National Bible Week, founded by the National Bible Association, has been celebrated during Thanksgiving week, Nov. 21-28, since its beginning in 1941. According to the National Examiner:
December 8 through 14, 1941 was set as the very first National Bible Week. President Roosevelt agreed to host celebratory events at the White House. A media campaign was planned. Civic and fraternal organizations pledged their support, along with many members of the faith community. To launch the week, a national radio broadcast on the NBC radio network was scheduled for December 7th. That first Bible reading broadcast was interrupted with news of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Soon every radio in the nation was tuned to NBC for news on the attack. In between reports network executives asked National Bible leaders to continue to read the Bible throughout the day. … The President of the United States is the Honorary Chairman of National Bible Week and he issues a White House message.
Americans at war wisely turned to God’s word for guidance and comfort. Obama would do well to follow the example of President Roosevelt and subsequent presidents by encouraging Americans to read the greatest source of moral and spiritual guidance known to man. President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush were Honorary Co-Chairs in 2008.
President Ronald Reagan proclaimed 1983 the Year of the Bible, stating:
The Bible and its teachings helped form the basis for the Founding Fathers' abiding belief in the inalienable rights of the individual, rights which they found implicit in the Bible's teachings of the inherent worth and dignity of each individual.
President George H. W. Bush signed a proclamation declaring 1990 to be the International Year of Bible Reading, stating: