Archive for January 6th, 2009

06
Jan
09

Digging Out

IMG_3838

IMG_3847

IMG_3855

IMG_4048

IMG_4133

Advertisements
06
Jan
09

On This Day, 1-6-2009: Roosevelt

January 6, 1941

Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks of “Four Freedoms”

On this day in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt addresses Congress in an effort to move the nation away from a foreign policy of neutrality. The president had watched with increasing anxiety as European nations struggled and fell to Hitler’s fascist regime and was intent on rallying public support for the United States to take a stronger interventionist role. In his address to the 77th Congress, Roosevelt stated that “the need of the moment is that our actions and our policy should be devoted primarily–almost exclusively–to meeting the foreign peril. For all our domestic problems are now a part of the great emergency.”

Roosevelt insisted that people in all nations of the world shared Americans’ entitlement to “four freedoms:” the freedom of speech and expression, the freedom to worship God “in his own way,” freedom from want and freedom from fear. After Roosevelt’s death and the end of World War II, his widow Eleanor often referred to the four freedoms when advocating for passage of the United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Mrs. Roosevelt participated in the drafting of that declaration, which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948.

“Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks of ?Four Freedoms?.” 2009. The History Channel website. 6 Jan 2009, 11:47 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=tdihArticleCategory&id=100.

On This Day

0871 – England’s King Alfred defeated the Danes at the Battle of Ashdown.

1838 – Samuel Morse publicly demonstrated the telegraph for the first time.

1912 – New Mexico became the 47th U.S. state.

1945 – The Battle of the Bulge ended with 130,000 German and 77,000 Allied casualties.

1950 – Britain recognized the Communist government of China.

1952 – “Peanuts” debuted in Sunday papers across the United States.

1987 – After a 29-year lapse, the Ford Thunderbird was presented with the Motor Trend Car of the Year Award. It was the first occurrence of a repeat winner of the award.

1998 – The spacecraft Lunar Prospect was launched into orbit around the moon. The craft was crashed into the moon, in an effort to find water under the lunar surface, on July 31, 1999.

January 6, 1942

Roosevelt commits to biggest arms buildup in U.S. history

On this day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt announces to Congress that he is authorizing the largest armaments production in the history of the United States.

Committed to war in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor, the U.S. had to reassess its military preparedness, especially in light of the fact that its Pacific fleet was decimated by the Japanese air raid. Among those pressing President Roosevelt to double U.S. armaments and industrial production were Lord William Beaverbrook, the British minister of aircraft production, and members of the British Ministry of Supplies, who were meeting with their American counterparts at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington. Beaverbrook, a newspaper publisher in civilian life, employed production techniques he learned in publishing to cut through red tape, improve efficiency, and boost British aircraft production to manufacturing 500 fighters a month, and he felt the U.S. could similarly beef up armament production.

Spurred on by Lord Beaverbrook and Prime Minister Churchill, Roosevelt agreed to the arms buildup. He announced to Congress that the first year of the supercharged production schedule would result in 45,000 aircraft, 45,000 tanks, 20,000 antiaircraft guns, and 8 million tons in new ships. Congressmen were stunned at the proposal, but Roosevelt was undeterred: “These figures and similar figures for a multitude of other implements of war will give the Japanese and Nazis a little idea of just what they accomplished.”

“Roosevelt commits to biggest arms buildup in U.S. history.” 2009. The History Channel website. 6 Jan 2009, 11:48 http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history.do?action=Article&id=6668.




January 2009
S M T W T F S
« Dec   Feb »
 123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
25262728293031

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 281 other followers

Advertisements