mayor? The town of Sunol, California elected a dog for mayor in 1981.
The dog’s name was Bosco, a very kind black lab mix, and ran for the position against two humans. However, the position was only honorary due to the township being unincorporated. Bow Wow!
A Man Went to Trial for Giving the Elderly Twinkies
Oddly enough, a politician in Minneapolis got himself in quite the predicament after serving Twinkies during a campaign even in 1985. He was running for City Council and was holding an event, especially for the elderly. Along with various other snacks, the man served Twinkies at the event, which apparently was a major faux-pas.
He had to go to trial for the snack serving scandal and though he wasn’t found guilty of anything, a new law was passed under campaign finance law banning Twinkies from campaign events in Minnesota.
Karl Marx Was Once Employed by the New York Tribune
Known for his philosophies on economics, not many know that Karl Marx used to write for the New York Tribune.
He wrote for the paper in the 1850s, around the same time more and more debates surrounding slavery were gaining National attention.
Mary Todd Lincoln’s Direct Descendent Designed the California Flag
Political fame and talent may run in the Lincoln family. Mary Todd Lincoln’s nephew designed the California flag and even modeled the grizzly bear, named Monarch, after a real bear that a newspaper reporter had caught in 1899.
Thanks to Lincoln’s nephew, now that bear is memorialized forever!
Only 18 Pilots Were on the First U.S. Air Force Team
At the beginning of WWI, the Air Force was very new and as you might imagine, very small. In fact, only 18 pilots were enlisted at the start of the war and only 10 planes were available for use.
There are quite a few more planes around today—over 5,000!