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October 5, 1937: FDR gives a campaign speech in Chicago calling for a “quarantine” of the aggressor nations.

 

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Did you know:

  • On October 7, 1942 FDR announced his plan to try war criminals after the war.
  • On October 5, 1944 FDR called for an end of poll taxes during a radio address.

 

September 3, 1940: FDR approves the “destroyers for bases” deal with Great Britain.  Through this deal, the United States transferred destroyers to the British Navy in exchange for leases for British naval and air bases.

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  • On September 1, 1937, FDR signed the National Housing Act establishing the U.S. Housing Authority.
  • On September 2, 1940 FDR dedicated the Chickamauga Dam near Chattanooga, TN.
  • On September 7, 1941, FDR’s mother Sara passed away.

 

August 14, 1935: FDR signs the Social Security Bill into law.

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  • On August 14, 1936 FDR set forth a foreign policy of neutrality at Chautauqua, NY.
  • On August 14, 1941 FDR announced the Atlantic Charter.

 

June 22, 1944: FDR signs the G.I. Bill of Rights which offers educational assistance to veterans.

Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the G.I. Bill.
June 22, 1944
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 64-269.

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  • On June 26, 1935 FDR issued the executive order establishing the National Youth Administration.
  • On June 30, 1938 FDR laid the cornerstone of the federal building at the New York World’s Fair in New York City.
  • On June 30, 1941 FDR dedicated the FDR Library in Hyde Park, NY.

June 16, 1929: FDR is the Grand Marshall of his 25th Harvard Reunion.

FDR at his 25th Class Anniversary at Harvard.
June 16-20, 1929
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3701(11).

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  • On June 16, 1933 FDR departed Washington D.C. for a vacation in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada. This marked the end of the “First Hundred Days.”
  • On June 15, 1934 FDR signed the national guard act establishing the national guard as part of the arm in wartime or in a national emergency declared by Congress.

June 11, 1939: FDR hosts a hot dog picnic at Top Cottage for King George IV and Queen Elizabeth of England.

Menu for the Picnic at Top Cottage with the British King and Queen

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  • On June 12, 1939 FDR addressed the graduating class of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY.
  • On June 10, 1940, FDR issued a proclamation of neutrality in the war between Italy, France and Great Britain.
  • On June 13, 1942, FDR issued the executive order establishing the Office of War Information and a military order establishing the Office of Strategic Services.

June 6, 1944: FDR announces the D-Day invasion.

D-Day Prayer, pg1

 

D-Day Prayer, pg2

Click here to listen to the D-Day prayer on our website.

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  • On June 2, 1938 FDR addressed the graduating class of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, MD.
  • On June 5, 1942 FDR signed a joint resolution of a state of war between the U.S. and Hungary, Rumania, and Bulgaria.

May 27, 1935: The Supreme Court declares the National Industrial Recovery Act unconstitutional.

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  • On May 28, 1934 FDR reviewed the fleet off the entrance to the New York harbor while aboard the USS Indianapolis. The fleet consisted of 81 warships, a naval line that stretched for 12 miles, which took 90 minutes to pass.
  • On May 28, 1942 FDR sent greetings to Yank on the publication of its first issue. Yank was an army weekly magazine whose editorial staff consisted entirely of enlisted men.
  • On May 27, 1943, FDR issued an executive order establishing the Office of War Mobilization.

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.


May 6, 1935: The Works Progress Administration opened its doors and began sending unemployed Americans back to work.

WPA Theatre worker
1935
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-49:1(262).

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Did you know:

  • On May 4, 1941, FDR dedicated the birthplace of Woodrow Wilson in Staunton, Virginia as a national shrine.

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