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  1. Most of the big US Airlines have shifted major maintenance work on their aircraft to places like El Salvador, Mexico, and China, where few mechanics are FAA certified and inspections "have no teeth"

  2. In 2007, the Israeli Ambassador to El Salvador was recalled after being found outside the Israeli Embassy drunk, hands tied, and wearing only bondage gear. The police only discovered his identity after removing the ball gag from his mouth.

  3. Oscar Romero, the Bishop of El Salvador, spoke out against poverty, social injustice, assassinations, and torture in his country. He was murdered by unidentified gunmen while celebrating Mass. He was later declared a saint by Pope Francis.

  4. Honduras favorite sport is soccer. In 1969 an armed conflict broke out called the 'soccer War" after a game between Honduras and El Salvador.

  5. Remittances (money sent back home) from the US make up 17% of the GDP of El Salvador.

  6. The Correlates of War project, which defines war as a conflict in which there are 1,000 battlefield deaths. This means the Falklands War, with 907 deaths, does not qualify as a war, while the 100-hour-long “Soccer War” between El Salvador and Honduras, with about 2,000 fatalities, does.

  7. Mexico deports more Central Americans than the US, the vast majority from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

  8. The US dollar is the official currency of East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, Federated States of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, Palau and the Caribbean Netherlands

  9. The C-47 Skytrain, famously used to drop paratroopers into Normandy during WWII, is Still in service is Colombia, El Salvador, and South Africa.

  10. A super-volcano eruption in El Salvador in 500s halted the Mayan empire for 30 years because ash lingered in atmosphere for 18 months and led to cold years and drought and it disputes older theories of Mayan decline of civilization and deforestation.

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In 1983, the deadliest place in the world to be a police officer was N.Ireland, with a risk factor twice as high as El Salvador.

There a brief war between Honduras and El Salvador because of a soccer match between the two nations

Sombra Negra are death squad groups based in El Salvador, allegedly composed mostly of police and military personnel, that target criminals and gang members for vigilante justice.

El Salvador celebrates June 22, Teachers" Day, as a national holiday.

A 100-hour war between Honduras and El Salvador was ignited by a soccer match.

The christian evangelical relief organization Samaritan's Purse made earthquake victims in El Salvador sit through a half-hour prayer meeting before offering any assistance.

In 1969 El Salvador and Honduras had a brief war with each other after tension arose in a 1970 FIFA World Cup qualifier. This war became later known as the "Soccer War".

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua were all one country when they first declared independence from the Spanish Empire. The Federal Republic of Central America existed from 1821 to 1841 before being disestablished.

The "Football War" of July 1969 was the last conflict involving solely piston-powered fighter planes dog-fighting. Both El Salvador and Honduras used WWII era aircraft of US origin which weren't retired until 1975 and 1979 respectively.

The United States ranks #49 out of 180 countries on the 2015 World Press Freedom Index. Lower than countries as Niger, Burkina Faso or El Salvador, but well before Italy and Japan

The people of El Salvador overthrew an authoritarian dictator through a general strike led by students.

A single diplomat from El Salvador, Jose Castellanos Contreras, issued false Salvadoran passports to (and therefore saved the lives of) at least 13,000 Jews during World War II

Remittances—money sent to a country by those living outside it—are vital to Latin America's economy. 10-16% of El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala's GDPs are from remittances (~90% from people working in the US), and provided $22 billion (98% from the US) to Mexico's economy in 2013.

El Salvador’s legislative assembly has adopted a dog that lives in the national legislative building

In 1969, El Salvador waged war on Honduras after they lost against them in a soccer match.

The Football War between Honduras and El Salvador - it lasted 100 hours (4 days) and started after riots took place during a football (soccer) match between the two nations

The United States dollar is the only official currency in East Timor, Ecuador and El Salvador.

El Salvador was the first country in the world to completely ban metal mining.

There is something called a "Global Peace Index" (GPI), and the US ranks lower than Rwanda but just barely above El Salvador.

For over 30 years, members of the U.S. military and the CIA helped organize, train, and fund death squad activity in El Salvador.

The last aerial combat of piston engine propeller warplanes was between Corsairs and Mustangs in the 1969 "Soccer War" between Honduras and El Salvador

3 weeks after the 1970 World Cup qualifying match between Honduras and El Salvador, a war sparked between the two countries which is nicknamed as the "Football War". The actual war lasted for 4 days (~100 hours) which is why it is sometimes called as the "100 Hour War".

El Salvador once tried to persuade the United States for statehood in 1823

The Football War, aka Soccer War or 100 Hour War, a brief war fought between El Salvador and Honduras in 1969, was the last conflict in which piston-engined fighters fought each other.

In 1969, El Salvador waged war on Honduras after it lost against it in a soccer match