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Today in History

On this day in 1933, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt gave his first radio address to the nation, which were later termed fireside chats.[1] This first fireside chat was conducted on March 12, eight days post his inauguration.[2] This was during the United States' "...lowest point of the Great Depression,..." when twenty-five to thirty-three percent of the workforce was out of employment.[3] FDR broadcast this chat from within the White House and went on to broadcast thirty more in approximately the next eleven years.[4]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt in 1933.[5]

Could you have a genealogical connection to FDR? His lineage supposedly has many very interesting historical figures as direct ancestors, including multiple Mayflower passengers, Kings Edward I and Henry III of England, multiple Magna Carta sureties, Kings Louis VI and Robert I of France, William the Conqueror, Alfred the Great (King of the Anglo-Saxons) and Charlemagne (King of the Franks).[6]

If you have ever been interesting in finding out if you are related to a United States President, Mayflower passenger, Magna Carta surety, King of England, France or elsewhere, now is the time to find out. Post, message or e-mail if you have any questions about these historical figures or researching your family tree.

[1] "FDR broadcast first 'fireside chat' during the Great Depression," Editors, History, ( : accessed 12 March 2021) para. 1.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Ibid., para. 3.

[4] Ibid.

[5] Franklin Delano Roosevelt photograph, 27 December 1933, by Elias Goldensky; digital image, United States' Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division; Wikiqoute ( : accessed 12 March 2021), top of right column.

[6] Famous Kin of Franklin D. Roosevelt, Famouskin ( : accessed 12 March 2021).

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