U.S. Presidential History: October

October 5


President Harry Truman made the first-ever televised presidential address from the White House.

October 9


The Washington Monument, one of the most recognizable landmarks in the U.S. capital, officially opened to the public.

October 11


William Jefferson Clinton, known as Bill Clinton married Hillary Rodham in Little Rock, Arkansas. Bill and Hillary met while both were studying law at Yale University; both also worked on George McGovern’s 1972 presidential campaign.

President Jimmy Carter won the Nobel Peace Prize “for his decades of effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.”

October 13


The cornerstone was laid for a presidential residence in the newly designated capital city of Washington. In 1800, President John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive mansion, which soon became known as the “White House”.

October 16


Abraham Lincoln delivered a speech regarding the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Lincoln convinced lawmakers in two new territories to reject slavery and support anti-slavery candidates in that state.

October 28


President Grover Cleveland dedicated the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. It had been a gift from French citizens to America in recognition of the two countries’ commitment to liberty and democracy and their alliance during the American Revolutionary War.