On This Day…1938: With war looming in Europe, President Roosevelt wrote to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, appealing for peace. FDR was worried about German threats to invade a part of Czechoslovakia called the Sudetenland; but Hitler laughed publicly at Roosevelt’s letter. Hitler soon annexed the Sudetenland, and in March 1939 all of Czechoslovakia itself – he would eventually invade half of the countries FDR had asked him about.
On This Day…1991: With the Cold War essentially over, President Bush ordered the Pentagon to take B-52 bombers off their full-time alert. Bush also ordered some 2,400 short-range land & sea-based nuclear weapons eliminated, a move he said could save $2 billion a year.
Quote of the Day
“As to the Presidency, the two happiest days of my life were those of my entrance upon the office & my surrender of it.” –Martin Van Buren