Curators at the National Archives have culled their collection in search of some of the great signatures of history. A special exhibit opening Friday includes the personal marks of figures that include Thomas Jefferson, Frank Sinatra, Jackie Robinson, Adolf Hitler and Saddam Hussein, along with important documents from history.
Richard Nixon’s application to be an FBI Special Agent, April 29, 1937 Upon graduating from Duke Law School in 1937, Nixon submitted this application to be a special agent in the FBI. He never heard back after his interview. Assuming he didn’t get the job, he returned home to California, passed the bar, and began practicing law. Many years later Nixon learned from FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover that he had been accepted, but his appointment was held back due to budget cuts.
A letter from Frank Sinatra to President George H.W. Bush, dated June 29, 1989. When the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 in Texas v. Johnson that burning the American flag was protected free speech, President Bush was so outraged that he proposed a constitutional amendment banning the burning or desecration of the American flag. Francis “Frank” Albert Sinatra wrote to the President “I applaud you long and loud for your reaction.”
Patent #5,255,452, submitted by Michael Jackson for “Method and means for creating anti- gravity illusion,” October 26, 1993. This patent for a shoe which allows the “wearer to lean forwardly beyond his center of gravity” was created by Jackson and two other designers, so he could perform live on stage a signature move that he had previously done with wires in his “Smooth Criminal” music video.
For the first time, the black and red dress worn by Michelle Obama on the night of the 2008 election is going on display. It was designed by Narcisco Rodriguez.