President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps. The executive order created an opportunity for American civilians to volunteer and donate their time and skills to improving the lives of the people in underdeveloped countries.
President Grant signs the bill creating the nation’s first national park at Yellowstone.
The Star-Spangled Banner is officially recognized as the United States’ national anthem.
The U.S. Constitution takes effect. The first session of the U.S. Congress is held in New York City on this day.
Abraham Lincoln is sworn in as the 16th President of the United States
Woodrow Wilson becomes the 28th President of the United States.
Franklin D. Roosevelt is inaugurated today as the 32nd President of the United States. It was during his address that he gave one of his famous quotes, “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
President FDR signs Lend-Lease Program. The program was crucial in aiding the U.S. allies during the World War II. It would provide money, materials and military resources to the Great Britian.
President FDR gives his first “fireside” chat. A fireside refers to a radio broadcast of his address on radio straight from the White House. The program was launched as a way to comfort the people of the U.S. who at the time were facing the worst period during the Great Depression. It was called a fireside by a journalist as the broadcast made people feel like they were listening to the President sitting in his living room by a fireplace speaking earnestly to the people.
The body of President JFK is moved to its permanent gravesite more than three years after his death. The president was a World War II veteran so he qualified for a plot at Arlington National Cemetery. His gravesite is also home to an eternal flame, a tribute to the President by the first lady Jackie Kennedy.
President Lyndon B. Johnson calls for equal voting rights for all. President Johnson while addressing a joint session of Congress declared that “every American citizen must have an equal right to vote,” regardless of race or color.
Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States, is born today in a region between North and South Carolina. His image was first put on the United States’ $20 bill in 1928.
James Madison, whom many consider the “father of the U.S. Constitution,” is born today in Virginia. The 4th President of the United States was one of the drafters of the U.S. Constitution and also a recorder of the Constitutional Convention.
Grover Cleveland, the 22nd and 24th President of the United States, is born today in New Jersey. He was the only U.S. President to serve two non-consecutive terms.
The Equal Rights Amendment is passed by the U.S. Senate and sent to the states for ratification. The amendment reads, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State on account of sex.”
The Affordable Care Act, or commonly known as “Obamacare,” is signed into law today by President Barack Obama.
USS Sequoia becomes presidential yacht. The boat was previously used as an occasional venue for recreation for U.S. presidents. It was commissioned as the presidential yacht on this day in 1933.
Thomas Jefferson is elected to the Continental Congress. This Virginia delegate would later become the 3rd President of the United States.
President Eisenhower dies. The 34th president of the United States died in Washington DC at the age of 78.
President Herbert Hoover installed the first presidential telephone line in the Oval Office at the White House.
The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution went into effect, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race.
The 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution goes into effect, guaranteeing the right to vote for all U.S. citizens regardless of race.
An assassination attempt was made on President Ronald Reagan. He was shot in the chest by John Hinckley, Jr, a deranged person who was later placed in a mental institution after he was found not guilty by reason of insanity.