Category Archives: U.S. Presidents

President Carter stresses commitment to human rights 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 22 1977)


Video: 'President Jimmy Carter - University of Notre Dame Commencement'

(Sunday, May 22, 1977, 3:25 p.m. EDT) — In a commencement address delivered today at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, President Jimmy Carter reaffirmed his commitment to human rights as a cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy and disparaged the “inordinate fear of communism which once led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in that fear” (click here to watch an extended clip of the address). Continue reading President Carter stresses commitment to human rights 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 22 1977)

President Truman signs bill implementing doctrine to fight spread of communism 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 22 1947)


Video: 'American Experience Truman 2' (May 22, 1947, at 22:06)

(Thursday, May 22, 1947, 8:00 a.m. CDT; during the Cold War) — With a pledge that the United States will act, as well as talk, in support of the United Nations, U.S. President Harry S. Truman today signed the Greek-Turkish aid bill, providing $400 million in military and economic aid to Turkey and Greece and implementing the Truman Doctrine to fight the spread of communism. Continue reading President Truman signs bill implementing doctrine to fight spread of communism 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 22 1947)

Wilson signs Selective Service Act, denies Roosevelt’s request to command volunteer division 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 18 1917)

(Friday, May 18, 1917; during World War I) — U.S. President Woodrow Wilson today signed the Selective Service Act of 1917, which gave him the power to conscript men ages 21 to 30 and the option of calling up 500,000 volunteers. Continue reading Wilson signs Selective Service Act, denies Roosevelt’s request to command volunteer division 100 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 18 1917)

Robert F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan face off on TV 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 15 1967)


Video: 'CBS News: Town Meeting of the World, May 15, 1967'

(Monday, May 15, 1967, 10:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, a Democrat representing New York state, and California Governor Ronald Reagan, a Republican, faced each other on CBS-TV tonight and made clear their differing stands of issues concerning the war in Vietnam during a trans-Atlantic discussion between students of Europe, Asia, Africa and England. Continue reading Robert F. Kennedy, Ronald Reagan face off on TV 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 15 1967)

FDR and LBJ meet in Galveston, Texas 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1937)


Video: 'PBS LBJ Part 1' (1937 campaign at 5:38)

(Saturday, May 11, 1937, 9:10 a.m. CDT) — One month after Lyndon B. Johnson, 28, was elected to Congress, his political hero, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, stopped today in Galveston, Texas, on his return from a fishing trip and posed with the new lawmaker and Governor James Allred. Continue reading FDR and LBJ meet in Galveston, Texas 80 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 11 1937)

Panic of 1837 financial crisis begins 180 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 10 1837)


Video: 'Martin Van Buren & the Panic of 1837'

(Wednesday, May 10, 1837) — The Panic of 1837, a financial crisis in the United States that touched off a major recession that lasted until the mid-1840s, began today when banks in New York City suspended specie payments, meaning that they would no longer redeem commercial paper in specie at full face value. Continue reading Panic of 1837 financial crisis begins 180 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 10 1837)

Sex scandal forces Gary Hart out of Democratic presidential race this hour 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1987)


Video: 'Gary Hart campaign withdraw; Dan Rather, Geraldine Ferraro (May 8, 1987)'

(Friday, May 8, 1987, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. MDT) — Senator Gary Hart of Colorado, the front-runner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination, dropped out of the race today over allegations of an extramarital affair with Miami model Donna Rice and after the Washington Post threatened to run a story about a woman Hart had dated while separated from his wife. Continue reading Sex scandal forces Gary Hart out of Democratic presidential race this hour 30 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1987)

President Eisenhower welcomes South Vietnamese President Diem for state visit this hour 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1957)


Video: 'Vietnam a Television History Episode 2' (May 8, 1957, at 16:55)

(Wednesday, May 8, 1957, noon EDT; during the Vietnam War, part of the Cold War) — U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower personally received South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem today at the National Airport in Washington, D.C., as the South Vietnamese president arrived aboard Eisenhower’s plane, the Columbine III, a silver Constellation, on a state visit to the U.S. Continue reading President Eisenhower welcomes South Vietnamese President Diem for state visit this hour 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (May 8 1957)

Nixon tells Frost he ‘let the American people down’ 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 4 1977)


Video: 'David Frost extracts apology from Richard Nixon in famed interview'

(Wednesday, May 4, 1977, 7:30-9:00 p.m. EDT) — In the first of a four-part series of exclusive interviews by David Frost, former President Richard M. Nixon said tonight that he had “let the American people down” by lying, disregarding his constitutional oath and abetting the Watergate cover-up while in the White House (click here to watch an extended video from the interviews). Continue reading Nixon tells Frost he ‘let the American people down’ 40 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 4 1977)

2008 Republican presidential candidates hold first debate 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (May 3 2007)

(Thursday, May 3, 2007, 8:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. EDT) — Ten Republican presidential candidates held their first debate of the 2008 race tonight at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, criticizing the Bush administration’s management the Iraq War but insisting that U.S. troops should not be withdrawn (click here to watch the full debate).