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  1. Ben Franklin was a slaveowner for much of his life, but after a friend took him to visit a school for black children. He wrote that African ignorance was not inherently natural but come from lack of education, slavery and negative environments. And petitioning Congress to end slavery.

  2. When 13-year-old Ryan White got AIDS from a blood donor in 1984, he was banned from returning to school by a petition signed by 117 parents. An auction was held to keep him out, a newspaper supporting him got death threats, and his family left town when a gun was fired through their window.

  3. In 2016 thousands of people signed an online petition demanding that retired pornographic industry actress Mia Khalifa be named the ambassador to Saudi Arabia under the new American government

  4. Theodore Roosevelt Jr was the oldest man in the D-Day invasion at 56. Initially denied to attend D-Day, Ted petitioned as he personally knew the men of these units and believed his presence would steady them. Despite arthritis and a heart condition, he stormed the beach with a cane and survived.

  5. In 1985, Ryan White was refused re-entry to his school due to him having AIDS. 117 Parents and 50 teachers petitioned for his ban. People even cancelled their subscriptions as White was the paperboy and they believed they would be infected via newsprint.

  6. George Washington's mother was alive to see George Washington win the revolutionary war and see him become the nation's first president. She was consistently dissatisfied with her son and even petitioned Virginia for a pension because of claimed neglect.She was also rumored to be a loyalist.

  7. Larry Flynt has sent a monthly copy of Hustler to every congressional office since 1983, and members of Congress can't stop receiving the magazines—because a court agreed that it was within Flynt's right to petition the government under the First Amendment.

  8. Over 50k Australians signed a petition to change the name of their currency to "Dollarydoos"

  9. Disney has its own Gorvernment. The company petitioned the Florida State Legislature to let them govern its own land. In 1967, the statutes were signed and the Reedy Creek Improvement District was born. Disney have almost total autonomy within its border.

  10. A death row inmate in Tennessee discovered there were untested fingerprints that had been found at the original crime scene. In a last-ditch effort to prove his innocence, he successfully petitioned a judge to have the tests run. They were found to be his own fingerprints.

Data charts about Petitions

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Breakdown of the two opposing brexit petitions by UK constituency

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Public Outrage Doesn't Matter: some of the most popular petitions on the Internet and whether their causes succeeded

What are some fun facts about petitions?

Albert Einstein was among 5,000 plus individuals who signed a petition to overturn Germany's ban on Homosexuality

The world's first pro-LGBT organization was found in 1897 in current Germany; they sought to repeal a law that criminalized sex between males and amongst the people that signed their petition was Albert Einstein

Over 133,000 people signed a petition stating they would prefer a different artist to headline instead of Kanye West at the Glastonbury Music Festival 2015

In 1971, a woman petitioned a Judge for permission to sterilize her "somewhat retarded" daughter. Without a hearing, evidence, or representation for the daughter, the judge granted permission. The daughter later tried to sue the judge, but the Supreme Court voted 5-3 to grant the judge immunity.

In 1985, Ryan White was refused re-entry to his school due to him having AIDS. 117 Parents and 50 teachers petitioned for his ban. People even cancelled their subscriptions as White was the paperboy and they believed they would be infected via newsprint.

During the Battle of the Nile in 1798, the French naval officer Du Petit Thouars, having lost both legs and an arm, continued to command from a bucket filled with wheat, until he died.

Pickpockets in Paris successfully take advantage of Americans' eagerness to sign petitions by using young girls to distract them with environmental petitions

A proposal and petition on the White House's website to build a Death Star that earned 30K signatures. It would have cost $850 quadrillion, and take 833,000 years. The White House said, "the Administration does not support blowing up planets"

In 2011, tens of thousands of Detroiters petitioned to prevent Nickelback from playing at the NFL Thanksgiving Day football game halftime show

Until 1961 all YMCAS required swimmers to swim naked and the rule only changed because parents petitioned a school board to allow boys to wear swim trunks to swim practice.

A single Chilean Flamingo named "Pink Floyd" escaped a Utah aviary and lived a solitary life at the Great Salt Lake for 18 years, eating brine shrimp and socializing with gulls and swans. Locals unsuccessfully petitioned to have other flamingos released in the area to keep Floyd company. - fact check

Massachusetts guaranteed access to all public schools to every child in 1845, after a group of black whalers from Nantucket, accustomed to the relative equality they had on whaling ships, began a boycott and petition campaign.

‘SUX’ remains the identifier for the airport in Sioux City, Iowa, although petitions to change it were filed in ‘98 and ‘02. The city was dissatisfied with the alternatives offered by the FAA, one of which was ‘GAY’

Above 70 Manhattan Project scientists signed a petition(Szilard Petition) to President Truman to beg that the bomb should not be used on a civilian population in Japan.

In 1974, a man named Phillipe Petit illegally walked across the Twin Towers on a tightrope. Upon being arrested by the police, Petit was required to give a free aerial show for children in Central Park, and was granted permanent access to the tower's observation deck.

Sioux City, Iowa's airport has the three-letter designator SUX. When the airport petitioned to the FAA for a different code, one of the alternatives offered was GAY.

Thousands of Aussies have gotten behind a petition to change the Australian currency to "dollarydoos."

70 scientists who worked in the Manhattan project signed a petition pleading for president Truman to delay using atomic weapons on Japan before considering an observed demonstration of its power, but it never made it to Truman before the bombings

In 2016, with the support of her mother, a U.K. teenage girl with terminal cancer successfully petitioned London's High Court for the right to be cryogenically frozen. The girl died with the knowledge that she would be frozen, and her body was sent to the U.S. for long-term cryogenic storage.

During WWII, Major Hajime Fuji, a training instructor, presented his petition to serve as a kamikaze pilot written in blood; his wife drowned herself and their children so that he should have no conflicting ties.

Philippe Petit, then a 24 year old French high-wire artist, illegally high-wire walked between the Twin Towers 8 times over 45 minutes in 1974. Charges were dropped after he performed for kids in Central Park. - fact check

In 1980 a 10 year-old became the youngest librarian in the US after petitioning his mayor for a local library. Starting with 2,000 books he collected himself, his library climbed to 17k books by 1985 after his story was featured across the country including The Tonight Show and Reading Rainbow.

In 1674, the Women's Petition Against Coffee was filed on the grounds that coffee made men impotent, gossipy & 'Frenchified'.

Anna Jarvis, founder of Mother's Day holiday, later became unhappy with its commercialization and began organizing a petition to rescind Mother's Day. She was placed in a sanitarium, and people connected with the floral and greeting card industries paid the bills to keep her there.

In 1999 a resident successfully petitioned to have the area code 321 assigned to Brevard County, FL on the basis that it is the home of Kennedy Space Center.

Petitions infographics

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Visualisation of countries of signatures on the British petition site to revoke article 50 (excludes UK)

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Signature count by country for the UK Article 50 Revocation petition (log scale)