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Today in history: January 24
President Nixon presented the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Eugene Ormandy
 
Ormandy received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Nixon.
Ormandy received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Nixon. (Bettmann/CORBIS)

Jan. 24, 1970: President Nixon traveled to Philadelphia to present the Presidential Medal of Freedom to Eugene Ormandy, the world-renowned conductor. Ormandy’s Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra struck up "Hail to the Chief" as Nixon entered. Nixon said it was the greatest experience he enjoyed as president.

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“I like the job I have, but if I had to live my life over again, I would like to have ended up a sports writer.” - Richard Nixon

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