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Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower -- 34th President; Terms: 1953-1961; Political Party: Republican; First Lady: Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower; Vice President: Richard M. Nixon

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'Peace signifies more than the stilling of guns, easing the sorrow of war. More than escape from death, it is a way of life. More than a haven for the weary, it is a hope for the brave.' (1953)

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Born: October 14, 1890; Denison, Texas... Eisenhower was the first president to work with three sessions of Congress controlled by an opposing political party...Dwight Eisenhower entered the White House intending to preside over a period of national recovery from the tumult of the Roosevelt/Truman administrations. His "hidden-hand" style of governing indicated to some an air of conformity and aloofness, yet the general public held him in high esteem. Confounding caricature, the military legend cut defense spending and warned against the unchecked growth of a military-industrial complex...Died: March 28, 1969.

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  • Julius and Ethel Rosenberg executed for espionage (1953)
  • Racial segregation of schools ruled unconstitutional (1954)
  • First McDonald's restaurant opens (1955)
  • Peron deposed as dictator in Argentina (1955)
  • Soviet Union forms Warsaw pact (1955)
  • First commercial nuclear power plant opens in Pennsylvania (1957)
  • Soviets launch Sputnik (1957)
  • First domestic jetliner service begins between New York and Miami (1958)
  • First televised presidential debates (1960)

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