Oct. 2, 1919: President Wilson suffered a near fatal stroke. It partially paralyzed him, and he had difficulty speaking or moving. While he slowly regained his health, First Lady Edith Wilson kept reporters, aides, and lawmakers away, signing documents and making decisions without consulting him. She became, in effect, the acting president and the most powerful first lady in history.
Oct. 2, 1967: President Johnson's nominee for the Supreme Court, Thurgood Marshall, was sworn in as the high court's first black justice.
Oct. 2, 1975: Three decades after the end of World War II, President Ford welcomed Japanese Emperor Hirohito to the White House.
Quote of the Day
"One cool judgment is worth a thousand hasty counsels. The thing to do is to supply light and not heat." — Woodrow Wilson
More from West Wing Reports...
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- It's official: The religious right is calling it quits
- Obama just kneecapped Jeb Bush and Chris Christie's 2016 prospects
- 6 tiny scientific mistakes that created huge disasters
- How science is accelerating our search for alien life
- The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1: 10 major differences between the book and the movie
- Inside Turkey's shadow war with ISIS
- The real story behind Deliver Us From Evil
- The dangerously childish morality of liberal ObamaCare supporters
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
Subscribe to the Week