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BOWLING ALLEY INAUGURATED IN 1947

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President Harry S. Truman (above) officially opened the first
White House bowling alley on April 25, 1947. The two-lane
bowling alley, situated in the West Wing, had been constructed
earlier that year.
 
          

According to Smithsonian magazine, a group of Truman’s
fellow Missourians funded the construction of the bowling
alley in honor of the president. They had intended to open
the alley as part of Truman’s 63rd birthday celebration on
May 8, but construction was completed ahead of schedule.


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The Harry S. Truman Bowling Alley entertains thousands of
White House staffers and their guests each year.

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CORNERSTONE LAID ON THIS DAY IN 1792

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George Washington (left) lays the cornerstone of the White House.


The cornerstone was laid for a presidential residence in the newly
designated capital city of
Washington, D.C. In 1800, President
John Adams became the first president to reside in the executive
mansion, which soon became known as the “White House” because
its white-gray
Virginia freestone contrasted strikingly with the red
brick of nearby buildings.

 

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FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENTIAL DOCTOR – 1961

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On January 26, 1961, just about a week after his inauguration,
President
John F. Kennedy appointed Janet Travell, 59 (above),
as his personal physician, making her the first woman in history
to hold the post.

Dr. Travell possessed an impressive resume that included
graduating with honors from Wellesley College, internships
in cardiology, a professorship in clinical pharmacology at
Cornell University and an established reputation as a pioneer
in the treatment of chronic myofascial pain.

 

 

Janet Travell: The First Female Presidential Physician
Dr. Travell with President Kennedy.

The Timeline Project: Dr. Janet G. Travell - Physician
Janet Graeme Travell (December 17, 1901 – August 1, 1997)

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CORNERSTONE LAID ON THIS DAY IN 1792

United States Capitol cornerstone laying - Wikipedia


After eight years of construction on the White House, President
John Adams and his wife,  Abigail, moved into the unfinished
home in 1800.


 

     

 

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WHITE HOUSE BLACKENED BY FIRE IN 1814

During the War of 1812, British troops burned the White House in ...

 

On August 24, 1814, during the War of 1812 between the United States and
England, British troops entered
Washington, D.C. and burned the White
House
in retaliation for the American attack on the city of York in Ontario,
Canada, in June 1813.

When the British arrived at the White House, they found that President
James Madison and his first lady Dolley had already fled to safety in
Maryland. Soldiers reportedly sat down to eat a meal made of leftover
food from the White House scullery using White House dishes and silver
before ransacking the presidential mansion and setting it ablaze.

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President James Madison and wife Dolly.

The British Burn Washington, D.C., 200 Years Ago - HISTORY

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