He originally wanted to be a baseball player, but after attending a revival meeting at age 16 his life changed. He has since addressed crowds around the world and is unprecedented in having had friendships with U.S. Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush. His name ... Billy Graham, and he was born this day, Nov. 7, 1918. Upon receiving the Congressional Gold Medal in 1996, Billy Graham stated: "As we face a new millennium, I believe America has gone a long way down the wrong road. We must turn around. ... If ever we needed God's help, it is now."