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  • Washington Crosses Delaware

    George Washington

    This picture provided by the Metropolitan Museum of Art shows the painting "Washington Crossing the Delaware" by Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze.
  • Abraham Lincoln

    "Abraham Lincoln's First Recitation of the Emancipation Proclamation to his Cabinet," painting by Francis Bicknell Carpenter. President Lincoln's Executive Order freeing the slaves in the rebel states went into effect Jan. 1, 1863.
  • Abraham Lincoln

    On Nov. 19, 1863 President Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address at the dedication of a Civil War military cemetery. Painting by Fletcher Cransom.
    Fletcher Cransom
  • Teddy Roosevelt

    President Theodore Roosevelt and conservationist John Muir at Yosemite' Glacier Point in 1903.
  • Woodrow Wilson

    On June 28, 1919 World War I was officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. President Woodrow Wilson is flanked by French Premier Georges Clemenceau (l) and British Prime Minister Lloyd George as they acknowledge cheers outside after the signing ceremony.
  • Calvin Coolidge

    Wearing a chief's headdress, President Calvin Coolidge was adopted into the Sioux Tribe on June 23, 1927 at Fort Yates on the south-central border of North Dakota.
    Library of Congress Photo

    Franklin Roosevelt

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt sat at the steering wheel of his automobile at Warm Springs, Ga., on April 4, 1939. (AP Photo/File)
    FILE | AP
  • Dwight Eisenhower

    Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower is shown in March 1944, when as commander of the invasion forces, he prepared for the invasion of Europe. Standing beside Ike was British Air Chief Sir Arthur W. Tedder. In left background was Field Marshall Bernard L. Montgomery.
    Frank Schersche
  • Harry truman

    It's Feb. 10, 1945 and entertaining at the National Press Club Canteen in Washington was actress Lauren Bacall and pianist Vice President Harry S. Truman.

    Franklin Roosevelt

    President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (center) met with British Prime Minister Winston (left) and Soviet leader Josef Stalin at the Yalta Conference, Feb. 1945.

    Harry Truman

    Harry Truman is shown holding a Nov. 3, 1948 edition of the Chicago Daily Tribune falsely proclaiming that Thomas Dewey had defeated the incumbent Truman in the presidential election. In fact, Truman was re-elected. The error was caused by an early production deadline.
  • Harry Truman

    Probably one of the most unpopular of Harry Truman's moves during his seven years and nine months as president was the firing of Gen. Douglas MacArthur. But Truman never publicly wavered in the belief that he did the right thing. Here Truman and MacArthur meet on Wake island, Oct. 1950.

    Dwight Eisenhower

    Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, right, showed his running mate, Calif. Sen. Richard M. Nixon, how to cast for fish during an interlude at Eisenhower's vacation retreat near Fraser, Colo., in this July 27, 1952, photo.
  • John Kennedy

    Award winning photo of President John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office by George Tames of the New York Times. Feb. 10, 1961
    George Tames
  • John Kennedy

    Caroline and John Kennedy Jr. ("John-John") visited their father, President John F. Kennedy, in the Oval Office in 1962.
    Cecil Stoughton
  • John Kennedy

    The Cuban Missile Crisis ended as President John F. Kennedy informed the nation that Soviet missile bases "are being destroyed" on that island. Nov. 2, 1962.

    Lyndon Johnson

    Lyndon B. Johnson was sworn in as President of the United States of America in the cabin of the presidential plane as Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy stood at his side in this Nov. 22,1963 file photo. Judge Sarah T. Hughes, a Kennedy appointee to the Federal court, left, administered the oath. In background, from left was, Jack Valenti, administrative assistant to Johnson; Rep. Albert Thomas, D-Tex.; Mrs. Johnson; and Rep. Jack Brooks, D-Tex.
  • Lyndon Johnson

    U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in Washington on July 2, 1964. Behind Johnson with mustache is Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
    LBJ Library
  • Obit Tasnadi

    Lyndon Johnson

    President Lyndon Baines Johnson displayed the incision from his gall bladder surgery and kidney stone removal at a news conference at Bethesda Naval Hospital in Washington in this Oct. 20, 1965, file photo taken by Associated Press photographer Charles Tasnadi.
  • Lyndon Johnson

