FDR broadcasts first fireside chat

03/12/2017 0

On this day in 1933, President Franklin D. Roosevelt holds the first of his radio-broadcast fireside chats. FDR used the informal radio addresses to explain his policies to the American public. In an era before […]

Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066

02/19/2017 0

Ten weeks after the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs Executive Order 9066, authorizing the removal of any or all people from military areas “as deemed necessary or desirable.” The military […]

FDR escapes assassination in Miami

02/15/2017 0

On this day in 1933, a deranged, unemployed brick layer named Giuseppe Zangara shouts Too many people are starving! and fires a gun at America’s president-elect, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Roosevelt had just delivered a speech […]

Churchill and Roosevelt discuss war and peace

12/22/2016 0

On this day, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill arrives in Washington, D.C. for a series of meetings with President Franklin Delano Roosevelt on a unified Anglo-American war strategy and a future peace. Now that the […]

FDR establishes modern Thanksgiving holiday

11/26/2016 0

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs a bill officially establishing the fourth Thursday in November as Thanksgiving Day.The tradition of celebrating the holiday on Thursday dates back to the early history of the Plymouth and Massachusetts […]

FDR nominated for unprecedented third term

07/18/2016 0

On this day in 1940, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who first took office in 1933 as America’s 32nd president, is nominated for an unprecedentedthird term. Roosevelt, a Democrat, would eventually be elected to a record four […]