On Sept. 4, 2005, President Bush announced the death of Chief Justice of the United States William Rehnquist. Chief Justice Rehnquist had passed away from cancer on Sept. 3, 2005. He was at his home surrounded by his three children. Below is the transcript and video from President Bush’s announcement.
Read the President’s remarks from the George W. Bush Library.
President Truman Speaks on the First Live Transcontinental Telecast — Today in 1951
President Truman addressing the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference in San Francisco, California. 9/4/51.
From left to right: Dr. Warren Kelchner, Temporary Chairperson of the Japanese Peace Treaty Conference, Governor Earl Warren of California, President Harry S. Truman, and Secretary of State Dean Acheson standing on stage.
-from the Truman Library
Today is the anniversary of the 1964 Nurse Training Act — There was a severe shortage of nurses in the early 1960s, and the Act created new training and financial aid opportunities for nursing students.
To commemorate the anniversary, the LBJ Presidential Library is offering free admission all month for nurses and nursing students.
Lunch Break: Tomatoes!
People often sent President Truman produce or other foodstuffs specific to their region. This Missourian, who also happened to be the Chairman of the Democratic Central Committee of Webster County, sent Mr. Truman a variety of tomatoes, including San Marzano, Millionaire, and Winsall.
-from the Truman Library
The Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974
President Ford signed the Employee Retirement Security Act of 1974 on September 2, 1974, which was also Labor Day. This legislation established new standards for private pension plans, extending coverage of existing systems and providing safeguards to insure that workers would receive their expected benefits upon retirement.
“I think this is really an historic Labor Day — historic in the sense that this legislation will probably give more benefits and rights and success in the area of labor management than almost anything in the history of this country,” he said in his remarks at the signing ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. “It certainly will give to those 30-plus million American workers a greater degree of certainty as they face retirement in the future.”
View additional photographs from the signing ceremony.
On this day, September 2, 1944, Navy pilot George Bush is shot down into enemy waters during World War II.
George Bush joined the Navy on June 12, 1942, on his 18th birthday. He received his commission on June 9, 1943, becoming the youngest naval aviator of the time. During World War II, Bush flew torpedo bombers, completing 58 missions.
On a run over Chichi Jima in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Bush bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine, but tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his service during WWII, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.
Photos: Downed pilot George Bush is rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback. 9/2/44; Navy Pilot portrait, WWII; USS Finback.
It’s the Birthday of LBJ!
Lyndon Baines Johnson was born on August 27, 1908, in central Texas, not far from Johnson City, which his family had helped settle.
In 1937 he campaigned successfully for the House of Representatives on a New Deal platform, effectively aided by his wife, the former Claudia “Lady Bird” Taylor, whom he had married after a whirlwind courtship in 1934.
During World War II, Lyndon Johnson served briefly in the Navy as a lieutenant commander, receiving a Silver Star in the South Pacific. After six terms in the House, he was elected to the Senate in 1948. In 1953, he became the youngest Minority Leader in Senate history, and the following year, when the Democrats won control, Majority Leader. With rare legislative skill he obtained passage of a number of measures during the Eisenhower Administration. He became, by many accounts, the most powerful Majority Leader of the twentieth century.
LBJ’s “Great Society” program included aid to education, Medicare, urban renewal, beautification, conservation, development of depressed regions, control and prevention of crime and delinquency and removal of obstacles to the right to vote. Read More
Studio portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson at 18 months old, ca. 1910.
Portrait of President Lyndon B. Johnson in the Oval Office. December, 1963.
-from the LBJ Library
Little League Baseball celebrates its 75th anniversary this year.
President Ford welcomed the final eight teams from the 1974 Little League World Series to the White House on August 26, 1974.
The teams represented Red Bluff, California; New Haven, Connecticut; Tallmadge, Ohio; Jackson, Tennessee; Victoria, British Colombia, Canada; Maracaibo, Venezuela; the Republic of China (Taiwan); and Athens, Greece, which included the children of American military and Embassy staff in Europe.
Image: President Ford with the Little League baseball team from Red Bluff, California (White House photograph A0364-23)
Happy 75 to Little League Baseball!