March 25, 1933: The Navy's U.S.S. Sequoia became the official presidential yacht. Every POTUS used this floating White House, until President Jimmy Carter sold it to save the government money. The Sequoia, once called "America's equivalent to the Royal Yacht," has a rich and colorful history. Franklin D. Roosevelt and General Dwight Eisenhower used it to plan the D-Day invasion of Europe, Harry Truman hosted poker games on it, Lyndon Johnson watched movies projected onto its white smokestack, and Richard Nixon decided to resign on it. After Nixon made his decision, he played "God Bless America" on the ship's piano. You can read more about the Sequoia here.
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