20th Century

Chronological Moments Featured on Pol Light Blog from the 20th Century

2000
Al Gore Concedes 2000 Presidential Election (December 13, 2000)
Bush and Gore at 2000 Alfred Smith Dinner (October 19, 2000)

1999

Harry Reid Designates Suicide Survivors Day (May 11, 1999)

1998

John Glenn Returns to Space at Age 77 (October 29, 1998)

1996

Mitt Romney Closes Bain Capital to Search for Runaway Teen (Summer 1996)


1995

Bill Clinton Keeps Memorials Open During Government Shutdown
Bill Clinton Speaks at Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial Service (April 23, 1995)


1994

Ronald Reagan Announces He Has Alzheimer's (November 5, 1994)


1993

Bill Clinton Convinces Fleetwood Mac to Reunite for Inaugural Ball (January 19, 1993)

1989

Barbara Bush Forms Family Literacy Foundation
George H.W. Bush Encourages Volunteerism (January 20, 1989)


1988

Paul Ryan Uses Social Security to Go to College (August 1988)
Donald Trump Sends His Private Jet to Transport Sick Boy Across Country (July 20, 1988)

1987

Rosalyn Carter Institute for Caregiving Started


1986

Jimmy Carter Works to Eliminate Guinea Worm Disease
Ronald Reagan Addresses Nation After Challenger Disaster (January 28, 1986)


1984

Jimmy Carter Partners with Habitat for Humanity
Mario Cuomo Signs Nation's First Seat Belt Law (July 12, 1984)
Ronald Reagan Writes Letter to 7th Grader with Messy Bedroom (May 11, 1984)
Ronald Reagan Pens Letter Clarifying His Views on the Ku Klux Klan (April 30, 1984)

1982

Lady Bird Johnson Establishes the National Wildflower Research Center (December 22, 1982)
Nancy Reagan's 'Just Say No' Campaign

1981

Jane Byrne Orders Chicago Fire Department to Stand Down  (November 11, 1981)

1975

Gerald Ford Initiates Operation Babylift in Vietnam (April 3, 1975)

1974

Betty Ford Discloses Her Breast Cancer (September 1974)
Gerald Ford Pardons Richard Nixon (September 8, 1974)


1970

Richard Nixon Meets with Elvis Presley (December 21, 1970)
Gaylord Nelson Founds Earth Day (April 22, 1970)


1968

Edward Kennedy Gives Eulogy for His Brother Robert (June 8, 1968)
Robert Kennedy Delivers News of MLK Assassination (April 4, 1968)
Lyndon Johnson Announces He Will Not Seek Reelection (March 31, 1968)
Lyndon Johnson Sings with Dog Yuki for Ambassador (February 6, 1968)


1967

Edward Brooke Becomes First Popularly Elected African American Senator (January 10, 1967)

1966

Dwight and Mamie Eisenhower Celebrate their 50th Wedding Anniversary (July 1, 1966)

1964

Jacqueline Kennedy Thanks Country for Sympathy Cards (January 14, 1964)

1963

John F. Kennedy Writes Sympathy Note to Mother of a Sick Child (August 9, 1963)
John F. Kennedy Writes Birthday Letter to Helen Keller (June 20, 1963)

1962

John F. Kennedy's 'Moon' Speech (September 12, 1962)


1961

John F. Kennedy Pushes Physical Fitness Initiative (July 19, 1961)
Jacqueline Kennedy Gives First Interview (March 24, 1961)

1960

Kennedy and Nixon at 1960 Al Smith Dinner (October 19, 1960)

1958

Dwight Eisenhower Gives First Color TV Broadcast by a President (May 22, 1958)


1957

John F. Kennedy Reads the Declaration of Independence (July 4, 1957)


1950

Harry Truman Shares His Life's Prayer (August 15,1950)

1945

Eleanor Roosevelt Offers to Help Harry Truman (April 12, 1945)


1943

Franklin Roosevelt's Sullivan Letter (January 13, 1943)

1938

Franklin Roosevelt Founds March of Dimes (January 3, 1938)

1937

Franklin Roosevelt Supports Boy Scouts of America's First Jamboree (June 30, 1937)

1935

Franklin Roosevelt Writes Letter to a Sick Boy (March 8, 1935)


1920

Harry T. Burn Votes for Women's Suffrage

1914

Woodrow Wilson Proclaims First Mother's Day


1910

William Howard Taft Throws First Presidential Pitch (April 14, 1910)

1902

Theodore Roosevelt Inspires the Teddy Bear

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