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Tag: Franklin D. Roosevelt

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President Roosevelt at NIH

Rare Footage of FDR Dedicating the NIH

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 an NIH blog, Circulating Now, and below is an excerpt from the post. On October 31, 1940, just days before President Franklin Delano Roosevelt would […]

Ex-Slave Visits With FDR at White House

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 after digging in The Washington Post, we were able to uncover a great story about a former slave who […]

The Mayflower Hotel

Three Stories From the Mayflower Hotel in D.C.

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 guests like Queen Elizabeth, Winston Churchill, John Wayne and Barbara Streisand, is highly deserving of a little attention. 1. FDR and “Nothing […]

letter from Castro to FDR

Teenage Fidel Castro’s Letter to Franklin D. Roosevelt

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. What’s even crazier is that the guy is STILL ALIVE! Source: U.S. National Archives

marriages-1936

Franklin Roosevelt: No Marrying Foreign Aliens

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 initiatives, notably the 1933 London World Economic Conference): “The State Department last night refused to make a reciprocal trade agreement with […]

legalize beer cartoon by Pat Enright

Charge of ‘Beer Orgy’ Angers White House

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 official response by the White House regarding the current beer recipe as well as a Wikipedia page. This one was published on […]

Pearl Harbor 1941

The Morning of Pearl Harbor

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 been raging in Europe now for two years, but it was still very distant for Americans and those living in Washington. It was the thing […]

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

We Want Beer! The 1937 All-Star Game at Griffith Stadium

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 Game was held in Washington at Griffith Stadium. The Senators were between mediocre and lousy by then, but this was reason […]

Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)

FDR’s 1941 State of the Union: Four Freedoms Speech

This is one of the greatest State of the Union speeches of all time … the one given, twelve presidents ago, by Franklin D. Roosevelt on January 6th, 1941. If you want the full text of the speech, go here.

Roosevelt Inauguration 1945

President Franklin Roosevelt’s Fourth Inauguration (1945)

Here is video (partly in color) of FDR being inaugurated for the fourth time. This being the fourth time is impressive enough, but also, this happened on the South Portico of the White House due to ongoing privations due to the Second World War. It was a rather muted event compared to all other inaugurations. […]

1945 Film Footage of President Roosevelt’s Funeral

April 12th, 1945 was a sad day for our nation. Our president, who had led us through the depths of the Depression and was a force for good during World War II, died at 3:35 pm. He had just been inaugurated for a record fourth term and was guiding our country through the closing months […]

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