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ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS SIGNED IN URUGUAY

August 17, 1961


ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS SIGNED IN URUGUAY


Punta Del Este, Uruguay (JFK+50) The Alliance For Progress was signed here today by representatives of the United States & 19 Latin American countries.


President John F. Kennedy proposed the Alliance in March of this year.


By the terms of the Alliance, the United States will provide financial assistance to Latin America over the next 10 years that will be used to promote economic development, social progress & political freedom.


President Kennedy has expressed the desire to help the people of the region to rise out of poverty but he also hopes to stem the spread of communism there.*


*When JFK visited Colombia, he was greeted by wildly cheering crowds.  Alberto Lleras Camargo, President of Colombia, told him: “Its because they believe you are on their side.”



August 17, 1961


JFK RECOGNIZES IMPORTANCE OF UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy, on the 25th anniversary of the 1st unemployment insurance fund, wrote a letter to Secretary of Labor Arthur J. Goldberg today expressing appreciation for the role of unemployment insurance in helping to “ease the financial burden of many millions of workers who lost their jobs through no fault of their own.”



                      Arthur J. Goldberg
                        Official Portrait
                  Department of Labor


August 17, 1962


JFK BEGINS CONSERVATION TRIP TO THE WEST


Pierre, South Dakota (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy attended the dedication today of the Oahe Dam near Pierre, South Dakota.


The Oahe Dam is the world’s largest rolled-earth dam.


The Presidential visit marks the beginning of a trip to conservation centers in the Western United States.


JFK also traveled today to Pueblo, Colorado & the Castle Air Force Base in California.



                  Oahe Dam Flooding
                        June 15, 2011
           Photo by Travisleehardin


August 17, 1963


LEE HARVEY OSWALD GIVES RADIO INTERVIEW


New Orleans, Louisiana (JFK+50) Lee Harvey Oswald, secretary of the New Orleans chapter of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, was interviewed today on a local radio program.


Mr. Oswald appeared on WDSU-AM’s “Latin Listening Post” & was questioned by William K. Stuckey.*


*Just a few days later Oswald appears on WDSU’s “Conversation Carte Blanche” in a debate with Ed Butler of the Information Council of the Americas & Carlos Bringuier, a Cuban refugee. (The radio interview of August 17th 1963 can be heard on You Tube.)




 August 17, 1959


LEE HARVEY OSWALD FILES FOR DISCHARGE


El Toro, California (JFK+50) Private First Class Lee Harvey Oswald applied today for a hardship discharge from the United States Marine Corps.


Private Oswald states that his mother has suffered an injury & needs his support.*


*Oswald was released from active duty in the USMC on September 11, 1959.


According to Robert J. Groden’s “The Search for Lee Harvey Oswald” (1995), Lee’s mother, Marguerite Oswald, was injured on December 5, 1958 when a box of glass jars fell on her head while she was working at a department store in Fort Worth, Texas. 


According to Groden,  she had “completely recovered months before Lee applied for the early discharge”.



August 17, 1956


KEFAUVER DEFEATS JFK FOR DEMOCRATIC VP


Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee defeated Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts in the balloting at the Democratic National Convention to become the party’s nominee for Vice-President.


Senator Kefauver won the nomination on the 2nd ballot after his colleague, Tennessee Senator Al Gore, Sr. bowed out of the race & threw his support to Kefauver.


Senator Kennedy gave a gracious concession speech after the balloting in which he asked the convention to make Kefauver’s nomination unanimous.*


*This was the only political race JFK ever lost.  In July 1962 my Dad & Uncle took me to Senator Kefauver’s office in Washington & we had the opportunity to meet him & shake his hand.



                   Senator Estes Kefauver

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ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS

March 11, 1961


JFK OFFERS AN “ALLIANCE FOR PROGRESS”


President Kennedy asked Congress today to appropriate $500 million to promote economic development, social progress & political freedom in Latin America.


JFK hopes to “lift the people from poverty & ignorance & despair.”


The program will require the nations of Latin America to show evidence that they are making social progress before the aid will be granted.


Fidel Castro was not particularly pleased by the proposal.  He said:


“We’ll see whether the conscience of Latin America can be bought for $500 million….or whether, as we contend, it cannot be bought at any price.”



JFK Speaks in La Morita, Venezuela (Dec 1961)


March 11, 1941


FDR SIGNS LEND-LEASE 


President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed “Lend-Lease” into law today.


The program was developed by FDR to give aid to Great Britain in her fight for survival against Adolf Hitler’s Germany.


By the terms of the act, the President of the United States has the power to “sell….lease…(or)…lend military resources….deemed…in the interest of the defense of the United States.”


FDR has used the analogy that when your neighbor’s house is on fire you lend him your fire hose to help put the fire out.*


*By the end of the war, the United States will have provided $50 billion in military assistance to 44 countries.



           FDR Signs Lend-Lease Act


March 11, 1990


LITHUANIA PROCLAIMS INDEPENDENCE


Lithuania proclaimed her independence today from the USSR thus becoming the 1st Soviet republic to do so.*


*The Soviet Union imposed an oil embargo & economic blockade in response. Later they will send in Soviet troops, but as the USSR crumbled, Lithuanian independence was recognized in September 1991 along with that of Estonia & Latvia.



Dalia Grybauskaite, President of the Republic of Lituania
Photo by Kapeksas (2009)


March 11, 1997


PAUL McCARTNEY “SIR”


Former “Beatle” Paul McCartney was knighted today by Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain at Buckingham Palace in London.


McCartney said he is “proud to be British & its been a long way from a little terrace in Liverpool.”


McCartney Receives Gershwin Award, June 2 2010



March 11, 2004


191 DEAD IN MADRID


10 bombs exploded today on 4 trains in Madrid, Spain.


Reports say that 191 people have been killed with nearly 2000 more injured.


The bombs, detonated by mobile phones, targeted the Atocha Railway Station.*


*It is believed that the terrorist attack is in retaliation for Spain’s role in the war in Iraq.  1400 Spanish soldiers were stationed there.



Atocha Railway Station, Madrid 
Photo by Luis Garcia (2006)





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