Today is Presidents' Day in the US.
It is an annual holiday to honour US Presidents, especially two of the great historical figures, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.
A lot of people have a long weekend and, like me, want to get away form the city and into some of the beautiful National Parks.
Here is a link to the National & State Parks' explanation of what it is all about.
And a few fun facts:
- At his inauguration, George Washington only had one tooth. Contrary to popular belief, he never wore false wooden teeth. However, at various times he did wear dentures made of human teeth, animal teeth, ivory and lead.
- Thomas Jefferson and John Adams were the only two presidents to sign the Declaration of Independence. They also both died on the same day – July 4, 1826 – the 50th anniversary of the signing.
- James Madison was the first president to wear trousers, as opposed to knee length "breeches." At 5' 4", he was also the shortest president.
- Weather permitting, John Quincy Adams swam nude in the Potomac River every day.
- Before he was President, Andrew Jackson was wounded in a duel at the age of 39. The bullet remained lodged in his heart until the day he died.