1. ourpresidents:

    On this day, September 2, 1944, Navy pilot George Bush is shot down into enemy waters during World War II.

    George Bush joined the Navy on June 12, 1942, on his 18th birthday.  He received his commission on June 9, 1943, becoming the youngest naval aviator of the time.  During World War II, Bush flew torpedo bombers, completing 58 missions.

    On a run over Chichi Jima in 1944, his plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire. Bush bailed out and was rescued by a Navy submarine, but tragically, his two crew members were killed. For his service during WWII, Bush was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Air Medals.

    Photos:  Downed pilot George Bush is rescued by the Navy submarine, USS Finback. 9/2/44; Navy Pilot portrait, WWII; USS Finback.

    More — Military and Navy Photos of George Bush from the Bush Library

    (via todaysdocument)

  2. ourpresidents:

    This dapper young gentleman turns 68 today. 

    Born William Jefferson Blythe, III on August 19, 1946 in Hope, Arkansas, he’s better known these days as the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton. 

    Photo circa 1950 — from the Clinton Library

  3. fuckyeahhistorycrushes:

    Young Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

    Doesn’t he look like young Ryan Gosling

  4. retrocampaigns:

    Franklin D. Roosevelt, age 30, in 1912

    In 1910, FDR was elected to the New York State Senate. After supporting Woodrow Wilson’s candidacy at the Democratic National Convention in 1912, Wilson appointed him Assistant Secretary of the Navy in 1913. By 1920, at age 38, he was a vice presidential nominee alongside Ohio’s James Cox.

    Via the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Francis A. DiMauro

  6. Bill Clinton meeting JFK, July 24, 1963.

    Here’s a short video about the meeting.

    (Source: nouveaunano)

  7. fuckyeahhistorycrushes:


    Rare photos of young John F. Kennedy. See more here…


    Wow I have never seen these

  8. ourpresidents:

    George Bush holds George W. Bush in New Haven, CT.  April, 1947.

    -from the Bush Library

    (Source: facebook.com, via retrocampaigns)


  9. fuckyeahhistorycrushes:


  10. smithsonianmag:

    Document Deep Dive: Richard Nixon’s Application to Join the FBI

    Fresh out of law school, the future president first hoped he could be one of J. Edgar Hoover’s agents

    by Megan Gambino

    The abridged biography of Richard Nixon, as most know it, goes something like this. Born the son of a grocer and housewife, Nixon grew up in southern California and attended Whittier College, a small liberal arts college less than 20 miles from Los Angeles. He graduated from Duke University’s law school, moved home to California and started practicing law. He was first elected as a U.S. congressman in 1946 and then a senator in 1950, then served as vice president and eventually the president, before resigning in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

    The National Archives, however, adds a surprising little insert into that timeline. That is, a 24-year-old Nixon applied to be a special agent in the FBI in 1937.

    See Nixon’s FBI Application and read more at Smithsonian.com.

    His tie game is strong 

    (via retrocampaigns)