THE SO-CALLED “Shot Heard Round the World” was in fact heard only as far as Westminster, but apparently that was sufficient.

The British army had superior weapons, tactics, numbers, supplies, and commanding officers, but the Colonials knew Jiu Jitsu.

George Washington lost every single battle of his career, but Lord Cornwallis surrendered anyway because he had an irrational fear of dentures.

John Hancock’s signature was already considerable when he signed the Declaration of Independence, and by the end of his career it occupied three separate wagons whenever he traveled.

No one was bold enough to tell George III that the American war had ended badly, and as late as 1798 he sent a royal governor to Boston, much to the amusement of the laconic New Englanders.