Our Presidential Throwback Thursday features a very small Harry S. Truman!
Truman was born on May 8, 1884, in Missouri. Truman’s early life was plagued with accidents, poor eyesight, and a nearly paralyzing disease. However, Truman grew up surrounded by loving, strong-willed, and doting parents, grandparents, and other relatives, including his grandfather, Solomon Young.
Truman had one younger brother, Vivian. Vivian had long curls that his mother refused to cut. The long curls bothered his grandfather Solomon so much that one day he had Harry help him haul Vivian—highchair and all—out onto the south porch where he quickly gave Vivian a short haircut.
A few days later, Harry decided to experiment with his own hair and comb it a different way. He pulled a big chair up close to a mirror in order to see the back of his head. He kept leaning in the chair until he fell over backwards, breaking his collarbone—his first, but not his last, broken bone.
Learn more about Truman’s childhood from the Truman Library.
Happy Earth Week!
In 1976 President Ford issued this proclamation recognizing April 22 through 28 as Earth Week, urging “each American to devote one day during this week to a significant activity which improves our environment.”
The proclamation text was also sent out as a White House press release, which you can view at http://www.fordlibrarymuseum.gov/library/document/0248/whpr19760420-005.pdf
-from the Ford Library
Shirley Temple — Born on This Day
In addition to the many roles Shirley Temple Black played during her film career she held two during the Ford administration: Ambassador to Ghana, 1974-1976, and Chief of Protocol, 1976-1977.
Here she shakes hands with President Ford after being sworn in as the first female Chief of Protocol on July 20, 1976.
-from the Ford Library
Shirley Temple Black
April 23, 1928 - February 10, 2014
Margaret Truman married E. Clifton Daniel, Jr. on this day in 1956.
Here’s the receipt from The Cake Box in Kansas City, MO. In 1956, Margaret’s wedding cake and accompanying cocktail bread came to about $56.00. In today’s dollars, her cake would be nearly $450.00.
-from the Truman Library
Who’s on your All-Time All-Star baseball team? Listen in on a President’s picks!
During a June 22, 1972 press conference, journalist Clifford Evans asked President Richard Nixon to name his favorite baseball players. President Nixon quickly listed a few key players, but Evans pressed him, “Mr. President, as the nation’s number-one baseball fan, would you be willing to name your all-time baseball team?” Asking for time to prepare a thoughtful response, President Nixon created lists of his choices for All-Time All-Star baseball teams, which were distributed via the Associated Press on June 30.
On June 30, Evans returned to the White House to interview President Nixon in the White House for RKO General Broadcasting. This meeting was captured by recording devices in the Oval Office.
In this conversation segment, President Nixon explains the process, methodology, and rationale for building his all-star teams.
-from the Nixon Library