Thursday, April 25, 2013

April 25: White House Bowling Alley

On this date in History .... 1947:

Harry Truman officially opens the first White House bowling alley by rolling the first ball and knocking down seven of the ten pins, one of which is now on display at the Smithsonian. Eisenhower closed the alley in 1955 and another one was built later in the building next door.  

The Johnsons and the Nixons used the bowling facility frequently. Truman’s favorite activity was poker and he didn’t bowl much while in office.

White House Bowling Alley 1948

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