Famous Lasts #2 - The United States

Guess these American people, places, and things that came last.
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Last updated: September 30, 2021
First submittedJune 8, 2018
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State to join the U.S.
1959
Hawaii
Federal holiday added to the calendar
2021
Juneteenth
Party to win the Presidency (besides Republicans and Democrats)
1853
Whig
Three words of the Pledge of Allegiance
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Justice for all
U.S. State - alphabetically
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Wyoming
Baseball player to hit .400 for an entire season
1941
Ted Williams
U.S. President to wear a powdered wig
1825
James Monroe
Battle of George Custer
1876
Battle of the Little Bighorn
Female driver to win an IndyCar race
2008
Danica Patrick
President to die in office
1963
John F. Kennedy
Space shuttle to be flown
2011
Atlantis
Inhabited territory acquired by the U.S.
1947
Northern Mariana Islands
Silent movie to win an Oscar for Best Picture
2012
The Artist
NBA player to wear "short" shorts
2003
John Stockton
Act to perform at Woodstock
1969
Jimi Hendrix
Monopoly broken up by the U.S. government
1982
AT&T
Major battle of the War of 1812
1815
Battle of New Orleans
American man to win Wimbledon
2000
Pete Sampras
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Level 72
Jun 10, 2018
I think the Battle of New Orleans took place, technically, after the war was over.
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Level 63
Jun 13, 2018
Not really. The Treaty of Ghent was signed in December 1814 and approved by the British shortly afterward. However, the treaty wasn't in effect until both sides approved it. The Battle of New Orleans ended in January 1815, and the Americans ratified the treaty about a month later.
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Level 47
Nov 24, 2018
...and had the British won, it's unlikely they would have continued to offer the treaty.
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Level 39
Aug 27, 2022
If it wasn't for the bacon and the beans, US might not have won.
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Level 85
Jun 12, 2018
Last state to join the U.S. question is also on the first quiz of this series
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Level 71
Jun 17, 2018
That quiz used to be the last quiz of this series, now this quiz is the last quiz of the last quiz series.
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Level 75
Jun 26, 2018
Mal: That post used to be the last post of this last quiz of the last quiz series topic, now this post is the last post of the last quiz of the last quiz series post. Until....
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Level 67
Nov 24, 2018
Who's on first?
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Level 87
Nov 24, 2018
What?
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Level 83
Oct 1, 2021
No, What's on second.
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Level 39
Aug 27, 2022
I don't know...
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Level 76
Jun 12, 2018
Love the short shorts question...my mind immediately went to naming all of the white point guards that I could. Finally got it after 4 tries.
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Level 58
Aug 5, 2018
Is there a reason I have to type the full name for the "last player to hit .400" question?
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Level ∞
Aug 6, 2018
Williams would have worked
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Level 83
Nov 24, 2018
Maybe he just tried "Ted"
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Level 83
Nov 24, 2018
I got the right answer, but didn't the government force Microsoft to spin off a few other companies in the 90s or early 2000s?
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Level 64
Nov 24, 2018
I think the US government just forced Microsoft to allow other browsers to work right in Windows, and have Windows work right if someone removed IE. I believe there was threat of breakup and Microsoft relented.
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Level 45
Nov 26, 2018
Quite tricky for this European (4/18) :P but interestingly so, I’m always up for hearing about a bit more history :)
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Level 65
Jul 11, 2021
Needs to be updated because Juneteenth is now a federal holiday
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Level 65
Sep 29, 2021
And Martin Luther King Jr day began in 1983 not 86
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Level ∞
Sep 30, 2021
Updated for Juneteenth.
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2021
Not that I'm against celebrating the end of Slavery... but this still seems weird to me. Juneteenth should maybe be a holiday in Texas. Not nationally. Plus it's got a really dumb name. Did they not know that there are 7 days in June that end in "teenth?" I feel like we could have come up with something better at the national level. Though, maybe not, since presumably we'd have some of the same geniuses who came up with Freedom Fries working on it.
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Level 83
Sep 30, 2021
I think the "short shorts" question may be obsolete, since (as is typical of fashions) this seems to have gone full circle. Googling "NBA 'short shorts'" gets lots of hits to current (2021) players.
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Level 63
Oct 2, 2021
Trooper Duffy made me write Alamo
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Level 67
Oct 12, 2021
Is indigenous people's day the newest holiday?
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Level 67
Dec 26, 2021
There's certainly momentum behind making it a federal holiday, but, as of right now, Congress hasn't passed an act recognizing it as such, and, ipso facto, the President hasn't signed into law.

A number of cities and states have independently chosen to celebrate it either in lieu of or replacing Columbus Day, but those are individual observations rather than a federal holiday.

Biden made a proclamation that a certain date in October 2021 would be celebrated as Indigenous People's Day. I bet he does the same through the remainder of his term. A proclamation, though, isn't the same thing as an official act of Congress.

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Level 82
Jan 8, 2022
We already have the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples. SInce there are no official federal holidays in August, I'd like to see that one take root.
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Level 59
Dec 23, 2021
Technically the last Party other than the Democratic or Republican Parties to win a Presidential Election was the ‘Union Party,’ in 1864. While it was in reality kind of a gimmick - the Republican Party was simply rebranding itself under Republican President Abraham Lincoln in an attempt to show that both Parties were united in successfully concluding the Civil War - they DID put a southern Democrat, Andrew Johnson, on the ticket instead of leaving Republican VP Hannibal Hamlin on the ticket.

This was extremely unfortunate because Lincoln was assassinated only 6 weeks into his 2nd term and the US was left with the awful Andrew Johnson, one of the worst presidents in history, for nearly 4-full years.

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Level 73
Dec 23, 2021
I agree with the comment about the National Union Party above, and furthermore, even if you reject that response, the date of "last party win the presidency" besides Democrats/Republicans should be 1848 when Taylor was elected, not 1853.
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Level 54
Dec 23, 2021
Can you accept Cable / Network for AT&T?
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2021
AT&T had a monopoly on phone service.
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Level 39
Dec 24, 2021
John Adams was a Federalist.
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Level 83
Dec 27, 2021
and also president long before Millard Fillmore. What are you saying?