On this day in 1929, President Herbert Hoover has a phone installed at his desk in the Oval Office of the White House. It took a while to get the line to Hoover's desk working correctly and the president complained to aides when his son was unable to get through on the Oval Office phone from an outside line. Previously, Hoover had used a phone located in the foyer just outside the office. Telephones and a telephone switchboard had been in use at the White House since 1878, when President Rutherford B. Hayes had the first one installed, but no phone had ever been installed at the president's desk until Hoover's administration.
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Herbert Hoover has telephone installed in Oval Office
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This Week in History, Mar 29 - Apr 4
- Mar 29, 1790
- John Tyler is born
- Mar 29, 1929
- Herbert Hoover has telephone installed in Oval Office
- Mar 30, 1981
- Reagan is shot
- Mar 31, 1776
- Abigail Adams asks her husband to "remember the ladies"
- Apr 01, 1970
- Nixon signs legislation banning cigarette ads on TV and radio
- Apr 02, 1917
- Wilson asks for declaration of war
- Apr 03, 1945
- President Harry Truman signs Marshall Plan
- Apr 04, 1841
- Harrison dies of pneumonia
- Apr 04, 1865
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