Happy Birthday FDR – January 30, 1936 – Past Daily Reference Room
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Lest we all forget, 132 years ago today is President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s birthday, born January 30, 1882.
In 1936 it was a national celebration, and parties were held all over the country to commemorate the occasion.
And it was a media event. The combined radio networks carried a one-hour special program throughout the country, with live broadcasts from coast to coast and a message of thanks from the President. Bear in mind, this was 1936 and network radio was still pretty new at the time and technological advances were such that being able to hear a broadcast from New York, Washington D.C. and Los Angeles at the same time was an exciting event to witness. And since President Roosevelt was the first to take advantage of this new media, it was only natural that the magic of radio would be on hand to help him blow out the candles on his birthday cake.
Here is that one hour broadcast as it was heard all over the country on January 30, 1936.