Eleanor Roosevelt Resigns from the DAR — Today in History
In February 1939, Howard University invited Marian Anderson, the internationally famous African American contralto singer, to give a concert. They asked the Washington headquartered Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) if they could use their auditorium, Constitution Hall.
The DAR refused, explaining that local conditions and custom did not favor such a move. In protest, DAR member and First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt resigned from the organization.
A Gallup poll taken at the time showed that 67% of the public approved of her action.
Moving quickly to capitalize on this public support, Anderson’s manager Sol Hurok proposed that Anderson give an open-air concert at the Lincoln Memorial. Harold Ickes, the Secretary of the Interior promptly approved the idea and on April 9th a crowd of 75,000 people assembled before the Lincoln Memorial to hear Ms. Anderson sing.
Above is a copy of Mrs. Roosevelt’s DAR resignation letter, 2/26/39. Read More
-from the FDR Library
Jacqueline and Caroline Kennedy on a mother-daughter sleigh ride pulled by Macaroni the Pony on the White House lawn. 2/13/62.
-from the JFK Library
More snow in Washington D.C. today!
Adopted on February 23, 1967, the 25th Amendment established procedures for filling a vacancy in the office of the Vice President and responding to Presidential disabilities. This amendment was first used in 1973 when President Richard Nixon nominated Congressman Gerald Ford as Vice President following Spiro Agnew’s resignation.
The next year Ford became President after Nixon resigned. Under the 25th Amendment he nominated Nelson Rockefeller to fill the Vice Presidential vacancy, announcing his decision in the Oval Office on August 20, 1974, seen here.
-from the Ford Library
"Now, therefore, I, William J. Clinton, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim the week of February 21-27, 1993, as "American Wine Appreciation Week." I call upon the people of the United States to observe this week with appropriate ceremonies and activities."
That’s right, it’s American Wine Appreciation Week! Be sure to start off your weekend with “appropriate ceremonies and activities” y’all.
-from the Clinton Library
Premier Chou En-Lai and the Nixons share a toast at the welcoming banquet for the historic trip that began on this day in 1972.
The archival team at the Nixon Library has created a video of behind-the-scenes film clips and stories from Nixon’s trip. Watch more here.
-from the Nixon Library
Cheers and happy Friday!
Albert Capraro was one of Betty Ford’s favorite designers during her time in the White House. Capraro previously had worked for Oscar de la Renta before striking out as an independent designer. Mrs. Ford admired his clothing and also appreciated that it was designed and made in the United States.
President Eisenhower received this 17th century prayer book from Mary Ruth Muller of Reno, Nevada. The book was published in 1633 by Robert Baker of London and features a cover of stumpwork embroidery on silk.
The book is now in the Book Collection of the Eisenhower Presidential Library.
-from the Eisenhower Library