The modern necktie stemmed from “La Cravate,” created by Croatian mercenaries during the 17th century. It has influenced American fashion to this day.
Stephen Hawking’s amazing achievements helped teach people all over the world about the cosmos. The Oxford-born professor, author, and theoretical physicist passed away in March of 2018.
France gifted the Statue of Liberty to the United States in 1886. The sculpture has inspired millions of immigrants ever since, as it was the first thing they saw as they approached Ellis Island.
Dr. Domingo Liotta was born in Argentina from two Italian immigrants and created the first completely artificial human heart to be transplanted successfully.
Australian radio-astronomer Dr. John O'Sullivan, along with a team of inventors, are credited with inventing Wi-Fi technology.
Bossa nova music originated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and has influenced some of the greatest musicians of our generation, including Quincy Jones and Herbie Mann.
Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz is a Costa Rican-American physicist, engineer, and former Nasa astronaut who holds the world record for making the most Space Shuttle missions.
The LEGO Group is owned by a Danish family in Billund, Denmark. The company has opened 134 retail stores, with the majority located in the United States.
Eye makeup originated in Ancient Egypt in the form of grepond eye paint and black kohl. Since then it’s evolved into a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States.
Albert Einstein immigrated to the United States in 1933 and became a US citizen in 1940. He published over 300 scientific papers and won a Nobel Prize in Physics.
The turning point in the Cold War occurred when President Ronald Reagan traveled to Iceland for the Reykjavik Summit, where he met with then-General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.
The 13th century Sufi theologian and poet Jalal al-Din Mohammad Rumi has long been one of the best-selling poets in America.
In the late 1970s, the Sony Walkman, devised by Japan’s Masaru Ibuka, allowed music to be enjoyed anywhere on the go.
Mexican-Americans make up a large portion of the US population, comprising more than 11% of the country’s residents.
In 1786 Morocco became the first country to recognize the United States’ independence by signing the Treaty of Marrakesh.
Fela Anikulapo Kuti created Afrobeat music, which consists of a multitude of borrowed genres from Nigeria. Since then Afrobeat has influenced a myriad of American musicians, including Stevie Wonder and Common.
The Panama Canal plays a crucial role in the shipping of commercial products between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Since opening in 1914, over 815,000 ships have traveled through the canal.
Peru is the largest producer of silver in South America. It is used to make everything from coins and silverware to jet engines, batteries, and solar panels.
Jan Szczepanik was a Polish inventor who patented hundreds of creations over his lifetime, including the wireless telegraph and the telectroscope.
Portuguese immigrants were the first to bring small, guitar-like instruments to Hawaii. Since then, they have evolved into the ukulele found in America today.
Sergey Brin is a Russian-American immigrant, entrepreneur, and computer scientist who co-founded Google, which shapes the way our world learns and communicates.
Saudi Arabian inventor Muhannad Abu Diah has done much to help disabled people around the world. Among his achievements, he created gloves that convert sign language into sound.
The origin of rap music ties back to Senegal, where traditional storytellers, referred to as “griots,” told tales through singing, writing, and live music.
Serbian-American Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin was awarded many patents over his lifetime as a physicist and physical chemist. He was also one of the founders of NASA.
Spanish surrealist Salvador Dalí befriended Walt Disney in 1945 when the pair began collaborating on Destino, an inspiring film that blended art and animation.
In 1994, IKEA became the first major company to air a national TV campaign featuring a gay couple. The spot premiered in New York, Philadelphia, and Washington, DC.
The first Friendship and Trade Agreement was created between Tunisia and the United States in 1799, jumpstarting over 200 years of trading.
Special thanks for all the hard work designing, writing, and support from: Grant Wenzlau, Sofia Zabala, Clint Thodos, Eun Hee Kwon, Blake Cadwell, Katie Burger, Sway Benns,
Aly Comingore, Rob Longert, Josh Rosenberg.