Category Archives: U.S. Presidents

JFK Jr., wife, sister-in-law killed in plane crash 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 16 1999)


Video: 'JFK JR.'S PLANE IS MISSING (LIVE TELEVISION NEWS COVERAGE FROM JULY 17, 1999)' (11:15 a.m. EDT-5:15 p.m. EDT)

(Friday, July 16, 1999, approximately 9:41 p.m. EDT; during the John F. Kennedy Jr. plane crash) — 38-year-old John F. Kennedy Jr., the son of former U.S. President John F. Kennedy, his 33-year-old wife, Carolyn, and her 34-year-old sister, Lauren Bessette, died tonight when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean off the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard. Continue reading JFK Jr., wife, sister-in-law killed in plane crash 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 16 1999)

Apollo 11 blasts off in first attempt to land humans on Moon 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 16 1969)


Video: 'Apollo 11 Launch CBS News Coverage' (launch at 1:32:00)

(Wednesday, July 16, 1969, 9:32 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time/13:32:00 Coordinated Universal Time)Apollo 11, carrying astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins, blasted off as scheduled from Cape Kennedy today in man’s first attempt to walk on another world — the Moon. Continue reading Apollo 11 blasts off in first attempt to land humans on Moon 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 16 1969)

U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers ‘malaise’ speech 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 15 1979)


Video: 'Jimmy Carter's Crisis of Confidence Speech, July 15th, 1979'

(Sunday, July 15, 1979, 10:00 p.m. EDT) — U.S. President Jimmy Carter, conceding failings in his own leadership and assailing a “crisis of confidence” among Americans, proposed tonight a six-point package of energy proposals intended to save 4.5 million barrels of oil a day by 1990. Continue reading U.S. President Jimmy Carter delivers ‘malaise’ speech 40 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jul 15 1979)

U.S. Vice President William A. Wheeler born 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 30 1819)


Video: 'William A. Wheeler | Wikipedia audio article'

(Wednesday, June 30, 1819)William A. Wheeler, the 19th Vice President of the United States, who served from 1877 to 1881 during the administration of President Rutherford B. Hayes, was born today in Malone, New York. Continue reading U.S. Vice President William A. Wheeler born 200 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 30 1819)

Treaty of Versailles is signed, formally ending World War I 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 28 1919)


Video: 'The Treaty of Versailles' (June 28, 1919, at 52:32)

(Saturday, June 28, 1919, 3:12 p.m. Western European Summer Time) — The Treaty of Versailles was signed today in France, formally ending the state of war between Germany and the Allied Powers known at the time as the Great War (and later as World War I). Continue reading Treaty of Versailles is signed, formally ending World War I 100 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 28 1919)

Warren E. Burger sworn in as 15th U.S. Chief Justice 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 23 1969)


Video: 'SYND 22-05-69 JUDGE WARREN BERGER RECEIVES RICHARD NIXON'S NOMINATION FOR CHIEF JUSTICE'

(Monday, June 23, 10:42 a.m. EDT)Warren E. Burger was sworn in today as the 15th Chief Justice of the United States in a ceremony that included a tribute from President Richard Nixon to retiring Chief Justice Earl Warren. Continue reading Warren E. Burger sworn in as 15th U.S. Chief Justice 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 23 1969)

Carter and Brezhnev sign SALT II nuclear arms treaty 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 18 1979)


Video: 'Jimmy Carter SALT II Treaty signing June 18 1979 archival footage'

(Monday, June 18, 1979, 1:00 p.m. CEST; during the Cold War) — U.S. President Jimmy Carter and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev signed the SALT II strategic arms limitation treaty today in Vienna. Continue reading Carter and Brezhnev sign SALT II nuclear arms treaty 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 18 1979)

Former U.S. President James K. Polk dies 170 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 15 1849)


Video: '#11 James K Polk'

(Friday, June 15, 1849, a few minutes before 5:00 p.m. local time)James K. Polk, the 11th President of the United States (1845-1849) and 13th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1835-1839), died this evening in Nashville, only 103 days after leaving office. Continue reading Former U.S. President James K. Polk dies 170 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 15 1849)

FDR welcomes Britain’s King George and Queen Elizabeth to Washington 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 8 1939)


Video: 'King George VI And Queen Elizabeth In Washington (1939)'

(Thursday, June 8, 1939, 11:00 a.m. EDT) — With war clouds looming on the European continent, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife, Eleanor, welcomed Britain’s King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, today at Union Station in Washington, D.C. Continue reading FDR welcomes Britain’s King George and Queen Elizabeth to Washington 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 8 1939)

907 Jewish refugees from Germany aboard MS St. Louis off Florida coast denied U.S. entry 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1939)


Video: 'The Doomed Voyage of the St Louis Documentary'

(Sunday, June 4, 1939) — “Sailing so close to Florida that they could see the lights of Miami,” 907 passengers aboard MS St. Louis, most of them Jewish refugees seeking asylum from Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany, arrived off the American coast today, only to be denied entry into the United States. Continue reading 907 Jewish refugees from Germany aboard MS St. Louis off Florida coast denied U.S. entry 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jun 4 1939)