John F. Kennedy
Fifty years ago Marilyn Monroe sang a sultry version of "Happy Birthday" for President Kennedy during his birthday party at Madison Square Garden. It has since become the gold standard of the tune. Despite Monroe’s provocative delivery, nothing was ever written about a possible affair in the papers at the time. Only after both passed away did the speculation mount. In 1999, the skintight dress Monroe wore that night was auctioned off for $1.26 million.
George H.W. Bush
As some presidents get older, they slow down. Not President George H.W. Bush. He has spent his 75th, 80th, and 85th birthdays skydiving. At 80 years old, he stopped doing the solo free-falls, and now is joined in tandem by a member of the Army’s Golden Knights. Bush has told reporters he plans to do it again when he hits the big 9-0.
Lady Gaga did her best to recreate Marilyn Monroe’s "Happy Birthday, Mr. President" moment when she serenaded Bill Clinton at his 65th birthday party last October at the Hollywood Bowl. The performance was part of an evening that also celebrated the 10th anniversary of Clinton’s foundation. It was a momentous night, and President Clinton later recalled, "I thought, 'My God. I get Lady Gaga, and I will have a heart attack celebrating my 65th birthday.'"
If anyone deserves two mentions on this list, it is President Clinton, who celebrated his 50th while in office. According to The Washington Times, Clinton staged his party at Radio City Music Hall and blew out candles on a 300-pound American flag cake. The evening doubled as a fundraiser, and Jon Bon Jovi, Smokey Robinson, and Aretha Franklin all performed.
Harry S. Truman
Though not as grandiose as others, President Truman’s 61st birthday was a memorable one for him and the country. He marked the Tuesday by announcing the end of World War II, a timely and wonderful present, and the day has become known as "Victory-in-Europe Day," or VE Day.
On Aug. 4, 2011, President Obama became only the seventh president to turn 50 while in office. That night, he celebrated with 2,000 of his best friends — otherwise known as donors. According to USA Today, the first party, for 1,500 people, cost $50 and attendees heard music by Jennifer Hudson, Herbie Hancock, and OK Go. The second and more exclusive affair for only 100 people was priced at a profit-clearing $35,800 per person.
On Feb. 6, 1987, President Reagan believed he was heading into a debriefing at the Old Executive Office Building when he walked into a room full of well-wishers and the Marine Band who surprised him with a rendition of "Seventy-Six Trombones" and "Happy Birthday." According to the Milwaukee Sentinel’s account of the party, he mistakenly added a year to his age when he told the crowd, "Of all the 38 anniversaries of my 39th birthday, this is about the nicest." Except President Reagan had turned 76.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Long before email, Americans sent their birthday cards to their presidents the proper way, by telegram. When President Franklin Roosevelt turned 52 in 1934, he was flooded with 100,000 telegrams. Time says the longest reached 1,280 feet and was signed by 40,000 people — it took two days to transmit and two messengers to deliver it.
George W. Bush
President George W. Bush turned 62 aboard Air Force One while en route to the 2008 G-8 Summit in Japan. The plane’s staff surprised him with a coconut cake and President Bush blew out the single candle. Members of the White House staff gifted him a small wooden boxed carved with his initials on top. This wasn’t just any box. CNN's Political Ticker writes that the wood came from an old Scarlett Oak tree that was planted on the White House lawn in 1892 by President Harrison’s great-granddaughter. (It stood on the lawn until it fell in 2007.)
Lunch in France
"I’ve had so many great meals this year. Memorable meals ranged from Wako Sushi’ s omakase in San Francisco to all the Viennese food and pastries in Vienna to hosting shabu shabu hot pot dinners at our home in Jackson Heights, Queens.
The best meal of all was a long lingering lunch by the generous owners of the only restaurant in a little village in France—for the occasion of our marriage. What made it so amazing was that it was as last minute as it could be, and somehow everything came together, and we were surrounded by our dear friends and adopted family. Everything tasted exquisite to me on that beautiful sunny day, and I couldn’t have been happier." — Kaite Wong , project manager, bonappetit.com
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Win McNamee / Getty Images
Champ, 12, has been with the first family since around the time Joe Biden was elected vice president in 2008. Champ&aposs name recalls Biden&aposs father, who used to tell him, "Any time you get knocked down, champ — get up!"
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Stephanie Gomez / Delaware Humane Association via Reuters
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Win McNamee / Getty Images
70th Birthday Ideas For Dad
Over the last seven decades, your father has built some incredible things and made you who you are. Now it’s your turn to show your gratitude and congratulate him on everything he’s done. Check out these 70th birthday ideas for Dad before you plan your party:
14. Cocktail Bar
Does Dad have a favorite cocktail? Feature it on the menu. Better yet, make one up using his favorite ingredients and name it after him. Check out our resource on cocktail party ideas for more inspiration. And if Dad doesn’t drink, check out our ideas on tasty mocktail recipes perfect for any party.
