Category Archives: U.S. Presidents

‘Great White Fleet’ sets sail 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1907)


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(Monday, December 16, 1907, 10:00 a.m. local time) — President Theodore Roosevelt was on hand today at Hampton Roads, Virginia, when 16 U.S. Navy battleships with 14,000 sailors and marines, which came to be known as the Great White Fleet, set sail today on a 14-month, 43,000-mile round-the-world voyage to demonstrate American sea power. Continue reading ‘Great White Fleet’ sets sail 110 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 16 1907)

Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 signed into law 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 15 1967)


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(Friday, December 15, 1967, 1:32 p.m. EST) — The Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, a labor law that forbids employment discrimination against anyone at least 40 years of age in the United States, was signed into law today by President Lyndon B. Johnson. Continue reading Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967 signed into law 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 15 1967)

Gary Hart resumes campaign for White House 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 15 1987)

(Tuesday, December 15, 1987; during the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries) — Declaring “let the people decide,” former Senator Gary Hart of Colorado announced his candidacy for the Democratic nomination for the presidency for the second time today, having dropped out of the race in May 1987 following news reports that he had spent a weekend with Donna Rice, a 29-year-old actress and model (click here to watch the video).

Kyoto Protocol adopted to combat climate change 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1997)


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(Thursday, December 11, 1997, at approximately 1:00 p.m. JST) — The Kyoto Protocol, an international treaty that commits State Parties to reduce greenhouse gas emissions based on the scientific consensus that global warming is occurring and it is extremely likely that human-made CO2 emissions have predominantly caused it, was approved today by more than 150 countries at a global warming conference in Kyoto, Japan. Continue reading Kyoto Protocol adopted to combat climate change 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 11 1997)

Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 10 1817)


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(Wednesday, December 10, 1817) — President James Monroe today signed a congressional resolution that admitted the western portion of Mississippi Territory as the State of Mississippi, located in the Southern United States, with part of its southern border formed by the Gulf of Mexico and its western border formed by the Mississippi River, as the 20th state of the Union. Continue reading Mississippi admitted as 20th state of the Union 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 10 1817)

First daughter Lynda Bird Johnson weds in White House 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 9 1967)


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(Saturday, December 9, 1967, 4:00 p.m. EST) — In a rare wedding ceremony held in the White House, Lynda Bird Johnson, 23, the elder of the two daughters of U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson and First Lady Lady Bird Johnson, married U.S. Marine Corps Captain (and future Virginia Governor) Charles S. Robb, 28, today in a private ceremony in the East Room. Continue reading First daughter Lynda Bird Johnson weds in White House 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 9 1967)

FDR selects Joseph P. Kennedy as envoy to Britain 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 8 1937)


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(Wednesday, December 8, 1937, evening EST) — At a time of rising tensions in Europe, President Franklin D. Roosevelt has decided to appoint Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Chairman of the Maritime Commission, as United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom, taking up his post there the following March, The New York Times reported tonight. Continue reading FDR selects Joseph P. Kennedy as envoy to Britain 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 8 1937)

Reagan, Gorbachev sign missile treaty 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 8 1987)


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(Tuesday, December 8, 1987, 1:45 p.m. EST; during the Washington Summit, part of the Cold War) — With fervent calls for a new era of peaceful understanding, U.S. President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty), the first treaty reducing the size of their nations’ nuclear arsenals, today at the White House. Continue reading Reagan, Gorbachev sign missile treaty 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 8 1987)

Pearson claims JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ book was ghostwritten by aide 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1957)


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(Saturday, December 7, 1957, 10:00-10:30 p.m. EST) — Journalist Drew Pearson claimed Senator John F. Kennedy’s Pulitzer Prize winning book Profiles in Courage was “ghostwritten for him” by Kennedy speechwriter Ted Sorensen during a live interview on tonight‘s The Mike Wallace Interview program on ABC-TV (click here to watch the interview, the Kennedy reference begins at 12:25). Continue reading Pearson claims JFK’s ‘Profiles in Courage’ book was ghostwritten by aide 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 7 1957)

Everglades National Park dedicated by President Truman 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1947)


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(Saturday, December 6, 1947, 2:30 p.m. EST)Everglades National Park, a U.S. National Park in Florida that protects the southern 20 percent of the original Everglades, was dedicated by President Harry S. Truman today in Everglades City. Continue reading Everglades National Park dedicated by President Truman 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Dec 6 1947)