National Checkers Day has nothing to do with the board game that is widespread all over the world. Political Dog Day is celebrated on September 23 every year, but the most popular is the dog mentioned by presidential candidate Richard Nixon in his 1952 speech.
It was on September 23, 1952, that Nixon was forced to defend against serious accusations leveled. He was accused of illegally receiving funds. The situation was so serious that his further political career was in jeopardy. To remedy the situation, Nixon gave a speech in Los Angeles and emphasized that, despite the accusations, he would keep a gift for himself – a Cocker Spaniel named Checkers. That is why the famous speech of the President of the United States has this name.
- Approximately 60 million Americans listened to the famous speech. It aroused unprecedented popular support.
- Almost all the presidents of America had dogs. It is believed these pets are able to resolve any conflict or crisis.
- Did you know that George Washington created a new breed of dog – the Foxhound – for hunting foxes?
- The most famous dog of the White House – Millie – belonged to Barbara and George H. W. Bush.
- Franklin Roosevelt had 8 dogs during his presidency.
How to take part
Learn more about this legendary speech, which is considered a watershed in the field of political eloquence. It turns out the trust of citizens can be restored with one speech. Journalists, historians, and political scientists still talk about this speech. Talk to children about politics, tell them about its importance. Arrange a photo session with your dog. Share photos on social networks.
When is National Checkers Day in 2022?
National Checkers Day (which is also known as Dogs in Politics Day) is observed on September 23 each year.