15. Toast Him And All That He’s Achieved
Your words of praise and appreciation mean the world to him. Give a toast in his honor as a highlight of the night, and encourage others to do the same.
16. Sign A Momento
Get a football or baseball (or the game piece of whatever his favorite sport is) and have the whole family sign it. Include a card with memories of those who he taught how to play that game or sport. Then, if you have the time and space, play a game with that ball and let your dad see the legacy of sportsmanship that he’s built.
Yes, this is one of the best ways to make him cry out of happiness, you can collect all your pictures and make a heart-touching slideshow presentation with all of his favorite songs playing in the background. And if you don’t want to make it just me and you then you can involve his family and friends too. You can ask for their photos and make a collage out of it and while doing this distance also don’t matter as you can get all his friends and family involved, even if they are foreign. However, with this, you can also buy him the mouth-watering birthday cake for boys to add some more sweetness in your gifting.
You can either surprise him with a Midnight cake & gift with midnight cake delivery in Gurgaon by Yummy Cake’s Online Store. Or in the morning get a crown for him, wear it at his head and declare him as the king of that day. And for the whole day, you can put sticky love notes in places where he is most likely to find them. For instance, put the love notes in the loo, lunchbox, in the car, pockets of his trousers, breakfast tray and in his cupboard to make him feel loved all day.
5 Harry S. Truman (April 12, 1945 to January 20, 1953)
Harry S. Truman was the 33 rd president of the United States. His time in office is probably one of the most trying in American history, but it brought out the amazing leader in Truman.
Truman ascended to power after the death of his predecessor, Franklin D Roosevelt, who died only three months into his fourth presidential term. Truman got to office at the height of the Second World War, a war that he ended using an Atomic Bomb, and he saw the beginning of the Cold War, that continued for a very long time.
Truman is credited with the creation of NATO, CIA, and the National Security Council. He instigated the Berlin Air Lift, recognized Israel as a State, and authored the "Truman Doctrine" that officiated the repression of Communism.
Mile high birthday bash
In this week's Food for Thought Nancy Leson and I talk about favorite venues for birthday bashes. My birthday was double-10 day, October 10th -- a birthday I share with both Thelonious Monk and Dorothy Lamour, who once told me "There ain't room enough in this sarong for the two of us."
This year my wife, the Lovely and Talented Cheryl DeGroot and I celebrated a mile up in a hot air balloon and back on the ground we knocked back the traditional champagne toast.
Kurt, our pilot with Morning Glory Balloon Tours explained that the tradition began when an 18th century pioneer balloon pilot came down into a field of frightened angry peasants who attacked him with traditional pitchforks. Since then balloonists have always brought a bottle of bubbly to appease the locals.
Back at the station I found a swell present from Nancy waiting in my mailbox. The Hakka Cookbook by Linda Lau Anusasananan. This is going to be a good one. I've already made one of the recipes from it -- the garlic noodles with shrimp and vegetables and it was grrrreat. You can see some pictures of it up above. Thanks, Nance! She also include a box of pickle flavored gum-balls but I haven't gotten my nerve up for them yet.
All in all, I'd have to say this last one was my most memorable birthday celebration. What are yours?
"There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents and only one for birthday presents, you know."
The Most Meaningful Gifts You’ve Ever Received
Earlier this month, on Instagram I asked for you to share the most meaningful gifts you’ve ever been given or ones you’ve thoughtfully put together for someone you love. I quickly scrolled through some of the answers as they were coming in, but then tucked the rest away knowing I’d return to them when I put this post together. I woke up early this morning as I always do, lit my candle, poured my coffee and finally pulled up that old post to collect the answers to share. What I didn’t expect were the tears, overwhelmed by the amount of love and thoughtfulness in all these precious gifts and the reminder that during this time of credit card-swiping gift giving, what we all really want is moments and words and reminders that we are seen and loved. We want one more hug with our grandpa who is no longer with us, we want our kids to tell us they remember the memories we made for them, and we want a recipe card with our grandma’s famous streusel coffee cake, written in her own handwriting, so we can hold our memories of her in our kitchen every time we bake it. Experiences, moments and stories trump anything you can “add to cart,” and these ideas you’ve shared prove it.
And, dear God, do some of you have the most thoughtful husbands/parents/siblings! Brett and I were dying reading some of the precious significant other gifts you shared. “Just so you know,” I told Brett, “Those salt and pepper shakers you got me last year just got their ass kicked so hard. I’d like you to meet the winner– reasons why I love you’ written on a scroll and tied with a ribbon. GOOD NIGHT.” For the record, gift giving is not his love language, and I am okay with it. Plus, those salt and pepper shakers are pretty cute.
I’ve taken several of the ideas you shared and am making them a part of our gift giving this year. I hope you are inspired as much as I was. There’s no way I could have compiled all the answers you shared, but I tried to pull as many as I could into one post. And to add a little visual festive to this post, I dug into the holiday archives which always hurts so good. Like this one, by far the most meaningful gift Nella has ever received…
The most meaningful gifts you’ve received and given…
My sister and I filled a huge jar with 356 “remember whens” for my parents. They still do one strip a day.
