Betty Ford Birthday, Date of Birth

Betty Ford

Elizabeth Anne Ford (née Bloomer; April 8, 1918 – July 8, 2011) was the First Lady of the United States from 1974 to 1977, as the wife of President Gerald Ford. As First Lady, she was active in social policy and set a precedent as a politically active presidential spouse. Ford also served as the Second Lady of the United States from 1973 to 1974.

Throughout her husband's term in office, she maintained high approval ratings despite opposition from some conservative Republicans who objected to her more moderate and liberal positions on social issues. Ford was noted for raising breast cancer awareness following her 1974 mastectomy. In addition, she was a passionate supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA). Pro-choice on abortion and a leader in the Women's Movement, she gained fame as one of the most candid first ladies in history, commenting on every hot-button issue of the time, including feminism, equal pay, the Equal Rights Amendment, sex, drugs, abortion, and gun control. She also raised awareness of addiction when in the 1970s, she announced her long-running battle with alcoholism and substance abuse, being the first First Lady to do so.

Following her White House years, she continued to lobby for the ERA and remained active in the feminist movement. She was the founder, and served as the first chair of the board of directors, of the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse and addiction. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband on October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented 1991 by George H. W. Bush).

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Birthday, Date of Birth
Monday, April 8, 1918
Place of Birth
Chicago
Age
103
Star Sign

The April 8, 1918 was a Monday under the star sign of . It was the 97 day of the year. President of the United States was Woodrow Wilson.

If you were born on this day, you are 103 years old. Your last birthday was on the Thursday, April 8, 2021, 5 days ago. Your next birthday is on Friday, April 8, 2022, in 359 days. You have lived for 37,626 days, or about 903,032 hours, or about 54,181,925 minutes, or about seconds.

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8th of April 1918 News

News as it appeared on the front page of the New York Times on April 8, 1918

T.R. ANSWERS OVERMAN.; His Editorial on Sedition Bill One Based on the News, He Asserts.

Date: 08 April 1918

Special to The New York Times

answered by Roosevelt

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SOVIETS INCENSED BY JAPAN'S COURSE; Moscow Hears Vladivostok Consul Would Not Recognize Their Authority.BUT ADMIRAL EXPLAINS Tells Bolshevist Foreign Minister That Landing Was a Local incident. Explanation by Japanese Admiral. Situation at Valadivostok Tense. NEW GERMAN ULTIMATUM. Russia Ordered to Remove or Disarm Ships in Finnish Waters.

Date: 09 April 1918

By ARTHUR RANSOME. Special Cable to THE NEW YORK TIMES

Arthur RANSOME

Soviet leaves Kharkov as Germans approach

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20 HURT IN WRECK OF EMPIRE EXPRESS; Fngineer of Crack Central Train Is Killed When It Crashes Into Derailed Freight.

Date: 09 April 1918

Empire State Express hits derailed freight train; engineer J. R. Botts killed and 20 persons hurt

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AMERICAN FUND NEEDS AID.; Organization Now in Charge of Americans in French Hospitals.

Date: 08 April 1918

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Shipping News.; Miniature Almanac for Today

Date: 08 April 1918

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ANARCHY ON RUSSIAN SHIPS; Correspondent Describes Visit to the Fleet at Helsingfors.

Date: 08 April 1918

anarchy reigns among crews of fleet at Helsingfors

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Police and Fire News.

Date: 09 April 1918

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Shipping News.

Date: 09 April 1918

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VOLUNTEER WAR NURSES.; Young Women Anxious to Serve-- The Plan Successful in England.

Date: 08 April 1918

MARY CAMPBELL PRESTON

Mary PRESTON

letter on training standards for nurses

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THE COTTON MARKET; Prices Fluctuate Practically 100 Points, with Net Decline of 50 to 69.

Date: 09 April 1918

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