Thursday, January 06, 2011


1941:President Franklin D. Roosevelt describes the “Four Freedoms” in his State of the Union address, proclaiming that people “everywhere in the world” should have the freedom of speech and worship, as well as freedom from want and fear.

1759: George Washington marries Martha Dandridge Custis at her Virginia estate, known as White House Plantation. Exactly 186 years later, in 1945, another future president named George will wed his first lady to-be when George H.W. Bush marries Barbara Pierce in Rye, N.Y.

2001: In an ironic twist of fate, Al Gore presides as a joint session of Congress ratifies the election of his presidential opponent, George W. Bush. Members of the Black Congressional Caucus stage a walkout in protest of the vote.

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