Did You Know? Countdown to President's Day 2009 (02/13)


Did You Know? Countdown to President’s Day
Facts & Figures About Five Great American Presidents

February 13 : 03 days till President’s Day

Originally intended to celebrate the birthday of the first US President, George Washington, the President’s Day holiday has become a general celebration of all past US Presidents.

So in honor of this upcoming holiday join us as we countdown to President’s Day with little know facts, figures, and folklore about America and its Presidents!

fdr 03: Did you know that Franklin Delano Roosevelt was elected president four times? The 32nd president of the United States, Roosevelt served four successive terms, between 1934 and 1945.

Elected during the height of the Great Depression, when over 13 million Americans were unemployed, FDR brought back hope to many citizens at his Inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Under Roosevelt’s leadership, Congress enacted the New Deal to reverse the Great Depression. Public works projects put Americans back to work, America’s social security system was created, and sweeping government oversight was introduced, such as the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

From December, 1941, with the bombing of Pearl Harbor, President Roosevelt presided over the U.S. involvement in World War II, which ultimately brought about the conclusion of the Great Depression. FDR died in 1945 at the age of 63. Six years later, the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution was ratified, limiting the tenure of the U.S. presidency to two successive terms.

We’ll be presenting a new “Did You Know?” fun fact each day as we countdown to February 16th! So stop by again tomorrow.

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