Today in 1943, Franklin D. Roosevelt met with fellow Allied leaders Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin for the Tehran Conference. From November 28 to December 1, the Big Three, as they were known, discussed strategy against Germany and Japan. This included the decision to launch Operation Overlord, the codename for D-Day.
For a glimpse of history in the making, here are two photos from the Tehran Conference in Iran. The one on the left is a well-known image of the Big Three seated on a porch together. The image on the right shows the action around them, including a crowd of photographers with spent flash bulbs by their feet.
Congress in the Archives will feature monthly staff posts on our blog. Today’s post comes from Jacqie Ferry.
Grab your partner and do-si-do. Today is National Square Dance Day! In the early 1970s, aficionados of American square dance came together in support of a series of House joint resolutions to designate square dance as the national folk dance of the United States. Regional square dance organizations and local dance clubs such as the UC Squares of California; the Do-C-Do Square Dance Club of Poughkeepsie, New York; the Merry Mixers of Grangeville, Idaho; and the Surf Twirlers of Santa Cruz, California, gathered thousands of signatures in support of the legislation. Sadly for these square dancers the House joint resolutions were never passed. And while November 29 is now widely celebrated as Square Dance Day, it has never been officially designated as such by Congress. But don’t let that stop you from swinging your partner round and round in celebration of this uniquely American dance.
Letter from UC Squares of California, circa 1972, Records of the U.S. House of Representatives