Dwight D. Eisenhower

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower

Profession: 34th US President & WWII General

United States of America

Political Party: Republican Republican Party
Political Titles: 1st Supreme Allied Commander Europe

Presidential Term: January 20, 1953 - January 20, 1961
Preceded By: Harry Truman
Succeeded By: John F. Kennedy

Biography: During World War II, Eisenhower was the Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces. In this position he oversaw all Allied operations in Europe, including Operation Torch in North Africa, the D-Day landings in 1944 and the eventual invasion and occupation of Germany itself.

Eisenhower assumed the presidency in 1953. Domestically the United States experienced a period of economic expansion and prosperity previously unseen as the economy adjusted to the post-war environment. This included the construction of the Interstate Highway System. To combat segregation he sent federal troops to enforce the desegregation of Little Rock in Arkansas.

The Korean War came to a conclusion with an armistice in the first months of his presidency, and much of his time was spent managing increasingly dangerous relations with the Soviet Union as the Cold War reached its height.

Born: October 14, 1890
Birthplace: Denison, Texas, USA

Generation: Lost Generation
Star Sign: Libra

Died: March 28, 1969 (aged 78)
Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure

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Married Life

  • 1916-07-01 Dwight Eisenhower marries Mary `Mamie' Geneva Doud in Denver, Colorado

