ON THIS DAY IN UNITED STATES HISTORY
March 12, 1933
Franklin D. Roosevelt Holds the First of his
Famous "Fireside Chats" as President of the United States
On this day in 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt addressed the nation for the first of what would become 30 radio
addresses to the nation that he called "fireside chats". He would use these chats to reassure the public during the
Great Depression and help galvanize public opinion to support his agenda. This began a tradition that every US
President has continued since, in some form or another.