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Jul 17

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July 17, 1940: Eleanor Roosevelt Addresses the Democratic National Convention on Behalf of FDR
On this day in 1940, Eleanor Roosevelt addressed delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on behalf of her husband, making her the first candidate’s spouse ever to do so.  After her husband gained the nomination for an unprecedented third term, he asked Eleanor to ease the delegates’ concerns over his choice of controversial vice presidential candidate, Henry Wallace. In her speech, she called for unified action during a time of war.
Eleanor remained a Democratic Party figure after her husband’s death and was the first former First Lady to address national political conventions (1948, 1956 and 1960).
Learn more about all the Roosevelts with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.
Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 17, 1940: Eleanor Roosevelt Addresses the Democratic National Convention on Behalf of FDR

On this day in 1940, Eleanor Roosevelt addressed delegates at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago on behalf of her husband, making her the first candidate’s spouse ever to do so.  After her husband gained the nomination for an unprecedented third term, he asked Eleanor to ease the delegates’ concerns over his choice of controversial vice presidential candidate, Henry Wallace. In her speech, she called for unified action during a time of war.

Eleanor remained a Democratic Party figure after her husband’s death and was the first former First Lady to address national political conventions (1948, 1956 and 1960).

Learn more about all the Roosevelts with preview videos from Ken Burns’s The Roosevelts.

Photo: Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division

Jul 16

Smells Like Potsdam
On this day in 1945, President Truman arrived in Potsdam for conferences with Allied leaders. After a particularly trying day of negotiations, President Truman went into the bathroom in his suite. He came out with this bottle of German 4711 cologne.  
He said to one of the members of his security detail, “Is some Russian trying to make a stinker out of me with this German stuff?” This member of his security detail “souvenired” this bottle after the conference, and years later donated it to the Library.
-from the Truman Library and Museum 

Smells Like Potsdam

On this day in 1945, President Truman arrived in Potsdam for conferences with Allied leaders. After a particularly trying day of negotiations, President Truman went into the bathroom in his suite. He came out with this bottle of German 4711 cologne.  

He said to one of the members of his security detail, “Is some Russian trying to make a stinker out of me with this German stuff?” This member of his security detail “souvenired” this bottle after the conference, and years later donated it to the Library.

-from the Truman Library and Museum 

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Jul 15

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On July 15, 1971, Richard Nixon announced to the nation that he had accepted the PRC’s invitation for him visit China.
President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972 ended twenty-five years of isolation between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He viewed his trip as the first step in a long process of contact between the United States and the PRC. Further, he believed it would reduce tension between the United States, the PRC, and the Soviet Union.
The President’s trip to China required a tremendous amount of planning. Part of this effort involved matters of protocol and etiquette, such as the use of chopsticks.
Image: Transcript of Speech President Nixon Gave Announcing Upcoming Trip to China. 7/15/1971.
More on Ping Pong Diplomacy: Nixon’s Trip to China on the Presidential Timeline.

ourpresidents:

On July 15, 1971, Richard Nixon announced to the nation that he had accepted the PRC’s invitation for him visit China.

President Nixon’s trip to China in 1972 ended twenty-five years of isolation between the United States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). He viewed his trip as the first step in a long process of contact between the United States and the PRC. Further, he believed it would reduce tension between the United States, the PRC, and the Soviet Union.

The President’s trip to China required a tremendous amount of planning. Part of this effort involved matters of protocol and etiquette, such as the use of chopsticks.

Image: Transcript of Speech President Nixon Gave Announcing Upcoming Trip to China. 7/15/1971.

More on Ping Pong Diplomacy: Nixon’s Trip to China on the Presidential Timeline.

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Tonight is the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
President Ford greeted Boston Red Sox Manager Darrell Johnson, Cincinnati Reds Manager George “Sparky” Anderson, and players from the National and American League teams on the field prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, 1976. The game was played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Tonight is the 85th Major League Baseball All-Star Game.

President Ford greeted Boston Red Sox Manager Darrell Johnson, Cincinnati Reds Manager George “Sparky” Anderson, and players from the National and American League teams on the field prior to the Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 13, 1976. The game was played at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Jul 11

Cleveland welcomes LBJ!
-from the LBJ Library, Photo ID 12-18-WH64.  10/8/64.

Cleveland welcomes LBJ!

-from the LBJ Library, Photo ID 12-18-WH64.  10/8/64.