September 21, 1949 - Mao Zedong announces that The Communist Party of China will lead the new Chinese government.
Twenty-six years later, Mao Zedong would shake hands with U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger during President Ford’s visit to China. This photo was taken on a visit to Chairman Mao’s residence in Peking by the Gerald R. Ford, daughter Susan Ford, and Kissinger. December 2, 1975.
September 8 - Letter to President Gerald Ford from Anthony Ferreira, a Third Grader at Henry B. Milnes School
On September 8, 1974, President Gerald Ford stunned the nation by announcing ”a full, free, and absolute pardon” for former President Richard Nixon.
This letter, from third grader Anthony Ferreira, encapsulated the country’s deep division over Ford’s controversial decision, stating simply: ”I think you are half Right and half wrong.”
One month, two assassination attempts. Secret Service agents rush President Ford towards the California State Capitol following the attempt on the President’s life by Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme, a member of the Charles Manson cult. September 5, 1975.
Seventeen days later, President Ford would be fired at again in San Francisco.
This photograph is of the Courbey Court Eating Club at Yale University. Former US President Gerald Ford was one of the distinguished members of this interesting club—he can be seen on the back row, eighth from left. I think we could probably devote a whole Tumblr to photos of Gerald Ford eating… we seem to have quite a few.