July 18, 1918 - December 5, 2013
President William J. Clinton with Nelson Mandela participating in the Philadelphia Liberty Medal Awards Ceremony and Festival outside Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 07/04/1993.
Robert McNeely, photographer.
Acknowledging & Apologizing for the Overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii
President William Jefferson Clinton signing Public Law 103-150 in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, D.C., 11/23/1993. The resolution acknowledged the 100th anniversary of the January 17, 1893 overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii and offered an apology to Native Hawaiians on behalf of the United States for the overthrow of the Kingdom of Hawaii. Vice President Albert Gore, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Daniel K. Akaka and Representatives Patsy T. Mink and Neil Abercrombie are present. The image was photographed by Sharon Farmer.
For more context on the annexation of Hawaii, be sure to see:
Today is the last day to vote! Do you want the Americans with Disabilities Act to be displayed first in the new “Records of Rights” gallery?
At the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act (known as the ADA) on July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush said,
“Three weeks ago we celebrated our nation’s Independence Day. Today we’re here to rejoice in and celebrate another ’Independence Day,’ one that is long overdue. With today’s signing of the landmark Americans for Disabilities Act, every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom.”
Image: On July 26, 1990, President George Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law. With him on the South Lawn of the White House are (from left to right, sitting) Evan Kemp, Chairman of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and Justin Dart, Chairman of the President’s Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities; and (left to right, standing) Rev. Harold Wilke and Swift Parrino, Chairperson, National Council on Disability. Image from the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library.
Subject: STS-95 Downlink Mail
Dear Mr. President,
This is certainly a first for me, writing to a President from space, and it may be a first for you in receiving an E mail direct from an orbiting spacecraft…
Writing from space
On February 20, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. In 1998, he returned to space at the age of 77, aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery (STS-95) on October 29, 1998. In the 36 years since his first orbit, both spacecraft and communication technology had advanced significantly – Senator Glenn could now communicate with the president via email directly from space.
“The U.S. Navy’s attack submarine USS POGY (SSN 647) surfaces through 18 inches of Arctic ice. Standing lookout and perched high on the sail of the boat is Radioman Second Class Mark Sisson. While personnel are out on the ice, a lookout is continuously posted to scan the horizon for polar bear activity.…During the several thousand mile trek, the submarine collected data on the chemical, biological, and physical properties of the Arctic Ocean, and conducted experiments in geophysics, ice mechanics, pollution detection, and other areas…11/05/1996”
Camera Operator: PH2 Steven Vanderwerff
President William J. Clinton presides over the historic handshake of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) Chairman Yasser Arafat during the Middle East Peace Agreement signing ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, September 13, 1993.
Photograph at the Middle East Peace Agreement Ceremony, 09/13/1993. Vince Musi, Photographer. From the series: Photographs Relating to the Clinton Administration, 01/20/1993 - 01/20/2001
In honor of Shark Week, we found this close encounter in the Records of the Office of the Secretary of Defense
The original caption reads: A soldier grips the rope ladder extended from the rear of a helicopter as a shark fin passes in the water close below. Exact Date Shot Unknown, 01/01/1996.
On June 29, 1995, the Space Shuttle Atlantis docked with the Russian Mir Space Station, marking the first Shuttle-Mir docking. NASA STS-71 had several other firsts: when docked together the Shuttle and Mir made the largest spacecraft ever in orbit; the first changeout of a shuttle crew in orbit; and it was the 100th U.S. human space launch conducted from the Cape.
(See also the NASA Mission Archive for STS-71, via NASA.gov)
Inauguration Fact: The inaugural ball tradition began with the first inauguration, held in New York.
It was unofficial, and President Washington attended alone—his wife had not yet arrived in New York.
Dolley Madison planned the first official ball, held for her husband President James Madison in Long’s Hotel in Washington, DC. Guests paid four dollars to attend.
During Woodrow Wilson’s Presidency, the inaugural balls were canceled to preserve the solemnity of the day. Franklin D. Roosevelt brought back the tradition with an official inauguration ball in 1933, but the war would make the following balls more subdued. In 1949, President Truman began the tradition of multiple balls so that more people could participate and see the President and First Lady.
Image: President William Jefferson Clinton and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton Dancing at the Tennessee Inaugural Ball in Washington, DC, 01/20/1997, ARC 5950246, Clinton Presidential Library.
Santa upgrades his sleigh for “Operation Christmas Drop”
Santa Claus (CAPT. Mike d’Albertis, 605th Military Airlift Support Squadron) and STAFF SGT. Tony Thompson, loadmaster with the 21st Tactical Airlift Squadron, watch as a Christmas Drop container is parachuted toward its destination. The annual airdrop is a humanitarian effort providing aid to needy islanders throughout Micronesia during the holiday season, 12/14/1990