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STRONTIUM 90 LEVELS DOUBLE IN MILK SUPPLY

August 11, 1963


STRONTIUM 90 LEVELS DOUBLE IN MILK SUPPLY


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) U.S. public health officials today announced that nuclear tests in the atmosphere conducted last year have doubled the levels of strontium 90 found in US milk supplies.


Strontium 90 is known as a “bone seeker” which causes bone cancer & leukemia.*



              8 year old girl’s baby teeth


*Dr. Louise Reiss did a study of baby teeth which showed that children born in 1963 had levels of strontium 90 up to 50 times higher than children born before atmospheric nuclear testing.


This study helped convince JFK to negotiate for a Nuclear Test Ban which would prohibit testing anywhere but underground.


August 11, 1962


BOHLEN NAMED US AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy today named Charles E. Bohlen as United States ambassador to France.


Ambassador Bohlen was born in Clayton, New York & graduated from Harvard in 1927.*


*Bohlen served as French ambassador until his retirement in January 1969.



                 Charles E. Bohlen
       US Ambassador to France
                       1962-1968


August 11, 1965


RIOTS BREAK OUT IN WATTS


Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) At 7 p.m. (PDT) Marquette Frye, an African-American, was stopped by a California Highway Patrolman for reckless driving in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles.


Soon after Frye’s arrest, a riot broke out among about 200 people who had gathered on the scene.


Rocks & other objects were thrown by the mob at the officers.  Rioting continued for the next 4 hours.*


*The Watts Riots will continue for 6 days with 34 dead, more than a thousand wounded & over 3400 arrested.


       Police Make Arrest in Watts
                  August 12, 1965
   New York World-Telegram Photo

August 11, 1972

LAST US COMBAT UNIT LEAVES SOUTH VIETNAM

Da Nang, South Vietnam (JFK+50) The last American ground combat unit serving in South Vietnam departed for the United States today.

The unit, 3rd Battalion, 21st Infantry, had been guarding the US air base here in Da Nang.*

*43,500 advisors, air force personnel & support troops remained.


South Vietnamese Air Force (VNAF)
          Da Nang, South Vietnam

August 11, 1984

REAGAN JOKES ABOUT BOMBING RUSSIA

Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Ronald Reagan was in a joking mood today just before giving a scheduled radio address at the White House.

In doing a microphone check, the President said:

“My fellow Americans, I am pleased to tell you today that I have signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever.  We begin bombing in 5 minutes.”


            President Ronald Reagan
                          July 1981
              Reagan Library Photo





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