Franklin D. Roosevelt

Aerial view of U.S. Capitol and crowd on the grounds of the east front of the U.S. Capitol, during the inauguration of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, March 4, 1933

Check out this amazing old photo of FDR's inauguration and then compare it to this one of Eisenhower and this of Obama. Source: dullshick
President Roosevelt at NIHvideo

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...

Watching the Oscars and thinking of "12 Years a Slave," we were wondering if and when a former slave visited the White House as...
The Mayflower Hotelvideo

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
George Dasch mug shot (1942)video

Most of you probably are not aware that Nazi saboteurs landed on our shores early during World War II. On June 12th, 1942, a...

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