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A fact from Newton Cannon appeared on Wikipedia's Main Page in the Did you know? column on 5 June 2011 (check views). The text of the entry was as follows: "Did you know
... that Tennessee governor Newton Cannon's animosity toward fellow Tennessean Andrew Jackson, who was U.S. president during his governorship, may have started with gambling losses at Jackson's racetrack?"
A Newton Cannon is a theoretical cannon that can fire at such a velocity that it would send its projectile into orbit.
If this isnt a hoax (That IS an odd name!), there is at least one article ('Orbit') which links here referencing the theoretical cannon. Saktoth (talk) 14:05, 13 January 2009 (UTC)
Newton cannon is definitely a real person. He was Governor of Tennessee from Oct 12, 1835 - Oct 14, 1839, check out this link from the National Governors Association: . I agree it is an unusual name.--Fraulein451 (talk) 15:56, 19 September 2012 (UTC)