Happy Presidents’ Day friends! For those who got a day off of work or school today, you are one lucky duck. I’m in Evans Library today, trying to stay warm and out of the rain.
As it is a national holiday, I thought today’s post would be an educational one about the origins of Presidents’ Day. History Channel gave this background:
Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s Uniform Monday Holiday Act, an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.
Now because I’m a diehard Aggie, I don’t just want to show you the nation’s history, but a little Ag history too. In honor of the day, Texas A&M Today shared a list of every president who has visited our fine university:
- 1937 – Franklin D. Roosevelt – reviewed the Corps of Cadets
- 1946 – Dwight D. Eisenhower – delivered that year’s Muster address
- 1962 – Lyndon B. Johnson – visited the Activation Analysis Research Laboratory
- 1974 – Gerald R. Ford – delivered the commencement speech to the class of ’74
- 1984 – George H.W. Bush – delivered the commencement speech to the class of ’84
- 1997 – Jimmy Carter & Bill Clinton – gave speeches for the opening of Bush Library
- 2008 – George W. Bush – delivered the commencement speech in December ’08
- 2009 – Barack Obama – spoke at the Points of Light Forum at Bush Library
I hope you enjoyed taking a little break from politics, enjoy the last day of your three-day weekend!
Photo: Texas A&M Today