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White House

Type   Government Building
Historical Name of Location   Washington, United States

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ww2dbaseSince 1800, the White House had been the official residence and workplace of the President of the United States. Located in the US capital city of Washington, the building was designed by James Hoban and was built between 1792 and 1800. It was reconstructed starting in 1814 after much of the original building was damaged by the British Army during the War of 1812. Until the WW2-era, major reconstructions, expansions, and renovations took place during the presidencies of Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, Franklin Roosevelt, and Harry Truman. It was Taft who established the first Oval Office, which Roosevelt moved to the location at the present, adjacent to the Rose Garden. When the United States entered the war in Dec 1941, the Secret Service installed bulletproof glass in the windows of the Oval Office, painted some windows black and installed black out curtains on the others, and placed submachine gun wielding sentries on the roof of the building to ensure Roosevelt's safety. During the war years, the White House hosted foreign dignitaries such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, Queen Wilhelmina of the Netherlands, Chinese First Lady Song Meiling, Philippine President Manuel Quezon, and many others. Roosevelt and Truman also awarded high honors in the White House or on the adjacent lawns and gardens. On 14 Aug 1945, Truman announced the Japanese surrender at a reporter-filled Oval Office, popularly marking the end of the war for Americans.

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White House Timeline

14 Feb 1941 Kichisaburo Nomura presented his credentials to Franklin Roosevelt at the White House, Washington DC, United States.
6 Nov 1941 Franklin Roosevelt had dinner with Princess Märtha of Sweden (Crown Princess of Norway) at the White House in Washington DC, United States.
15 Nov 1941 Franklin Roosevelt had lunch with Princess Märtha of Sweden (Crown Princess of Norway) at the White House in Washington DC, United States, followed by a private showing of the film Dumbo.
7 Dec 1941 Franklin Roosevelt met with Chinese ambassador Hu Shih at the White House in Washington DC, United States, had lunch with Harry Hopkins, and at 1347 hours he was interrupted by a telephone call from Frank Knox, informing him of the Pearl Harbor attack. At 2030 hours, Roosevelt gave a briefing to a small group of Congressmen.
8 Dec 1941 Edward Murrow and his wife Janet had dinner at the White House in Washington DC, United States with Eleanor Roosevelt. The dinner was arranged prior to the Japanese attack, and Murrow had expected the invitation to be canceled, but surprisingly Franklin Roosevelt insisted that the plans be kept; although Roosevelt was too busy to join them at the meal, he would make sure to meet with Murrow for some time late in the evening.
23 Dec 1941 Churchill and Roosevelt met at the White House, Washington DC during the First Washington Conference (Arcadia).
5 Feb 1943 Major General Alexander A. Vandegrift, commanding officer of US 1st Marine Division, was decorated with the Medal of Honor at a White House ceremony.
17 Mar 1943 George Kenney and Richard Sutherland met with Franklin Roosevelt at the White House in Washington DC, United States. Later on the same day, Roosevelt called in Kenney for a second meeting, during which Kenney successfully lobbied for additional aircraft to be assigned to the USAAF in Australia.
25 Mar 1943 George Kenney attended the posthumous Medal of Honor award ceremony for Brigadier General Kenneth Walker at the White House in Washington DC, United States.
14 May 1945 William Donovan met with the new US President Harry Truman at the White House in Washington DC, United States. Truman only granted him 15 minutes as he did not value the Office of Strategic Services (OSS).
30 May 1986 US President Ronald Reagan, Vice President George Bush, and other high level officials posthumously awarded Joseph Rochefort the Distinguished Service Medal at the White House in Washington DC, United States.

Photographs

Franklin Roosevelt presenting Hiram Bearss and David Dixon Porter Medals of Honor, White House, Washington DC, United States, 25 Apr 1934President of Boy Scouts of America Walter Head, US President Franklin Roosevelt, and Chief Scout Executive James West at the Oval Office, White House, Washington DC, United States, 8 Feb 1937Wilhelmina with Roosevelt at the White House, Washington DC, United States, 1941Ambassador Kichisaburo Nomura arriving at the White House with his credentials, Washington DC, United States, 14 Feb 1941
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WW2-Era Place Name Washington, United States
Lat/Long 38.8977, -77.0366
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Franklin Roosevelt presenting Hiram Bearss and David Dixon Porter Medals of Honor, White House, Washington DC, United States, 25 Apr 1934
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