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
President George W. Bush talking with AmeriCorps volunteers at Rookery Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Naples, Fla., April 22, 2004.
-from the George W. Bush Library
Happy Earth Day!
On New Year’s Day, 1970, President Nixon signed the National Environmental Policy Act in his office at La Casa Pacifica, The Western White House in San Clemente, CA.
--from the Nixon Library
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
April 19, 1995, President Clinton jogging with former Boston Marathon winners at Hains Point in Washington, DC.
-from the Clinton Library
George Bush holds George W. Bush in New Haven, CT. April, 1947.
-from the Bush Library