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HALCYON HOUSE

October 13, 2011


WASHINGTON TRIP:  HALCYON HOUSE



                      Halcyon House
                    Washington, D.C.
        Photo by John White (2011)


Georgetown, District of Columbia (JFK+50) On our recent trip to D.C., we walked past a very beautiful large Georgian-style classic home just off M Street in Georgetown.


It is the Halcyon House located at the corner of 34th & Prospect Streets.


It was built in 1786 by Benjamin Stoddart, the 1st Secretary of the Navy & an important Georgetown landowner.



                      Historic Marker
        Photo by John White (2011)


The home, with gardens designed by Pierre L’Enfant, was a social center in Washington’s early years.


Halcyon House underwent extensive reconstruction from 1978 to 1995 & just last year was on the market for an asking price of nearly $20 million.


The Halcyon House in on the National Register of Historic Places.



         Front Door of Halcyon House
           Photo by John White (2011)


October 13, 1960


KENNEDY NIXON DEBATE GOES COAST TO COAST

Hollywood, California & New York City (JFK+50) The 3rd 1960 Presidential Debate took place tonight in California & New York.


While Republican nominee Vice-President Richard M. Nixon was in Hollywood, his Democratic adversary, Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, was in New York City.


The debate was moderated by Bill Shadel of ABC News.


Television monitors enabled the candidates to see & hear each other during the debate.



Senator Kennedy was asked this question:


 Vice-President Nixon says that your budget (according to the Democratic Platform) would run 10 billion dollars a year more than his. Do you agree?


JFK responded:


“I believe in a balanced budget & have supported that during my 14 years in the congress.  The only times when an unbalanced budget is warranted would be during a serious recession.  I believe the next administration should work for a balanced budget & that would be my intention.”


October 13, 1966


McNAMARA SAYS VIETNAM WAR IS PROGRESSING SATISFACTORILY


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Having returned from his 8th fact-finding visit to South Vietnam, Secretary of Defense Robert S. McNamara proclaimed today at a news conference that the military operations in Saigon are “progressing satisfactorily”.*


*McNamara, appointed by JFK, served as LBJ’s Defense Secretary until 1968. He wrote, years later, that in private he had told LBJ progress in Vietnam was really “very slow”.



                    LBJ & McNamara
        White House Cabinet Room
           Photo by Yoichi Okamoto
                        LBJ Library 


October 13, 1955


SENATOR KENNEDY SPEAKS IN TIVERTON, R.I.


Tiverton, Rhode Island (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts spoke here in Tiverton today before a meeting of the Fall River (Massachusetts) Chapter of the National Association of Cost Accountants.


The Senator called for the government of the United States to provide a program of flood-disaster relief.



                   Tiverton, Rhode Island


October 13, 1792


FREEMASONS LAY CORNERSTONE FOR PRESIDENT’S HOUSE


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) A group of Freemasons marched from Georgetown today to lay the cornerstone of what will be the official home of the President of the United States.


The stone was placed at the SW corner of the 1st public building in the new Nation’s Capital.*


The architect of the home, directed to “oversee & implement construction”, is James Hoban who was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. He arrived in the U.S. 5 years ago.

                       
                        James Hoban
 by John Christian Rauschner (1800)
 White House Historical Association


Hoban’s design for the President’s House is based on Leinster House in Dublin which was built by James Fitzgerald.


*”The cornerstone’s location remains the oldest secret of the many that are now part of White House lore.” 
                                                  
                        Bruce Kauffman 
                Appeal-Democrat.com





October 13, 1775


CONTINENTAL NAVY AUTHORIZED


Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) The Continental Congress today authorized the construction & administration of the 1st American navy.


The Continental navy is expected to include a fleet of 7 ships: 2 frigates, 2 brigs & 3 schooners.*


*The US Navy was officially established on April 1, 1798. 

              Continental Naval Jack 







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