Theodore Roosevelt was the 26th President of the United States. He had
been the 25th Vice President before becoming President upon the
assassination of President William McKinley. Inaugurated at the age of
42, Roosevelt became the youngest President in U.S. history. Within
the Republican Party, he was a reformer who sought to bring the
party's conservative ideals into the 20th century. He broke with his
friend and successor William Howard Taft and ran as a third party
candidate in 1912 on the Progressive Party ticket. Before his
presidency, Roosevelt served as a New York State assemblyman, Police
Commissioner of New York City, U.S. Civil Service Commissioner, and
Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Navy. As a colonel, he commanded his
famous all-volunteer First U.S. National Cavalry regiment, the "Rough
Riders" during the Spanish-American War. Roosevelt also served a
successful term as Governor of New York. He was a famous historian and
naturalist; his 15 books include works on outdoor life, natural
history, U.S. Western and political history, an autobiography and a
host of other topics. In his lifetime, he was considered a foremost
authority on North American big game animals and Eastern birds.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
The remains of Saint Nicephorus were brought back to Constantinople to
be interred at the Church of the Holy Apostles.
William Herschel discovered the planet Uranus.
Tsar Alexander II of Russia was assassinated in a Nihilist plot by
Mongolia, under the Black Baron, proclaimed its independence from
Viet Minh forces under Vo Nguyen Giap unleashed a massive artillery
barrage on the French military to begin the Battle of Dien Bien Phu,
the final battle in the First Indochina War.
Wikiquote of the day:
"Don't play for safety. It's the most dangerous thing in the world."
-- Hugh Walpole