Dr. Jonas Salk would have turned 99 on October 28.
On April 12, 1955 it was announced that Dr. Salk had developed a vaccine against polio. Here he is on April 22, 1955 after receiving a citation from President Eisenhower for his work.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Happy (belated) Birthday, Jimmy Carter!
Though we were unable to wish Mr. Carter a happy birthday on the day-of, we can still keep the birthday celebrations going (and give everyone an excuse to eat another slice of cake)!
James Earl Carter, Jr. was born on October 1, 1924, in the small farming town of Plains, Georgia and was raised in the nearby community of Archery. Read more about the thirty-ninth President here and see if you can find him among the Plains High School class of 1941 in the photo above!
Happy Birthday, LBJ!
Here’s the first photograph ever taken of Lyndon Baines Johnson. He was born approximately six months earlier, on August 27, 1908, in central Texas. No word on the teddy bear’s photographic history, but at least we know it had nicely brushed fur the day this was taken.
-from the LBJ Library
Herbert Clark Hoover was born on August 10, 1874, the son of Jesse Hoover, a blacksmith, and Hulda Minthorn Hoover, a seamstress and recorded minister in the Society of Friends (Quakers). Hoover was born in West Branch, Iowa, where he enjoyed fishing in the local creek and working in his father’s blacksmith shop.
He lived in Iowa only for the first decade of his life. Orphaned at the age of nine, he began an odyssey that would make him a multi-millionaire, international humanitarian, secretary of commerce, and 31st president of the United States.
-from the Hoover Library
Some DYK on JFK’s Birthday—
During World War II, John F. Kennedy joined the Navy. He was made Lieutenant (Lt.) and assigned to the South Pacific as commander of a patrol torpedo boat, the PT-109.
On the night of August 2, 1943, Lt. Kennedy’s crew patrolled the waters looking for enemy ships to sink. A Japanese destroyer suddenly became visible. But it was traveling at full speed and headed straight at them.
Lt. Kennedy was slammed hard against the cockpit, injuring his back. Patrick McMahon, one of his crew members, had horrible burns on his face and hands and was ready to give up. In the darkness,
At sunrise, Lt. Kennedy led his men toward a small island several miles away. Despite his own injuries, Lt. Kennedy was able to tow Patrick McMahon ashore, a strap from McMahon’s life jacket clenched between his teeth.
Six days later two native islanders found them and went for help, delivering a message Jack had carved into a piece of coconut shell.
Photo: Lieutenant John F. Kennedy in the South Pacific, circa 1943
More about JFK in World War II - From the JFK Library
Happy Birthday to Harry Truman, born on May 8 in 1884!
This post-Presidential photograph shows Truman holding a copy of the famous Chicago Daily Tribune declaring “Dewey Defeats Truman.” The newspaper had relied on early Gallup polls to predict the winner, but the polls were wrong. Truman was reelected.
The 33rd President grew up in Independence, Missouri, (now the site of Harry S. Truman Library & Museum) and after serving in World War I, he returned home and he married Bess Wallace, his childhood sweetheart. In 1934, he was elected to the Senate. He had only been Vice President for a few weeks when FDR died, and Truman was sworn in as 33 President of the United States.
For more Presidential photos and history, visit the new Our Presidents boards over on Pinterest!
from the U.S. National Archives
Happy Birthday Willie Nelson!
“When I was in trouble in the White House or when I wanted to have some deep thoughts, I had a very high quality hi-fi player, and the number one thing I played was Willie Nelson songs. All the good things I did as a president, all the mistakes I made — you can blame half of that on Willie.”
-Jimmy Carter in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine
Photos: Jimmy Carter with Willie Nelson and his guests outside of the Old Executive Building. 4/25/78; President Carter on stage at a performance by country western singer, Willie Nelson at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland. 9/13/80.
The two remain friends today.
-from the Carter Library