My sister-in-law had a dress shirt of my dad’s turned into a skirt for my daughter.
A cutting board engraved with a favorite recipe in my late mom’s handwriting.
A set of cufflinks with the GPS coordinates of the location of our first kiss.
My mother-in-law hand wrote her favorite (and my husband’s) recipes for me.
What I really want from my husband this year is free: a Spotify playlist of songs that make him think of me.
The gift of a workshop/class/experience (Doe Bay writing retreat).
A wallet from my husband filled with gift cards from all my favorite stores and services.
Every year my mom renews my kids zoo and science museum memberships.
Handwritten letters from my children.
My husband gave me a picture a local artist did of the place where we got engaged–and he got her to sign it.
Personalized address stamp.
My daddy’s typewriter restored.
Watercolor piece done of my in-laws’ home where they’ve lived their entire married lives.
A necklace with my grandmother’s handwriting (she’s passed).
A collection of family recipes in a bound book.
A CD with a photo slideshow of the pictures from the year, set to a meaningful song from the year.
A recipe box full of my favorite family meals.
A gift with our baby’s name. She is in heaven. She is recognized.
Hand painted ornaments of my childhood home (by Cindy Thurston on Etsy).
I recently fell and dislocated my shoulder in the shower. My friend got me a shower mat.
A sign with a family quote written in my grandma’s handwriting after she died.
A Build-a-Bear dressed as a soldier with a personal message, from my deployed brother.
The year Lainey drew a picture for Nella, and we turned it into a dress for her.
A framed photo of when my grandparents were married.
A painting of my favorite mountain.
A box of the most iconic goods from where we live and where my siblings live (coffees, alcohol, cheeses, etc.).
Dinner out with my adult children, no kids.
Tickets to a musical with babysitting provided.
A knit stocking for my daughter to match the one made for me when I was born.
My husband made me a comic book about my first 5 months being a mom.
A door knocker for our forever home (someday I’ll hang it).
100 Reasons Why I Love You, printed on a scroll and tied with a ribbon.
Grandpa’s old robes monogrammed for my nephews.
A denim tote bag with pins of all my favorite TV shows and bands.
I gifted my dad a keychain with the latitude and longitude of my sibling’s and my locations.
Cassette tapes that my grandfather recorded his life’s story on. Priceless.
A night at a hotel all by myself with the only task being to relax!
An ornament my mom soldered (she took classes). She’s always learning something new.
Framed prints of the ship our great grandparents came over from Italy on to my siblings.
A Winnie the Pooh book published 10/14/26. My best friend gave me a copy for my son’s birth 10/14/18.
My mother-in-law had an article that I wrote for the city newspaper framed.
A music box that plays our wedding song.
A recent favorite–tap shoes and payment for a 12-week class. #firsttimer #adultdancer
A print of a painting that was once mentioned…and remembered.
My dad photocopied every journal entry he wrote about me from my birth on, and made me a book.
A picture of the stars from where we live the night my daughter was born.
It’s small, but my sister had a keychain made with a penny from 2017, and it says “boy mama”–my fave.
My grandma who taught me how to sew gave me a box full of fabric leftover from her favorite dresses. I still have some of those scraps in my collection and will put them into quilts for my kids.
After my mother died, my aunt bought me a bottle of the perfume she always wore.
Stockings made from old sweaters of grandma’s.
Storyworth which came to us via you! We’ve passed this around all our family, and it is so meaningful.
A handmade crib for my first born, made by my big brother.
A framed recipe card from my great-grandma with one of my favorite foods.
One year my aunt compiled old VHS family videos onto DVDs for the whole family.
Silhouette profile pictures of my children! My husband also made them for his parents.
A bangle with my children’s name and DOBs stamped on it.
My husband built me a jewelry box. Got it one year unfinished. Next year with jewelry.
A round trip ticket to visit my best friend.
Alright, what did we miss on this list? To this day, one of my favorite gifts (I gave it to myself) is my keepsake quilt made from squares cut from my maternity jeans and the most memorable baby clothes from all three of my kids. It’s from Vintage Giggles, and this year I had the honor of giving a quilt–one I had made from my ties worn my by mother-in-law’s father who passed away early this year. It’s one of my favorite gift giving moments ever. What are your most favorite gift giving moments or meaningful things or experiences you’ve received?
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Steve Martin's Bottomless Ensemble of 1979
Talk about a fashion statement! Comedian and actor Steve Martin wore a completely unforgettable ensemble that, well, didn't involve pants. While presenting the award for the Best Pop Vocal Performance during the 21st Annual Grammy Awards, Martin was handed his dry-cleaned trousers on stage&mdashsetting the trend for bottomless appearances. Fortunately for him, his fashion statement is still trending. Earlier in 2017, Grammy-winning duo Twenty One Pilots accepted their award for Best Pop Duo/Group pantsless, keeping the weird&mdashbut very much humorous&mdashfad alive.