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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 23, 1944: FDR gives a campaign speech to the Teamsters Union denouncing Republican attacks that he had sent a U.S. Navy destroyer to retrieve his dog Fala after leaving him behind on the Aleutian Islands.

Franklin D. Roosevelt's speech to the Teamsters Union.

Franklin D. Roosevelt in the Quonset hut mess hall in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska.
August 3, 1944
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3868(497).

Franklin D. Roosevelt fishing at Kodiak Island, Alaska.
August 7, 1944
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3868(498).

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Did you know:

  • On September 27, 1938 FDR appealed to German Chancellor Adolf Hitler for a peaceful solution of the Czechoslovakian crisis.
  • On September 26, 1940 FDR dedicated the new National Airport in Washington, D.C.

September 16, 1940: FDR signed into law the Selective Training and Service Act, which set up the first peacetime military draft in U.S. history.

First drawing of the Selective Service.
October 29, 1940
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3712(32).

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Did you know:

  • On September 20, 1940 FDR signed a tax act designed to raise $3,553,400,000 in revenue. This was the largest tax increase in U.S. history.
  • On September 17, 1942 FDR issued an executive order providing for coordination of a rubber program which developed a synthetic rubber industry.

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 18, 1938: FDR receives and honorary degree of doctor of civil laws at Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

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Did you know:

  • From August 17-24, FDR conferred with Prime Minister Churchill in Quebec, Canada at the first Quebec conference.

 

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

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Did you know:

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

 

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).

Excerpt from FDR's 1918 Diary.

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Did you know:

  • On August 1, 1933, the NRA blue eagle made its official appearance.
  • On August 2, 1939 FDR signed the Hatch Act which prohibited federal officeholders from active participation in political campaigns.

July 18, 1940: FDR was nominated for an unprecedented third term as president.

ER addressing the Democratic National Convention in Chicago.
July 18, 1940
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 69-96.

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Did you know:

  • On July 18, 1939 FDR released a public statement on the necessity of revision of the neutrality laws, saying that failure to do so “…would waken the leadership of the United States in exercising its potent influence in the cause of preserving the peace among the nations in the event of a new crisis in Europe between now and next January.”
  • On July 20, 1944 FDR was renominated for president, becoming the first president nominated for a fourth term.

July 10, 1934: FDR became the first president to travel to South America while in office.

FDR – with three others in Panama, standing on gangplank with ship in rear.
July 11, 1934
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 48-22:3660(35).

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Did you know:

  • On July 11, 1936 FDR spoke at the dedication of the Triborough Bridge in New York City.
  • On July 11, 1944 FDR announced he would accept the nomination for a fourth term.

July 2, 1932: FDR accepts the Democratic Party nomination for president at the convention in Chicago; declaring “a New Deal for the American people.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt en route from Albany to Chicago to address the Democratic National Convention and accept the nomination for President.
July 2, 1932
FDR Library Photo Collection. NPx. 61-238.

 

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Did you know:

  • On July 5, 1934 FDR landed in Cap Haitien, Haiti becoming the first president to visit Haiti while in office.
  • On July 4, 1940 FDR turned over his repository of personal and official papers at the FDR Library in Hyde Park to the government.

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