From Table to Farm - The White House Turkey Presentation
The annual turkey pardoning ceremony at the White House is a lighthearted event that has evolved over the years. Harry S. Truman presided over the first live turkey presentation in 1947, complete with a bird intended for the Thanksgiving meal. In fact, turkeys presented to John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson wore signs that read, “Good Eating, Mr. President.”
It wasn’t until November 14, 1989 that President George Bush officially “granted a Presidential pardon” to a turkey. Take a gander at the lucky bird from that year in the photo above.
Photos: Annual presentation of Thanksgiving turkey to Lyndon B. Johnson at the White House. 11/16/67.
George Bush at the first official turkey pardoning, 11/14/89.
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Today is the last day to vote! Do you want the Americans with Disabilities Act to be displayed first in the new “Records of Rights” gallery?
At the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (known as the ADA) on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush said,
“Three weeks ago we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day. Today we’re here to rejoice in and celebrate another ’Independence Day,’ one that is long overdue. With today’s signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.”
Image: On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. With him on the South Lawn of the White House are (from left to right, sitting) Evan Kemp, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Justin Dart, Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities; and (left to right, standing) Rev. Harold Wilke and Swift Parrino, Chairperson, National Council on Disability. Image from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
President George Bush signs the 1990 Clean Air Act — Today in History
The 1990 revision of the 1970 Clean Air Act provided the Environmental Protection Agency new powers to promote better air quality in cost-effective ways and inaugurated a “cap and trade” system.
Photo: President Bush participates in the signing ceremony for the Clean Air Act Amendments with Secretary Watkins, William Reilly, and Vice President Quayle. George Bush Presidential Library and Museum.
Veterans Day Spotlight: George Bush
George Bush graduated from high school on his 18th birthday, June 12, 1942, with World War II raging on two fronts. That same day, although he had been accepted at Yale University, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy as a seaman second class.
Bush served as a Naval Aviator in World War II, flying Avenger torpedo bombers in the Pacific. He was the youngest Navy pilot in World War II to earn his wings at that time.
Bush was shot down Sept. 2, 1944 during a bombing mission over a Japanese radio station at Chi Chi Jima in the Bonin Islands; Bush’s crew didn’t survive, but he parachuted to safety and was later rescued by the submarine USS Finback. For his service in World War II Bush received the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Air Medals and the Presidential Unit Citation awarded to his carrier the USS San Jacinto.
Photos: U.S. Navy Pilot George Bush in the cockpit of an Avenger, 1942-1945; In Navy Uniform, 1942; Navy Pilot George Bush in VT-51 Avenger, 1944.
On this Veterans Day weekend, and everyday, thank you to all our nation’s veterans!
Cast your vote! Help National Archives curators select the first original landmark document in the new Rubenstein Gallery when it opens on November 8.
We’re asking the public to choose from five landmark documents:
- the 14th Amendment
- the 26th Amendment
- Americans with Disabilities Act
- the Immigration Act (1965)
- Desegregation of the Armed Forces
Cast your vote now! Go to http://go.usa.gov/DWSw
(The original Berryman cartoon is here: http://research.archives.gov/description/1696624)
Downed pilot George Bush is rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback. 9/2/44.
George Bush flew a TBM Avenger for the United States Navy during World War II.
He joined the Navy on June 12, 1942 when he turned 18. One of his most memorable missions was when George and his crew of two other men were flying over one of the Japanese islands and their plane was badly damaged.
He had to bail out into enemy waters where he was luckily saved by one of the United States’ fast submarines; the USS Finback. He stayed on the sub for a month before returning back to friendly territory.