Franklin D. Roosevelt

President Roosevelt at NIH

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UrVZblIYljo This is some great old footage of FDR dedicating the NIH back in 1940. Thanks to GoDCer Jeff for sending this in a while ago. It was originally posted on...

Watching the Oscars and thinking of "12 Years a Slave," we were wondering if and when a former slave visited the White House as a guest. I also suspect that this has happened more than once, so af...

The Mayflower Hotel

Source: Library of Congress The "Grande Dame of Washington" has seen so much history that it's difficult to do a post listing just three bit of trivia. Nevertheless, the building that has seen ...

letter from Castro to FDR

Wow, this one is cool. We dug it up on the National Archives' site. This is a letter from a young Fidel Castro, at the age of 14, who was a student at Colegio de Dolores school in Santiago, Cuba. ...

marriages-1936

For this last post, let us turn to the December 2, 1936 copy of the Washington Post. In this article, we observe a great tongue-in-cheek opening line (a nod to various failed multilateral trade initia...

legalize beer cartoon by Pat Enright

That's a pretty good attention grabbing headline from the Washington Post. And I think this is appropriate, given the current media focus on the White House's home brewed beer. There was even an o...

Pearl Harbor 1941

In Washington, late into the evening of December 6th, reporters worked their normal, likely frantic, hours and submitted their articles in time to be published the following morning. War had be...

Lou Gehrig, Joe Cronin, Bill Dickey, Joe DiMaggio, Charlie Gehringer, Jimmie Foxx, and Hank Greenberg - July 7th, 1937 (Library of Congress)video

This ... picture ... is ... awesome. This is why I love baseball. I could almost end the post with just this picture because it's just that amazing. The 1937 Major League Baseball All-Star G...

George Dasch mug shot (1942)

Most of you probably are not aware that Nazi saboteurs landed on our shores early during World War II. On June 12th, 1942, a Nazi submarine reached the coast of Long Island, landing four German sp...

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)video

Later this evening, the President will give his annual State of the Union address. On such an important day, it would be remiss of me not to share one of the greatest State of the Union speeches of al...

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