Sandra Day O’Connor was born on this day — March 26, 1930
Ronald Reagan had the opportunity to fill three Supreme Court seats during his tenure as President. Among those confirmed was Sandra Day O’Connor, the first woman to sit on the Supreme Court.
On September 25, 1981, O’Connor was sworn in as Supreme Court Justice by Chief Justice Warren Burger. This photo was taken with the Justices and President Reagan on the day she was sworn in.
Caption: Supreme Court Justices pose with President Reagan in the Supreme Court Conference Room. From left to right: Justice Harry Blackmun, JusticeThurgood Marshall, Justice William Brennan, Chief Justice Warren Burger, President Reagan, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Justice Byron White, Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr., Justice William Rehnquist and Justice John Paul Stevens. 9/25/81.
Happy 83rd Birthday Sandra Day O’Connor!
“On my way to where the air is sweet…”
It’s the birthday of Jim Henson! Here’s First Lady Pat Nixon with Big Bird in the East Room of the White House. 12/20/70.
Many cheers to Jim Henson (9/24/36 - 5/16/90) and also to Pat Nixon, whose Centennial birthday celebration is happening now too.
Happy Birthday Marian Anderson!
Eleanor Roosevelt first met African American opera singer Marian Anderson in 1935 when the singer was invited to perform at the White House.
Four years later, in January of 1939, Howard University invited Marian Anderson to perform in Washington, DC for an Easter concert. Anticipating large crowds for the acclaimed singer, the University asked the Daughters of the American Revolution if they could use their auditorium, Constitution Hall in downtown Washington. The DAR refused the request. As part of the original funding arrangements for Constitution Hall, major donors had insisted that only whites could perform on stage.
On February 26, 1939, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt submitted her letter of resignation to the DAR president, declaring that the organization had “set an example which seems to me unfortunate” and that the DAR had “an opportunity to lead in an enlightened way” but had “failed to do so.”
Mrs. Roosevelt’s resignation thrust the Marian Anderson concert, the DAR, and the subject of racism to the center of national attention. As word of her resignation spread, Mrs. Roosevelt and others quietly worked behind the scenes promoting the idea for an outdoor concert at the Lincoln Memorial, just blocks away from Constitution Hall.
On April 9th, seventy-five thousand people, including dignitaries and average citizens, attended the outdoor concert. It was as diverse a crowd as anyone had seen—black, white, old, and young—dressed in their Sunday finest. Hundreds of thousands more heard the concert over the radio. Ms. Anderson opened her concert with America. The operatic first half of the program concluded with Ave Maria. After a short intermission, she then sang a selection of spirituals familiar to the African American members of her audience. And with tears in her eyes, Marian Anderson closed the concert with an encore, Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen.
Happy birthday to all who share the same birthday with Gerald R. Ford! On July 14, 1913 the 38th President of the United States was born in Omaha, Nebraska.
Here’s a young Gerald, around 3 years old, with his pet Boston Terrier. Different sources identify the dog as either Spot or Fleck. Circa 1916.
-from the Ford Presidential Library
Turns out, he still looks a lot like he did at eight years old in his Little League uniform. Happy birthday President George W. Bush!
Thanks to everyone for your answers - you know your stuff.
Shown here: President and Mrs. Bush following the President’s acceptance speech for the Republican Party’s nomination for President in 2004; George W. Bush as a child in 1954.
-from the George W. Bush Library via the Presidential Timeline
We’re impressed by your presidential sleuthing. Indeed, the childhood pics previously posted are of George W. Bush and Nancy Davis Reagan. Happy birthday to both!
Pictured here, Nancy Reagan’s birthday party at Woodlawn Plantation in Mount Vernon, Virginia. July 4, 1981. Previously posted picture: Nancy Davis in 1928-29. From the Reagan Presidential Library.