Following the Bobsleigh and Luge events at Sochi? In 1980 the US Team needed congressional intervention:
Congress in the Archives will feature staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Sharon Fitzpatrick.
In preparation for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY, Congress passed H.R. 5146, a bill to provide duty-free entry of competition bobsleds and luges. The House Committee on Ways and Means reported, “The President’s Commission on Olympic Sports agrees that a major impediment to participation in these sports is the high cost of equipment. There are no American bobsled or luge manufacturers and this legislation would not adversely affect any United States industry.”
As shown in the document above, the bill was approved by conference report and signed into law on November 9, 1978.
Bill File for H.R. 5146, 11/9/1978, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives
Article II, Section 3, Clause 1 of the Constitution requires that the President “… shall from time to time give to the Congress Information of the State of the Union, and recommend to their Consideration such Measures as he shall judge necessary and expedient.”
President Reagan’s 1986 State of the Union was originally scheduled for the day of the Challenger explosion, January 28, 1986, but it was postponed by a week in response to the accident. Reagan began his message by paying tribute to “the brave seven” Challenger crew members and later reiterated the nation’s commitment to the space program. The version shown above is the official copy Reagan handed to the President of the Senate before the address. The text differs slightly from the final speech made by the President.
First and Last Pages of President Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union Message to Congress, 2/4/1986, Records of the U.S. Senate
Restoring Normal Immigration Procedures for Cuban Nationals, 01/26/1988
In light of the Government of Cuba’s announced decision on November 20, 1987 to begin immediate reimplementation of the December 14, 1984 U.S.-Cuba migration agreement and subsequent actions that evince its intention to abide by this commitment, U.S. efforts set forth in National Security Decision Directive 235 of August 18, 1987 (hereinafter, “NSDD 235”) are determined to have succeeded in obtaining Cuba’s agreement to restore normal immigration procedures…
"President Ronald Reagan greets CAPT. Grace Hopper as she arrives at the White House for her promotion to commodore, 12/15/1983"
Did you notice today’s Google Doodle dedicated to computing pioneer and U.S.Navy Rear Admiral Grace Hopper’s 107th birthday ? Our colleagues at the National Archives at Kansas City found this photo of then-Captain Hopper during her promotion to Commodore 30 years ago in December 1983.
(There are dozens more photos of Rear Admiral Hopper in our online catalog.)
More sharks from the National shArchives!
The original caption reads: “A shark attacks a surveillance towed array sensor system (SURTASS) cable, 04/01/1986”
Can anyone identify the species of shark in the photograph?
This shark gets a beauty treatment on its teeth!
“A member of the 23rd Equipment Maintenance Squadron corrosion control section removes masking from a 23rd Tactical Fighter Wing A-10A Thunderbolt II aircraft after painting it with fresh “shark’s teeth” in 1986.”
Smile - It’s shark week in the #sharchives!
Announcing the nomination
This draft press release from President Ronald Reagan’s administration announces the nomination of Sandra Day O’Connor to become the first woman Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. O’Connor worked as a lawyer and then a judge in Arizona before becoming an Associate Justice in the U.S. Supreme Court. She retired in 2006.
Sally Ride, the first female American astronaut to go into space, blasted off aboard NASA’s Space Shuttle Challenger 30 years ago, on June 18, 1983, as a mission specialist for Space Transportation System Mission 7 (STS-7).
April 25 is World Penguin Day!
"Four emperor penguin chicks huddle together in a quarantine area at Sea World. The penguins were flown to the U.S. from McMurdo Station, Antarctica, to be part of a National Science Foundation study, 11/16/1988"MSgt. Jose Lopez, Jr, photographer.
Many thanks to our junior curators, Thea and Liam, here as part of Take your Child to Work Day at the National Archives, who helped to select the best penguin photo to share!