Category Archives: U.S. Presidents

Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams dies 170 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 23 1848)


Video: 'John Quincy Adams - Mini Biography'

(Wednesday, February 23, 1848, 7:20 p.m. local time)John Quincy Adams, the 6th President of the United States (1825-1829), the 8th United States Secretary of State (1817-1825) and a member of the U.S. House of Representatives (since 1831), died today in the Speaker’s Room inside the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., two days after suffering a massive cerebral hemorrhage in the House chamber. Continue reading Former U.S. President John Quincy Adams dies 170 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 23 1848)

Joseph Kennedy departs for new post in England 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 23 1938)


Video: 'American Experience The Kennedys 1' (Kennedy departs at 26:36)

(Wednesday, February 23, 1938) — Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., the new United States Ambassador to Great Britain, sailed for his post today from New York Harbor aboard the 24,189-ton luxury liner SS Manhattan. Continue reading Joseph Kennedy departs for new post in England 80 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 23 1938)

George Wallace to run as third-party presidential candidate 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 8 1968)


Video: 'George Wallace discusses running on a third party ticket 1968'

(Thursday, February 8, 1968; during the African-American civil rights movement (1954–1968); during the Vietnam War, part of the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — Former Democratic Governor George Wallace of Alabama, a staunch racial segregationist, announced today in Washington that he would run for the presidency as a candidate of the American Independent Party and “run to win.” Continue reading George Wallace to run as third-party presidential candidate 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 8 1968)

Former VP Nixon opens second bid for presidency 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1968)


Video: 'A Time to Begin - Nixon in New Hampshire 1968'

(Friday, February 2, 1968, afternoon EST; during the Republican Party presidential primaries, 1968) — Former Vice President Richard Nixon, displaying the confidence of a fighter on a familiar battleground, opened his campaign in the New Hampshire Republican presidential primary today with a news conference in Manchester. Continue reading Former VP Nixon opens second bid for presidency 50 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1968)

LBJ declares Tet Offensive ‘a complete failure’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1968)


Video: 'Our World Winter 1968 Part 1' (Feb. 2, 1968, at 8:57)

(Friday, February 2, 1968, 12:05 p.m. EST; during the Tet Offensive, part of the Vietnam War, the Indochina Wars and the Cold War) — U.S. President Lyndon Johnson said today that the Vietcong suffered “a complete failure” militarily throughout South Vietnam this week and he expressed confidence that as the facts became known the enemy would gain nothing psychologically either. Continue reading LBJ declares Tet Offensive ‘a complete failure’ 50 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1968)

Truman seeks to desegregate Armed Forces 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1948)


Video: 'American Experience Truman 2 of 3' (Feb. 2, 1948, at 39:49)

(Monday, February 2, 1948) — President Harry S. Truman sent a special message to Congress today on civil rights, announcing the he had “instructed the secretary of defense to take steps to have the remaining instances of discrimination in the armed services eliminated as rapidly as possible.” Continue reading Truman seeks to desegregate Armed Forces 70 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1948)

President Bush urges resolve on economy, Iraq 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 28 2008)


Video: '2008 State Of The Union - President George W. Bush'

(Monday, January 28, 2008, 9:09 p.m. EST) — U.S. President George W. Bush, in his seventh and final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress, urged the nation tonight to preserve against gnawing fears of recession and stay patient with the long, grinding war in Iraq. Continue reading President Bush urges resolve on economy, Iraq 10 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 28 2008)

Hillary Clinton blames ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ for Lewinsky scandal 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 27 1998)


Video: 'Flashback: January 27'

(Tuesday, January 27, 1998, at 7:05 a.m. EST; during the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal) — Delivering a blistering White House counterattack, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton charged today that the Whitewater prosecutor’s sex-scandal investigation of her husband was part of a “vast right-wing conspiracy” dedicated to destroying his presidency (click here to watch the full interview). Continue reading Hillary Clinton blames ‘vast right-wing conspiracy’ for Lewinsky scandal 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 27 1998)

‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 26 1998)


Video: 'President Bill Clinton - Response to Lewinsky Allegations'

(Monday, January 26, 1998, at 10:37-10:44 a.m. EST; during the Clinton–Lewinsky scandal) — With eyes narrowed and one index finger stabbing the air, U.S. President Bill Clinton angrily denied today that he had had sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern whose tape-recorded accounts of an affair with him now threaten his presidency. Continue reading ‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’ 20 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 26 1998)

Reagan vows to pursue agenda to end of term 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 25 1988)


Video: 'State of the Union: President Reagan's State of the Union Speech - 1/25/88'

(Monday, January 25, 1988, 9:07 p.m. EST) — In his seventh (and final) State of the Union Message, U.S. President Ronald Reagan said tonight he would remain a vigorous, aggressive President “right to the finish line” of his administration a year from now and urged Congress to show America “that democracy works, even in an election year.” Continue reading Reagan vows to pursue agenda to end of term 30 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 25 1988)