George H. W. Bush
George H. W. Bush’s Panama Invasion Address

George H. W. Bush’s Panama Invasion Address

On December 20, 1989, the United States Armed Forces invaded Panama in Operation Just Cause. As a result of the invasion, dictator Manuel Noriega was deposed, the Panamanian Defense Force dissolved, and president-elect Guillermo Endara was sworn into office. The U.S. relationship with Noriega had started out on a more … Continue reading

Che Guevara
Che Guevara Addresses The United Nations

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On December 11, 1964, Che Guevara addressed the United Nations General Assembly as head of the Cuban delegation. In expressing Cuba’s frustration with the actions of the United States, he says: “The United States, furthermore, tried to get the UN to inspect our territory. But we emphatically refuse, since Cuba … Continue reading

Dwight D. Eisenhower
Eisenhower’s Atoms For Peace Speech


On December 8, 1953, President Dwight D. Eisenhower delivered a speech to the UN General Assembly entitled “Atoms for Peace”. Following this speech, the United States launched the “Atoms for Peace” program, which supplied equipment and information to schools, hospitals and research institutions both in the U.S. and abroad. This … Continue reading

Ronald Reagan
Ronald Reagan Steps Into The Political Spotlight


On October 27, 1964, Ronald Reagan gave a speech in support of Republican Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater that launched Reagan’s political career. The speech became known as “A Time for Choosing.” This video shows a clip from the speech in which Reagan discusses the Democrat’s attitude towards the Soviet Union, … Continue reading

Cold War
President John F. Kennedy on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty


“I speak to you tonight in a spirit of hope”. On July 26, 1963, President John F. Kennedy addressed the nation regarding the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, also known as the Partial Test Ban Treaty. Explaining the treaty, he says: “Negotiations were concluded in Moscow on a treaty to ban … Continue reading

Richard Nixon
Nixon’s ‘Checkers’ Speech in 1952


On September 23, 1952, Richard Nixon, a California senator at the time, went on air to defend himself against accusations of an established fund–created by his backers–that would reimburse him for his political expenses. He says, “Not one cent of the 18 thousand dollars or any other money of that … Continue reading

World War II
[Text] Charles de Gaulle’s ‘But Paris Liberated!’ Speech


On August 25, 1944, French General Charles de Gaulle entered Paris, which had been liberated the day before. From the Hôtel de Ville, he made a spirited speech to a large crowd with these famous lines, “Paris outraged! Paris broken! Paris martyred! But Paris liberated!” An audio recording of Gaulle’s speech is available below. The … Continue reading

Grand Canyon
[Text] Theodore Roosevelt’s Admiration for the Grand Canyon

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“I hope you will not have a building of any kind, not a summer cottage, a hotel, or anything else, to mar the wonderful grandeur…Leave it as it is. You can not improve on it.” President of the United States from 1901 to 1909, Theodore Roosevelt is considered the “Father … Continue reading

Winston Churchill
Churchill’s ‘Never Was So Much Owed by So Many to So Few’ Speech


In this audio recording, former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill made a speech to incite confidence and inspiration to his countrymen on August 20, 1940 as the United Kingdom prepared for a German invasion during World War II. The Allies had suffered some demoralizing defeats in the past few months … Continue reading