May 11, 1935: FDR creates the Rural Electrification Administration to bring electricity to isolated rural areas not serviced by private utilities.

Rural Electrification Admin (REA): lineman working on pole as farmer watches.
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 63-295.

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Did you know:

  • On May 10, 1939, FDR participated by radio in the dedication of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.
  • On May 14, 1942, FDR signed the act establishing the Women’s Army Air Corp. This was the first time women were enlisted for noncombat military service.