John Steinbeck was born on this day, February 27, 1902. A letter from the author to JFK:
A letter from author John Steinbeck to President Kennedy, thanking him for his dedication to the arts.
(From the White House Central Subject Files, Box 711, Folder: PP 6-1 Entertainers)
Johnny Cash was born on this day, February 26, 1932.
In honor of Cash’s birthday, here’s a photo of Johnny and June Carter Cash with President Jimmy Carter in the Oval Office of the White House.
Photo: Jimmy Carter and Johnny Cash and family. 6/14/77.
-from the Carter Library
What’s your favorite Johnny Cash song?
Ronald Reagan was born on this day, Feburary 6, 1911, in Tampico, Illinois.
Ronald Reagan was first called “Dutch” as a baby by his father who affectionately said that he looked like “a fat little Dutchman.” As a toddler, the nickname lasted because of the “Dutch boy” haircut, once popular for little boys, that his mother gave him.
Photo: Ronald Reagan (with “Dutch” haircut), Neil Reagan, and parents Jack and Nelle Reagan. Circa 1916-1917.
Happy 103rd Birthday Anniversary for Ronald “Dutch” Reagan!
Today is the birthday of Richard Nixon - January 9, 1913
President Nixon admires his 61st birthday cake while celebrating with family and staff members at the Western White House, La Casa Pacifica, in San Clemente. Left to right are: President Nixon, Tricia Nixon, Pat Nixon, Alexander M. Haig, unidentified man and Ron Ziegler.
-from the Nixon Library
Elvis and Richard Nixon — Born Yesterday and Today
Elvis Presley was born on January 8, 1935; Richard Nixon on January 9, 1913. They met in the Oval Office on December 21, 1970, when Elvis made an unexpected visit to the White House.
Birthday cheers to the King and President Nixon!
Photos: Richard Nixon meeting with Elvis Presley. 12/21/1970. There are 28 Elvis-Nixon photos, shot by Nixon’s chief photographer, Ollie Atkins.
FLOTUS Birthday — Mamie Eisenhower
On November 14, 1896, Mamie Geneva Doud was born in Boone, Iowa. At 19 years old, Mamie met Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower while visiting friends at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Ike and Mamie were engaged four months later. The engagement ring was a miniature copy of Ike’s West Point ring, amethyst set in gold.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Happy (belated) Birthday, Eleanor Roosevelt!
We’re still playing catch-up on all the posts we missed earlier this month, including the birthday of Anna “Eleanor” Roosevelt, who was born on October 11, 1884 in New York City to Elliott and Anna Hall Roosevelt. Mrs. Roosevelt’s list of accomplishments include serving as First Lady of the United States, U.S. delegate to the United Nations under President Truman and later as the U.N.’s first chairperson of the President’s Commission on the Status of Women under President Kennedy.
-from the FDR Library