Category Archives: U.S. Presidents

JFK, diagnosed with Addison’s disease, departs England 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 11 1947)


Video: 'American Experience The Kennedys 1' (Oct. 1947, at 51:38)

(Saturday, October 11, 1947) — U.S. Rep. John F. Kennedy, 30, cut short his seven-week European tour today and sailed for home from Southampton, England, after being diagnosed with Addison’s disease, a rare disorder of the adrenal glands, which regulate metabolism and the body’s response to stress and inflammation. Continue reading JFK, diagnosed with Addison’s disease, departs England 70 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 11 1947)

Outer Space Treaty enters into force 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 10 1967)


Video: 'The President: October 1967. MP889.' (Oct. 10, 1967, at 12:25)

(Tuesday, October 10, 1967, 11:25 a.m. EDT; during the Cold War) — The Outer Space Treaty, prohibiting the placing of weapons of mass destruction on the moon or elsewhere in space, took effect today at a ratification ceremony held at the East Room of the White House. Continue reading Outer Space Treaty enters into force 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 10 1967)

Johnson urges public to press for tax increase 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1967)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 10' (Oct. 6, 1967, at 16:58)

(Friday, October 6, 1967, 12:24 p.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — At the height of the Vietnam War and his war on poverty at home, President Lyndon Johnson asked today for public pressure to help him get a tax increase and challenged Congress to face that unpleasant task “reasonably, not politically.” Continue reading Johnson urges public to press for tax increase 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 6 1967)

Thurgood Marshall sworn-in as first African-American justice on U.S. Supreme Court 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 2 1967)


Video: '"Thurgood Marshall Nominated to Supreme Court" (Washington DC, 6/13/1967)'

(Monday, October 2, 1967, morning EDT; during the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–68))Thurgood Marshall was sworn in today by Chief Justice Earl Warren as the first black U.S. Supreme Court justice in the nation’s history. Continue reading Thurgood Marshall sworn-in as first African-American justice on U.S. Supreme Court 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Oct 2 1967)

U.S. Army troops escort ‘Little Rock Nine’ to school 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 25 1957)


Video: 'Eyes On The Prize - (Part 2) Fighting Back 1957–1962' (Sept. 25, 1957, at 18:36)

(Wednesday, September 25, 1957, 9:25 a.m. CDT; during the Little Rock Crisis, part of the African-American Civil Rights Movement (1954–1968)) — Nine black students who’d been forced to withdraw from Central High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, because of unruly white crowds were escorted to class this morning by members of the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division without serious disorder. Continue reading U.S. Army troops escort ‘Little Rock Nine’ to school 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 25 1957)

United States Constitution completed and signed 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 17 1787)


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(Monday, September 17, 1787) — The United States Constitution, the supreme law of the United States of America featuring the separation of powers doctrine, whereby the federal government is divided into three branches (legislative, executive and judicial), was completed and signed today by a majority of delegates (39) attending the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. Continue reading United States Constitution completed and signed 230 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 17 1787)

U.S. President William Howard Taft born in Cincinnati 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 15 1857)


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(Tuesday, September 15, 1857)William Howard Taft, the 27th President of the United States (1909-1913) and the tenth Chief Justice of the United States (1921–1930), was born today in Cincinnati, Ohio. Continue reading U.S. President William Howard Taft born in Cincinnati 160 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 15 1857)

Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr acquitted of misdemeanor charge 210 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 15 1807)


Video: 'United States v. Aaron Burr 1977 Judicial Conference of the United States'

(Tuesday, September 15, 1807) — Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr was acquitted of a misdemeanor charge today two weeks after he was found not guilty of treason. Continue reading Former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr acquitted of misdemeanor charge 210 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 15 1807)

Pete Seeger censored on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 10 1967)


Video: 'Pete Seeger - Wimoweh & Flowers Gone'

(Sunday, September 10, 1967, 9:00-10:00 p.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — The CBS television network censored tonight’s second season premiere of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour by editing out the performance of Pete Seeger’s antiwar song “Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”, taped Sept. 1, 1967, citing the closing verse as a direct insult at President Lyndon Johnson. Continue reading Pete Seeger censored on ‘The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Sep 10 1967)