This week in 1932, FDR accepts the Democratic Party nomination for president at the convention in Chicago declaring, “a New Deal for the American people.”
FDR is pictured here on July 2, 1932 en route from Albany to Chicago to address the Democratic National Convention and accept the nomination for President.
-via “In Roosevelt History” from the FDR Presidential Library
Eighty-one years ago this week, Woodrow Wilson became the very first President to communicate by radio. On his way home from Europe, President Wilson used the radio, after several unsuccessful efforts, to call the then-young Franklin Roosevelt, who was his Assistant Secretary of the Navy back in Washington. It wasn’t immediately clear how this new technology would be used, or that in just 15 years Roosevelt, as President, would be making radio broadcasts that 80 percent of our nation would hear. But it was clear that a new door to the future had opened.
During this speech, President Clinton also remarked:
“When I became President, there were just 50 websites on the Worldwide Web. Now, there are 17 million, and almost 50 million households on-line in the United States alone.”
Interested in reading the full remarks? You can find them at the Clinton Library.
Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the G.I. Bill on June 22, 1944. The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act, also known as the G.I. Bill of Rights, offers educational assistance to veterans.
You can visit This week in Roosevelt History for more milestones and photos from the Roosevelt Presidential Library.
Be it enacted by the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That there is hereby created the Office of Archivist of the United States, the Archivist to be appointed by the President of the United States, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate.
Act of June 19, 1934 (“National Archives Act”), Public Law 73-432, 48 STAT 1122, “to create a National Archives of the United States Government and for other purposes.”
Signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt on June 19, 1934, this act established the National Archives to centralize federal record keeping, with the Archivist of the United States as its chief administrator.
Keep your ideals high, keep both feet on the ground and keep everlastingly at it.
The Roosevelt Presidential Library regularly shares quotes from FDR and Eleanor here.