The United States of America
is a federal republic
of 50 states
, a capital district
, and a few other territories. It resides mostly in central North America
. The U.S. has three land borders, two with Canada
and one with Mexico
, and is otherwise bounded by the Pacific Ocean
, the Bering Sea
, the Arctic Ocean
and the Atlantic Ocean
. Of the 50 states, only Alaska
are not contiguous with any other state. The U.S. also has a collection of districts, territories, and possessions
around the world. Each state has a high level of local autonomy according to the system of federalism. The United States traces its national origin to the declaration
by 13 British
colonies in 1776
that they were free and independent states. They were recognized as such by the Treaty of Paris
in 1783. Since then, the nation has grown to become a global superpower
and exerts a high level of economic, political, military, and cultural influence.
The F-4 Phantom II
is an American two-seat, twin-engined supersonic
long-range all-weather fighter-bomber
originally developed for the U.S. Navy
by McDonnell Aircraft
. The Phantom remained in production from 1958 to 1981, with a total of 5,195 built, and was used by the U.S. military from 1960 to 1996, serving with the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps
, and U.S. Air Force
. It was used extensively by all three U.S. services operating in Vietnam
, ending the war as the principal air superiority fighter for both the Navy and Air Force, as well as being important in the ground-attack and reconnaissance roles. The Phantom continued to form a major part of U.S. military air power throughout the 1970s and 80s, being gradually replaced by more modern aircraft such as the F-15 Eagle
and F-16 Fighting Falcon
in the U.S. Air Force and the F-14 Tomcat
and F/A-18 Hornet
in the U.S. Navy. It remained in service in the reconnaissance and Wild Weasel
roles in the 1991 Gulf War
. The Phantom was also operated by the armed forces of 11 other nations. Israeli
Phantoms saw extensive combat in numerous Arab–Israeli conflicts
, while Iran
used its large fleet of Phantoms in the Iran–Iraq War
. Phantoms remain in front line service with seven countries, and in use as an unmanned target in the U.S. Air Force.
Selected culture biography
(born February 17, 1963) is a retired American professional basketball
player. Widely considered one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he became one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was instrumental in popularizing the NBA (National Basketball Association
) around the world in the 1980s and 1990s. Jordan joined the NBA's Chicago Bulls
in 1984 and quickly emerged as one of the stars of the league. His leaping ability, illustrated by performing slam dunks
from the foul line
at Slam Dunk Contests
, earned him the nicknames "Air Jordan" and "His Airness". Jordan's individual accolades and accomplishments include five NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player
) awards, ten All-NBA
First Team designations, nine All-Defensive
First Team honors, fourteen NBA All-Star Game
appearances and three All-Star MVPs, ten scoring titles, three steals
titles, six NBA Finals MVP awards
, and the 1988 NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award
. He holds the NBA record for highest career regular season scoring average with 30.1 points per game, as well as averaging a record 33.4 points per game in the playoffs. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN
, and was second to Babe Ruth
on the Associated Press
's list of athletes of the century.
A photograph of American poet, essayist and journalist Walt Whitman, taken in 1887. Whitman, often called the father of free verse, is considered one of the most important poets in American canon.
- ... that Glacier Bay (pictured) in Alaska, US, known in the 18th century as the Grand Pacific Glacier, was a single glacier that has now retreated by 65 miles to the head of the bay at Tarr Inlet?
- ... that the American Delta blues pianist and singer, Willie Love, never employed his musician friend, Sonny Boy Williamson II, on any of his own recordings?
- ... that the Alexandria Zoological Park in Alexandria, Louisiana, US, started mostly with discarded pets when it opened in 1926?
Selected society biography
(I-68) is a 112.6-mile (181.2 km) Interstate highway
in the U.S. states
of West Virginia
, connecting Interstate 79
to Interstate 70
is also Corridor E
of the Appalachian Development Highway System
. From 1965 until the freeway's construction was completed in 1991, it was designated as U.S. Route 48 (US 48). In Maryland, the highway is known as the National Freeway', an homage to the historic National Road
, which I-68
parallels between Keysers Ridge
. The freeway mainly spans rural areas, and crosses numerous mountain ridges along its route. A road cut constructed for it through Sideling Hill
exposed geological features of the mountain and has become a tourist attraction.
There have been several major planned road projects that would affect the freeway's corridor, including a plan to extend I-68 to Moundsville, West Virginia (which, due to major funding issues, is unlikely to be completed As of 2010 ) and the plan to construct the Mon-Fayette Expressway, a toll highway which, when completed, will meet I-68 east of Morgantown.
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