Happy Birthday, Franklin!

On January 30, 1882, Franklin D. Roosevelt was born in Hyde Park, New York. Today marks his 134th birthday: happy birthday, Franklin! 

Throughout his tenure as President, Roosevelt threw elaborate fundraisers on his birthdays, known as "Birthday Balls." Proceeds from these events were used in the fight to find a cure for infantile paralysis, a cause Roosevelt championed after being stricken with the disease at the age of 39. 

The first Birthday Ball was held in 1934 and featured 600 individual celebrations, resulting in more than one million dollars raised for FDR's Warm Springs Foundation. In 1938, to increase awareness about the cause, radio star Eddie Canto encouraged Americans to send their loose change to the White House for the president's birthday. The campaign, which Cantor called the March of Dimes, resulted in millions of donations. Following its success, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis changed its name to that of the campaign, March of Dimes. 

Below are photos from FDR's birthdays throughout the years. Learn more about the Birthday Balls and the March of Dimes here.