By Kevin Thomas, Special Events Coordinator The New York Times made it abundantly clear on September 20, 1918: F.D. Roosevelt Spanish Grip Victim Removed the previous day from the USS Leviathan in New York City, Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin Delano Roosevelt was taken to his mother’s residence in the city to recuperate. He was … Continue reading One of the Millions: FDR and the Flu Pandemic of 1918-1920
The Veteran's Day we celebrate now was originally known as Armistice Day until 1954. The purpose of the holiday was to commemorate the end of World War I on November 11, 1918. Presidents often participate in ceremonies on November 11th at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, now the Tomb of the Unknowns, at Arlington National … Continue reading Veteran’s Day
First President to Fly in/Steer a Blimp? Franklin D. Roosevelt was the first sitting president to ride in an airplane, an occasion marked by a very long overseas flight to attend the 1943 Casablanca conference. FDR’s distant cousin, Theodore, was the first president ever to fly, a trip that took place back in 1910 shortly … Continue reading Found in the Archives
Armistice Day, November 11,1941 On November 11, 1941 - seventy years ago - President Franklin D. Roosevelt delivered his Armistice Day Address at the Amphitheater at the sacred site of Arlington National Cemetery. Although this annual event was a presidential tradition, the speech this year took on special meeting, for the world was again aflame … Continue reading Found in the Archives
August 6, 1918: FDR finds himself under fire on the Verdun front with General de Haye. FDR at La Citadelle in Verdun, France. August 6, 1918 FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 47-96:4802(83). ********** Did you know: On August 1, 1933, the NRA blue eagle made its official appearance. On August 2, 1939 FDR signed the … Continue reading This Week in Roosevelt History: August 1-7
November 12, 1942 "LONDONDERRY, Northern Ireland—The flight to Ireland yesterday morning was smooth and uneventful, but there was just enough mist to prevent our seeing a great deal below us. We arrived in time to lunch with the Governor General, His Grace, the Duke of Abercorn and the Duchess of Abercorn. We then hurried on … Continue reading Eleanor Roosevelt – My Day: November 8-14
August 6, 1918: FDR finds himself under fire on the Verdun front with General de Haye. FDR at La Citadelle in Verdun, France. August 6, 1918 FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 47-96:4802(83).