Archive for April, 2016

Happy Birthday James Monroe!

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

James Monroe:

Born on April 28th, 1758. If still alive today he would be 258 years old!

Presidential Term: 1817-1825

Fun Facts:

-Monroe lived out his retirement in poverty.

-His term is called the “Era of Good Feeling” because there was little partisan fighting. He formulated the Monroe Doctrine, which declared the Americas off-limits to European meddling.

ca. 1817-1825 --- A portrait of James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth president of the United States, made during his presidency.  He served as President from 1817-1825. --- Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

ca. 1817-1825 — A portrait of James Monroe (1758-1831), the fifth president of the United States, made during his presidency. He served as President from 1817-1825. — Image by © Bettmann/CORBIS

Happy Birthday Ulysses S. Grant

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

Ulysses S. Grant:

Born on April 27, 1822. If still alive he would be 194 years old!

Presidential Term: 1869-1877

Fun Facts:

-Grant was born Hiram Ulysses Grant, but an error on his application to West Point changed his name to Ulysses Simpson Grant. He liked the initials so much that he kept the name.

-Grant was the top Union military hero of the Civil War. His two terms were marred by scandals.


Happy Birthday James Buchanan!

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

James Buchanan:

Born on April 23, 1791. If still alive today he would be 225 years old!

Presidential Term: 1857-1861

Fun Facts:

-Buchanan was the only bachelor to ever serve in the White House.

-Buchanan tried in vain to find a compromise to keep the South from seceding from the Union, but failed.


Earth Day

Friday, April 22nd, 2016

Happy Earth Day!


Today in History: April 18th

Monday, April 18th, 2016

In 1775, Paul Revere and William Dawes went out on the Midnight Ride to warn the patriots at Lexington and Concord of the British approaching.

In 1906, The San Francisco Earthquake struck around 5 AM, followed by a fire from overturned wooden stoves and broken gas pipes. It took 3 days to extinguish the fire which caused over 10,000 acres of destruction and took 4,000 lives.

In 1942 was the first mainland air raid on Japan during WWII. Though damage was minimal, the raid boosted allied morale following years of unchecked Japanese military advances.

In 1982, Queen Elizabeth II of England signed the Canadian Constitution Act of 1982- this replaced the British North American Actor 1867 and provided Canada with a new set of laws and Civil Rights.

Happy Birthday Thomas Jefferson!

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Thomas Jefferson:

Born on April 13, 1743. If still alive today he would be 273 years old!

Presidential Term: 1801-1809

Fun Facts:

-Considered the most brilliant President, he wrote the Declaration of Independence, founded the University of Virginia, and was an architect, a farmer, and a scientist.

-Jefferson approved the Louisiana Purchase of 1803, which nearly doubled the size of the U.S.


Today in History : April 11th

Monday, April 11th, 2016

In 1968, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 was signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. This law prohibited discrimination in housing, protected civil rights workers, and also expanded the rights of Native Americans.

In 1970, The Apollo 13 was launched from Cape Kennedy. 56 hours into flight an oxygen tank exploded in the service module. Astronaut Swigert saw the warning light which accompanied the bang and said, “Houston, we’ve had a problem here.” Swigert, Lovell, and Haise transferred into lunar module (using it as a life boat) and began the trip back to earth, landing safely, 6 days later.

In 1983, Harold Washington became the first African American mayor of Chicago. He was re-elected in 1987.

Today in History: April 4th

Monday, April 4th, 2016

In 1887, the first woman mayor was elected in the U.S.. Susanna M. Salter became mayor of Argonia, Kansas.

In 1949, twelve nations signed the treaty creating the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Nations united for common military defense against the threat of expansion by Soviet Russia into Western Europe.

in 1968, Civil Rights leader Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was shot and killed by a sniper in Memphis, TN. He championed non-violent resistance to end racial oppression and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. He is remembered for the “I Have a Dream” speech which was delivered at the 1963 Civil Rights march in Washington, DC.

Locals Receive Free Admission

Friday, April 1st, 2016
Key West Residents that sign up for the Hometown Pass program will receive free admission to Harry Truman’s Little White House when accompanied by a guest who has purchased a FULL FARE ADULT TICKET.
***Tickets may not be purchase online and must be purchased from a Historic Tours of America attractions booth.***
Sign-up for the Hometown Pass program here