    President Lyndon Johnson circa March 1967, with his beagle pups, His and Hers, lifts Hers off the ground by the ears in front of some visiting bankers on the back lawn of the White House.
    Charles Gorry, AP
  • Richard Nixon

    During his groundbreaking diplomatic trip to China, President Richard M. Nixon met with Chinese President Mao Zedong in Beijing, Feb. 21, 1972.
    Associated Press
  • Richard Nixon

    In the East Room of the White House, President Richard Nixon said farewell to the people who served him before his resignation. Standing beside him was his daughter Tricia Nixon Cox. Aug. 8, 1972.
  • Gerald Ford

    Gerald Ford takes the oath of office as President of the United States. Administering the oath is Chief Justice Warren Burger as Mrs. Ford watches. The ceremony took place as Richard Nixon's resignation became effective.
  • Gerald Ford

    President Gerald Ford made a memorable entrance into Austria when he stumbled off the plane in June, 1975, while being greeted by Austrian Federal Chancellor Bruno Kreisky in Salzburg.
  • Gerald Ford

    Secret Service agents surrounded President Ford in Capitol Park when "Squeaky" Fromme aimed a gun at him Sept. 5, 1975.

    Jimmy Carter

    From the left, Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, President Jimmy Carter, and Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin shook hands during a White House announcement, September 18, 1978, of the accord reached at the Camp David summit.
  • Jimmy Carter

    President Jimmy Carter made a big splash as he fought off a "killer rabbit" with an oar on a small pond near Plains, Ga., April 21, 1979. The rabbit, which the president later guessed was fleeing in panic from some predator, actually swam toward his boat hissing menacingly, its teeth flashing and nostrils flared. Carter was not injured, and reports are unclear about what became of the banzai bunny. (AP Laserphoto)
  • Ronald Reagan

    President Ronald Reagan gave a speech at the Brandenberg Gate near the Berlin Wall on June 12, 1987. During the address, Reagan challenged the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to "Tear down this wall!"
    Roberto Pfeil
  • George H.W. Bush

    During the Gulf War President H.W. Bush shared a Thanksgiving dinner with U.S. troops at an army encampment in the Saudi desert. Nov. 22, 1990.

    Bill Clinton

    President Bill Clinton played the saxophone at the National Ball, Jan. 20, 1993, at the National Building Museum in Washington. (AP Photo/Greg Gibson)
  • Lifestyles Spitzer Spouses

    Bill Clinton

    First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton watched President Clinton pause as he thanked those Democratic members of the House of Representatives who voted against impeachment, Dec. 19, 1998. (AP Photo/ Susan Walsh, File)
    Susan Walsh | AP

    George W. Bush

    President George W. Bush addressed the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. Headquarters in New York, September 12, 2002. Bush warned the General Assembly that "action will be unavoidable" against Iraq unless the United Nations took a hard line forcing Baghdad to disarm.

    George W. Bush

    President George W. Bush arrived on the flight deck of the carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003 to announce the end of major combat operations in Iraq.

    Ronald Reagan

    A portrait of former President Ronald Reagan, made of different colored jelly beans, hangs in the Jelly Belly jelly bean company visitor center in Fairfield, June 2004.
  • Bush Skydive

    George H.W. Bush

    In this photo provided by the U.S. Army Golden Knights, Former President George H.W. Bush is shown during his free fall with U.S. Army Golden Knights parachute team member, Sgt. 1st Class Mike Elliott, as he made his entrance to his presidential museum during a rededication ceremony in College Station, Texas, on Saturday, Nov. 10, 2007.
    Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Mcdaniel | AP
  • US Obama Dog Debut

    Barack Obama

    Malia Obama ran with Bo, followed by President Barack Obama and Sasha Obama, on the South Lawn of the White House Tuesday, April 14, 2009, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Ron Edmonds)
    Ron Edmonds | AP
  • Bin Laden Obama

    Bararck Obama

    In this image released by the White House and digitally altered by the source to diffuse the paper in front of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team, received an update on the mission against Osama bin Laden in the Situation Room of the White House, Sunday, May 1, 2011, in Washington. (The White House, Pete Souza)
    Pete Souza | AP
Memorable images of the chief executives, some serious, some less-than-serious.
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