On this day. 1922: Warren Harding became the first president to have his voice transmitted on the radio. It revolutionized the way presidents communicated with the American people. Harding was addressing a crowd at the dedication of a memorial for Francis Scott Key, the composer of the "Star Spangled Banner."
President Harding liked the radio. He was the first president to own one, and the first to have one installed in the White House. But the first president to to truly leverage radio's power was Franklin D. Roosevelt, who began a series of informal "fireside chats" after taking office. Radio remains an effective communications tool today, reaching 93 percent of consumers weekly — more than the internet.
On this day. 1954: President Dwight Eisenhower signed a bill adding the words "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. Some critics complained, saying it blurred the line between church and state.
Quote of the day
"My God, this is a hell of a job! I have no trouble with my enemies... but my damn friends, they're the ones that keep me walking the floor nights." -Warren Harding
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