Author Archive for Richard Lederer

Ten fascinating facts about historic American Presidents

Ten fascinating facts about historic American Presidents

1. What two presidents died on the same day? Our second and third presidents–the only two presidential signers of the Declaration of Independence–John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, political rivals, then friends, both died on July 4, 1826, exactly fifty years after the Declaration became official.

Remembering the great Charles Dickens on his bicentennial

Remembering the great Charles Dickens on his bicentennial

Two centuries ago — on Feb. 7, 1812 — Charles John Huffam Dickens entered the earthly stage. Born into an impoverished family, his father having served a term in debtor’s prison, Charles, worked as a child slave in a London blacking factory.The rags-to-riches life of Charles Dickens’s was more remarkable than any of his stories. […]