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National Presidential Joke Day: 100 Years of Presidential Jokes

August 11 is a day to recognize and enjoy the wit of our nation’s commander-in-chiefs. Though presidents are usually the butt of jokes and mockery, they occasionally make some wisecracks of their own. National Presidential Joke Day began 32 years ago in 1984 during a sound check for Ronald Reagan’s Saturday evening radio broadcast. Unaware that he was live, Reagan jokingly said, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” Though most Americans found the situation hilarious, Soviet officials temporarily put the military on high alert. To celebrate National Presidential Joke Day, we bring you 100 years of presidential jokes, quips and humor. Read more...

"The Great War" to premiere April 2017

The six-hour documentary, which premieres in April 2017 in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917, explores how World War I forever changed America and the world.


Traveling in Style to the 1936 Olympic Games

The American Olympians could not just hop on a plane to Berlin; instead, they boarded the luxury cruise liner S.S. Manhattan for an eight-day journey that provided plenty of headlines, beginning with the New York Times’s declaration on July 17 that "Athletes Give Pledge to Keep Fit as Officials Warn Against Making Trip a Joy Ride."

Announcing: #ElectionCollection

Get out your historic buttons, bumper stickers, hats, and banners! We’re starting a weekly Instagram challenge called #ElectionCollection to feature your Presidential campaign memorabilia.


Red, White, and Blue: The Meaning Behind America’s Flag

Every Fourth of July people all across the United States celebrate our country's independence with parades, memorials, and barbeques. The sky is lit up with red, white, and blue fireworks with every participant decked out in stars and stripes. But few Americans stop to wonder about the true meaning of our nation’s greatest symbol. What is the story behind the flag's stars and stripes?