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How many days did Franklin D. Roosevelt serve as president of the United States?

A Taxing Day

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My tax-day baby and his Great-Grandpa Carl in 1992.

We all know what today is -- it's the deadline for filing your tax return to the IRS.

Did you ever wonder why April 15 was chosen as "tax day"?

Way back on Feb. 3, 1913, Congress passed the 16th Amendment, which created our income tax requirement. Along with the legislation came a deadline for paying those taxes; Congress gave taxpayers a year plus six weeks as the very first deadline. The Revenue Act of 1918 pushed the date forward a bit more to March 15. And then in 1955, additional tax-code revisions moved the date a month further, to April 15.

When I was single, April 15 usually meant a tax refund would be in the offing, so I did not dread doing my simple taxes. That changed when I married a small business owner in 1987; I learned to cringe at the date and what it meant. April 15 was not a pleasant day. Until ...

In 1991 we were expecting our first child. He or she was due to arrive at the end of April. But to everyone's surprise, especially mine, the baby wanted to show up early. We dropped off our tax returns in the mailbox on the way to the hospital on April 14. And then the baby changed its mind and decided to take it easy for a while longer. The doctors disagreed, so on the morning of April 15, 1991, 9 pound 10 ounce Curtis Carl (named after his great-grandfather) was delivered by emergency C-section.

April 15 immediately transformed into a day of joy, relief and blessing, and has remained so ever since. We still wait until that day to file our taxes, but afterward, we get to go eat birthday cake and celebrate. Congress can't put a damper on that!

'Til next time,

Mary Beth Weisenburger,
Good Old Days® magazine

PS. Were you born on a particularly meaningful or interesting day in history or a day that was special to your family? Was one of your children born on a noteworthy day? Send a brief response to me at and it could appear in a future newsletter or in Good Old Days magazine! Here are several email responses from the March 4, 2015, newsletter question: Did you have a Hula-Hoop when you were young? Were you good at Hula-Hooping? Did you use your Hula-Hoop in other fun ways?

Michelle B. shared: "I had to smile -- broadly -- while reading the article about Hula-Hoops. I was about 10 years old when that craze hit. We lived in a close-knit development, and our house was at the head of a cul-de-sac. The neighborhood often had activities for adults and/or children, so when Hula-Hoops hit our homes, what else was there to do but hold a Hula-Hoop contest? Families gathered in our cul-de-sac on the designated Saturday, and prizes were given for different divisions (including adults!). I won in my age bracket. I don't remember the prize, but I cherished the notoriety!

Oh, and that winning Hula-Hoop went to college with me. I have a picture of me Hula-Hooping while reading a book. Wish I could do that now!"
Lynn K. responded: "The Hula-Hoop -- what a great toy! Chicago-born and -raised, my little girlfriends and I had contests of twirling those Hula-Hoops around our waists and swinging our hips to break all-time records. This competition was very serious business! Also, when we played cops and robbers, or cowboys and Indians with others on the block, the mighty Hula-Hoop always bound the bad guys and made them stay put! Some of us were young (and short) enough to use a Hula-Hoop instead of a jump rope. We'd hold it in front first to jump through and then swing it up from the back, over our heads to the front again to jump through repeatedly. I have some very fond memories of a great toy and good times."
Patricia L. said: "We lived in a really, really small town, but my father worked in the 'big city' of Colorado Springs. One day, he brought home three Hula-Hoops. We were the only ones in town who had them; they hadn't trickled down to the larger towns where we did our marketing. My niece and I were in junior high. We were featured in the homecoming parade with our Hula-Hoops. I think the yearbook has a couple of pictures of us with our hoops. Not being generally the athletic type, you would find me at the library. I never got very good, but my niece was fantastic. She could do all three hoops at a time and on one leg -- boy, she was good! I bought a Hula-Hoop later in life to try to lose some weight -- again, I'm not very athletic, so it sits in storage along with all the other stuff I bought to lose weight with!"

Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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Trivia Answer

President Roosevelt occupied the White House for 4,422 days. He served three full-terms and died on the 83rd day of his fourth term. It was because of him that the 22nd Amendment was proposed and ratified, permitting no president to serve more than two terms, plus a maximum of two years having acceded as president under another president's term.

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