What did these famous Americans do for the United States?

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Who gave the speech "I have a dream"?

Martin Luther King Jr. was a pivotal leader of the American Civil Rights Movement. He was a Baptist minister.

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What two brothers were first in flight?

Orville and Wilbur Wright first flew in 1903 near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. They were born in Ohio and Indiana, respectively.

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Who (along with a few others) was known as the King of Rock and Roll?

Elvis Presley reigns as one of the most significant musicians of the 20th century. Bonus points if you know his first single was "Heartbreak Hotel."

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What president was assassinated in Ford's Theater?

Lincoln is credited with ending slavery. He was shot by John Wilkes Booth on April 14, 1865, and died the next day.

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Who was supposedly unable to tell a lie?

George Washington served as president from 1789 to 1797. Some said he chopped down a cherry tree, then was unable to lie about it. This story is presumably a myth.

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What American president led the nation during World War II?

Franklin D. Roosevelt was known as FDR. Bonus points if you know he was married to Eleanor.

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What American inventor flew a kite in a storm to attract lightning?

Franklin didn't actually stand in a storm hoping to be electrocuted. He made sure he was grounded to avoid electric shock.

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What inventor developed a communications code?

Samuel F.B. Morse invented Morse code. He is also credited with helping to invent the telegraph.

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Who wrote "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"?

Mark Twain's real name was Samuel Langhorne Clemens. His friends included scientists Nikola Tesla and Thomas Edison.

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What car maker was a proponent of the assembly line?

Henry Ford founded the Ford Motor Company. He is credited with lowering the cost of cars by mass producing them.

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What famous African-American gave a speech known as the "Atlanta Compromise"?

Washington was born a slave. He served as advisor to several U.S. presidents.

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Who wrote the phrase “All men are created equal"?

Thomas Jefferson was the third president of the U.S. He helped author the Declaration of Independence.

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Who was key in the spread of animated films?

One of Disney's first creations was Mickey Mouse. Disneyland opened its gates in 1955.

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What Italian-born physicist was instrumental in the development of the atomic bomb?

Born in Italy, Enrico Fermi became a U.S. citizen in 1944. He won a Nobel Prize in 1938.

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What newspaper giant popularized yellow journalism?

Yellow journalism is the practice of publishing sensationalist news stories. Today we call this clickbait.

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What famous architect believed that architecture should blend with its surroundings?

Frank Lloyd Wright never earned a college degree - he dropped out and became an apprentice. His work survives as some of the greatest architecture of all time.

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What U.S. president was "not a crook"?

Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th president. He resigned in 1974, as a result of the Watergate scandal.

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What Major League baseball player was nicknamed "The Bambino"?

Babe Ruth started as a lefty pitcher for the Boston Red Sox and also played for the New York Yankees. His career ran 22 seasons.

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What American physician published the most popular baby book of all time?

Benjamin Spock's "Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published in 1946. He was also an Olympic gold medalist.

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What jazz musician was nicknamed Satchmo?

Louis Armstrong played the trumpet. He was once married to Daisy Parker.

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What American businessman founded one of the world's largest retail store chains?

Walton is the founder of Walmart. He began his enterprise with $25,000.

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Which of the following showmen founded a circus?

Phineas Taylor Barnum founded the Barnum & Bailey Circus. His most famous quote - which he probably never said - was "There's a sucker born every minute."

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What American author wrote "Moby Dick"?

"Moby Dick" was published in 1851. The novel was not very popular at first.

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What American entrepreneur gave us mainstream photography?

George Eastman and the Eastman Kodak Company gave us film on a roll. He was a philanthropist who supported medicine and the arts.

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What computer whiz cofounded Microsoft?

Bill Gates studied pre-law at Harvard. He is listed as the richest man in the world.

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What financial giant shaped business and banking?

J.P. Morgan's full name was John Pierpont Morgan. His wealth made him influential in U.S. politics.

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Who was instrumental in ridding the world of polio?

Jonas Salk's vaccine was first offered in 1955. President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave Salk a special citation at the White House.

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What American physicist once failed a polytechnic school's entrance exam?

Albert Einstein was born in Germany in 1879. He became a U.S. citizen in 1940.

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What American writer was the first president of the National Organization for Women?

Betty Friedan attended both Smith College and the University of California, Berkeley. She is credited with helping to promote the second wave of feminism in the U.S.

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Who invented the cotton gin?

The cotton gin removes cotton seeds from the fibers. Whitney invented the cotton gin in 1793.

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Who is credited with bringing us the first telephone?

Bell was born in Scotland. He became a U.S. citizen in 1882.

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What journalism professor was the father of modern polling?

George Gallup developed the Gallup poll. He worked in advertising and journalism before polling.

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What president had a wife named Dolley?

James Madison was the fourth president of the United States. He is known as the Father of the Constitution.

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Who is credited with inventing the lightbulb?

Thomas Edison was born in Ohio in 1847. Edison held 1,093 U.S. patents.

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What cultural anthropologist wrote "Coming of Age in Samoa"?

Mead was controversial for her views on sex. She was posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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