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Today in history: October 30

In 1735, John Adams was born

Oct. 30, 1735: John Adams was born. He was the second President, serving between 1797 and 1801. Known as "the Atlas of Independence," Adams was, of course, one of the Founding Fathers. He was also George Washington's vice president. Adams was the first President to live in the White House. He and First Lady Abigail moved in on Nov. 1, 1800. She was famous for hanging laundry in the East Room.

Oct. 30, 1953: President Eisenhower signed a National Security Council document saying America's nuclear arsenal needed to be expanded to meet the Soviet threat. Ike saw atomic weapons as the best deterrent to Soviet power, but worried the U.S. economy couldn’t support both military and domestic spending.

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"Liberty cannot be preserved without general knowledge among the people." — John Adams

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