Although he was not the first president, Teddy Roosevelt who died on January 6, 1919, was a president of many firsts – and mosts and onlys. Taking office in 1901 at the age of 42, he was our youngest president. (In 1904, he became the first president elected to a term in his own right after having ascended to the presidency from the Vice-Presidency upon the death of his predecessor.) In 1902, he became the first president to ride in an automobile, and in 1905, the first to submerge in a submarine. He was also the first to fly in an airplane. He was the first American to win a Nobel Peace Prize (1906) and one of only three Presidents to ever win it.
Roosevelt was probably the only president to carry a big stick, which may have given him the confidence to be the only president never to use the word “I” in an inaugural address. He was the only one-eyed president, after losing the sight in one eye in a 1904 boxing match with a professional fighter. Though not the only military hero who became president, he was the only one to lead a charge up San Juan Hill.
And he was the only president named after an animal – the teddy bear – although two later presidents were named after plants.
January 6, 1969
“It was the darndest thing I’ve ever seen. It was big, it was very bright, it changed colors and it was about the size of the moon. We watched it for ten minutes, but none of us could figure out what it was. …If I become president, I’ll make every piece of information this country has about UFO sightings available to the public and the scientists.”
A banner day for ufologists: The guy who spotted a UFO that day did go on to become president. And chances are Jimmy Carter was the only president ever to spot a UFO. Not even Teddy Roosevelt did that.
On January 6, 1936, Warner Brothers introduced the cartoon, Gold Diggers of ’49, providing a platform for a new character name of Porky Pig. Next day on his dressing room, they hung a star, and Porky went on with the show for another 153 cartoon appearances, Warner’s longest running character.