On this day. 1879: President Hayes signed a bill that allowed female attorneys to argue cases before the U.S. Supreme Court.
On this day. 1903: With President Theodore Roosevelt's permission, a toy store began selling the first "Teddy bears." The inspiration for the Teddy bear was one of Roosevelt's hunting trips. TR, an avowed conservationist, was also a big game hunter. President Roosevelt described himself as a conservationist; yet on one trip to Africa alone, he and his party killed some 6,000 animals.
On this day. 1933: President-elect Franklin Roosevelt escaped an assassination attempt. But Chicago Mayor Anton Cermak was killed in the attack. After the shooting, FDR's car sped to the hospital. The fatally wounded Cermak whispered to him: "I am glad it was me instead of you."
Quote of the Day
"We've got to teach history based not on what's in fashion but what's important." -Ronald Reagan
More from West Wing Reports...
- The 10 worst-reviewed movies of 2013
- Diagnosing the Home Alone burglars' injuries: A professional weighs in
- Watch The Daily Show mock the NSA and the gamers they're spying on
- How did Love Actually become so controversial? A theory
- Americans are wealthier than ever*
- The secrets of happy families
- Antarctica recently experienced the coldest day in recorded history
- Is the rent really too damn high?
- Godzilla: Watch the surprisingly grim trailer for the blockbuster reboot
- President Obama snapped a selfie during Nelson Mandela's memorial service
Subscribe to the Week