1. When there was a Rosa Parks before Rosa Parks.
2. Or when a US general’s daughter rode 40 miles through the night to warn the colonies of a British invasion.
3. The time that new steroids were actually discovered by mistake.
4. The uplifting moment in an NYC bar when the LGBT community rallied together to fight for their civil rights.
5. When the world watched as two 19th-century female journalists raced around the world in 80 days.
6. The fact that shady business dealings in the water industry probably saved Los Angeles from a drought.
7. When a famous boxer opened the first desegregated entertainment establishment on the Vegas Strip.
8. Or the time when 70+ Native American communities united to expel Spanish colonists from their land.
9. The little-known fact that one of the most successful US marshals in history was a former slave.
10. When Katherine Wright did most of the work for her brother's plane designs — because she was the only one with a college degree.
11. And the fact that, somewhere in deep space, Voyager 1 is carrying a golden mixtape of Earth.
Facts and imagery from Comedy Central.