Historical Events

  • 1942-06-25 Major General Dwight Eisenhower appointed commander of US forces in Europe
  • 1942-08-14 Dwight D. Eisenhower named commander for invasion of North Africa
  • 1942-11-08 Operation Torch; began as US and British forces under Eisenhower land in French North Africa
  • 1943-02-11 US General Eisenhower selected to command the allied armies in Europe; British General Montgomery not best pleased
  • 1943-02-12 General Eisenhower departs Algiers for Tebessa
  • 1943-02-13 German assault on Sidi Bou Zid Tunisia, General Dwight D. Eisenhower visits front
  • 1943-04-14 Generals Alexander, Eisenhower, Anderson and Bradley discuss assault on Tunis
  • 1943-05-29 Conference at of Algiers between Winston Churchill, George Marshall and General Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1943-09-29 US General Dwight D. Eisenhower and Italian Marshal Pietro Badoglio sign an armistice
  • 1943-12-24 US President FDR appoints General Eisenhower Supreme Commander of the Allied forces
  • 1943-12-27 Montgomery discusses Overlord with Eisenhower & Bedell Smith
  • 1944-01-15 General Eisenhower arrives in England
  • 1944-01-16 General Eisenhower takes command of Allied Invasion Force in London
  • 1944-03-21 General Eisenhower postpones invasion of the south of France until after Normandy
  • 1944-04-14 General Eisenhower becomes the Supreme Allied Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Force
  • 1944-05-15 Eisenhower, Montgomery, Churchill and King George VI discuss the plan for D-Day
  • 1944-05-17 General Eisenhower sets D-Day for June 5th
  • 1944-06-02 Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower and Bernard Montgomery dine in Portsmouth, England
  • 1944-06-04 General Eisenhower cancels planned D-Day invasion on June 5th after receiving unfavorable weather reports
  • 1944-06-05 After receiving favorable weather reports, General Eisenhower decides to proceed with the D-Day invasion on June 6
  • 1944-07-01 General Eisenhower visits front in Normandy
  • 1944-07-20 General Eisenhower visits Montgomery's headquarter in Normandy
  • 1944-08-23 British general Bernard Montgomery consults with US Generals Omar Bradley and Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • 1944-10-18 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and Bernard Montgomery confer in Brussels, Belgium
  • 1944-12-15 US Congress gives General Eisenhower his 5th star
  • 1944-12-28 Eisenhower & Montgomery meet in Hasselt, Belgium
  • 1944-12-29 General Eisenhower's train returns to Versailles
  • 1945-03-05 Generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, George S. Patton and Alexander Patch meet in Lunéville, France
  • 1945-03-24 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Bernard Montgomery and Omar Bradley discuss advance in Germany
  • 1945-03-26 Allied generals Dwight D. Eisenhower, Omar Bradley and George S. Patton launch attack at Remagen on the Rhine
  • 1945-03-27 General Eisenhower declares German defenses on Western Front broken
  • 1945-10-06 US General Eisenhower welcomed in The Hague (on Hitler's train)
  • 1947-02-23 US General Eisenhower opens drive to raise $170M in aid for European Jews
  • 1947-10-14 Dutch Queen Wilhelmina gives golden award to general Eisenhower
  • 1948-02-07 Omar Bradley succeeds Dwight Eisenhower as US Army Chief of Staff
  • 1950-11-19 US General Eisenhower becomes supreme commander of NATO-Europe
  • 1950-12-19 General Eisenhower named NATO commander
  • 1952-04-28 Dwight D. Eisenhower resigns as Supreme Commander of NATO
  • 1952-07-11 General Eisenhower nominated as Republican US presidential candidate
  • 1952-11-04 Republican candidate Dwight D. Eisenhower is elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Adlai Stevenson
  • 1952-11-29 US President-elect Eisenhower visits Korea to assess war
  • 1953-01-20 1st live US coast-to-coast inauguration address (Eisenhower)
  • 1953-02-11 President Eisenhower refuses clemency appeal for Rosenberg couple
  • 1953-05-22 US President Eisenhower signs Offshore Oil Bill
  • 1953-06-14 Eisenhower condemns McCarthy's book burning proposal
  • 1953-08-13 US President Dwight Eisenhower establishes Government Contract Compliance Committee
  • 1953-12-03 US President Dwight Eisenhower criticizes Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy for saying communists are in the Republican Party
  • 1953-12-08 Dwight D. Eisenhower gives his "Atoms for Peace" speech at the United Nations in New York
  • 1953-12-16 1st White House Press Conference (President Eisenhower & 161 reporters)
  • 1954-02-02 President Eisenhower announces the detonation of the world's 1st hydrogen bomb (tested in 1952)
  • 1954-02-10 President Dwight Eisenhower warns against US intervention in Vietnam
  • 1954-04-07 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower in news conference is first to voice fear of a "domino-effect" of communism in Indo-China
  • 1954-06-14 President Eisenhower signs order adding words "under God" to the Pledge
  • 1954-07-12 President Eisenhower put forward a plan for an interstate highway system
  • 1954-08-24 US President Eisenhower signs Communist Control Act, outlawing the Communist Party, at height of McCarthyism
  • 1954-10-24 Dwight D. Eisenhower pledges United States' support to South Vietnam
  • 1954-10-27 President Eisenhower offers aid to South Vietnam Prime Minister Ngô Đình Diệm
  • 1955-01-19 1st presidential news conference filmed for TV (Eisenhower)
  • 1955-02-02 1st presidential news conference on network TV-Eisenhower on ABC
  • 1955-02-12 President Eisenhower sends 1st US advisors to South Vietnam
  • 1955-03-16 President Eisenhower upholds the use of atomic weapons in case of war
  • 1955-06-07 1st President to appear on color TV (Eisenhower)
  • 1955-06-15 The Eisenhower administration stages the first annual "Operation Alert" (OPAL) exercise, an attempt to assess the USA's preparations for a nuclear attack
  • 1955-08-04 Eisenhower authorizes $46 million for construction of CIA headquarters
  • 1955-08-12 US President Eisenhower raises minimum wage from 75 cents to $1 an hour
  • 1955-09-24 US President Eisenhower suffers a heart attack on vacation in Denver
  • 1956-02-29 US President Eisenhower announces he will seek a 2nd term
  • 1956-05-28 Eisenhower signs farm bill allows government to store agricultural surplus
  • 1956-08-22 US President Eisenhower and VP Richard Nixon renominated by Republican convention in San Francisco
  • 1956-11-06 Dwight D. Eisenhower is re-elected President of the United States, defeating Democrat candidate Adlai Stevenson
  • 1957-01-05 US President Eisenhower asks Congress to send troops to the Middle East
  • 1957-01-30 US Congress accepts "Eisenhower-doctrine"
  • 1957-07-12 1st President to fly in helicopter-Dwight Eisenhower
  • 1957-09-09 US President Eisenhower signs 1st civil rights bill since Reconstruction
  • 1957-09-23 President Dwight D. Eisenhower orders US troops to support integration of nine black students at Little Rock Central High School in Arkansas
  • 1957-10-10 US President Eisenhower apologizes to the finance minister of Ghana, Komla Agbeli Gbdemah, after he is refused service in a restaurant in Dover, Delaware
  • 1957-11-25 US President Dwight Eisenhower suffers a mild stroke, impairing his speech
  • 1958-05-08 US President Eisenhower orders National Guard out of Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas
  • 1958-07-07 President Eisenhower signed a bill approving Alaskan statehood
  • 1958-07-15 President Eisenhower sends US troops to Lebanon; they stay 3 months
  • 1958-07-29 US President Eisenhower signs into law National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958
  • 1958-12-19 1st radio broadcast from space, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower Christmas message "to all mankind, America's wish for peace on Earth and goodwill to men everywhere"
  • 1959-03-18 US President Dwight D. Eisenhower signs Hawaii statehood bill
  • 1959-06-03 US President Eisenhower routes Canadian premier Diefenbaker a message off the Moon
  • 1959-06-26 Queen Elizabeth & President Eisenhower open St Lawrence Seaway
  • 1959-09-02 US President Eisenhower arrives in Paris
  • 1959-12-08 President Eisenhower watches Pakistan v Aust Test Cricket at Karachi
  • 1960-01-19 Eisenhower & Premier Kishi sign US-Japanese Security pact
  • 1960-03-17 US President Eisenhower forms anti-Castro-exile army under the CIA
  • 1960-05-06 US President Eisenhower signs Civil Rights Act of 1960
  • 1960-06-16 President Eisenhower cancels trip to Japan
  • 1961-01-17 US President Dwight Eisenhower allegedly orders assassination of Congo's Patrice Lumumba
  • 1961-01-17 President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivers a televised farewell address to the nation three days before leaving office, in which he warns against the accumulation of power by the "military-industrial complex".
  • 1968-02-06 Former President Dwight Eisenhower shot a hole-in-one
  • 1970-12-31 Congress authorizes Eisenhower dollar coin
  • 1971-01-25 Philadelphia mint's 1st trial strike of Eisenhower dollar
  • 1971-11-01 Eisenhower dollar put into circulation
  • 1973-03-08 Eisenhower Tunnel, world's highest and US longest, opens 60km west of Denver, Colorado
  • 1973-04-18 US Government ends Mandatory Oil Import Program, established in 1959 by President Eisenhower

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