Story by Benjamin Greenwood

Many of you might have heard of Antonin Scalia in the news recently. Who was he? Why was he so important? Antonin Scalia was a member of the Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States before he unexpectedly died on February 13. He had suffered from heart trouble and high blood pressure and passed away at the age of 79 of natural causes. We wanted to help you get to know justice Scalia a little better, so here are six interesting facts that you might not have known about Scalia.

Number one: Scalia was born on March 11, 1936, in Trenton, New Jersey, according to Oyez.

Number two: In 1953, he was enrolled at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. He graduated valedictorian with a bachelor’s degree in history in 1957. He then studied law at Harvard law school, according to Scalia’s biography.

Number three: Before Scalia was appointed to be an associate justice, he was a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. He served in office from 1982 until he was appointed associate justice in 1986, according to Oyez.

Number four: President Ronald Reagan appointed Justice Scalia to the supreme court in 1986. He replaced William Renquist, according to The Associated Press.

Number five: He was only one of two members, William Renquist being the other member, serving as a justice that have died in the past 60 years, according to Scalia’s biography.

Number six: Justice Scalia was known to be the funniest of the judges. Court recorders make notations about comments, questions or other remarks in the official court records. They also make notes of laughter, and Justice Scalia is connected to 77 instances of laughter in the supreme courts, according to US News.

We hope you enjoyed getting to know this former associate justice. If you have any other facts about Scalia or something you’d like us to investigate, comment below.