And speaking of quirks in American history that get forgotten or swept under the rug, if you've not already seen Sarah Vowell's appearance on The Daily Show last week in which she explains the history of "Evacuation Day" -- which was once a huge American holiday and now, thanks to "Abraham Fucking Lincoln" is almost entirely forgotten -- you should check it out.
I attempted to embed the video, but either blogger does not support the type of embedding Comedy Central makes possible or I am just too clueless to figure out how to get it to work. But you can see the thing by clicking here. (You'll have to sit through a ten second ad for a video game; sorry.)
Go, learn, enjoy.