President-elect Joe Biden celebrates his 78th birthday Friday.
On Jan. 20, Biden will become the oldest person ever to serve as president. The previous holder of that record, Ronald Reagan, did not turn 78 until after he left office. President Trump would have also turned 78 at the end of a second term.
When Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was born on this day in 1942, World War II raged. Franklin D. Roosevelt was in his third term as president, with one more still to go. Errol Flynn was a Hollywood heartthrob. Bambi was a brand new film released that year. Big-band leader Glenn Miller was the top recording artist in the country, with the swing era in full swing, and two years away from his disappearance.
The Biden family left his oft-mentioned hometown of Scranton, Pennsylvania, for Delaware, the state he would go on to represent in the Senate for 36 years, while Dwight Eisenhower was in