May 14, 1998
FRANK SINATRA DIES IN LOS ANGELES
Singer-actor-Hollywood icon Francis Albert Sinatra died in Los Angeles, California today at the age of 82.
Frank Sinatra, a superstar of popular music, died of a heart attack.
Sinatra was a big supporter of JFK’s candidacy for President in 1960. He recorded a campaign record based on his big hit “High Hopes”, the campaign record was called “High Hopes with Jack Kennedy.”
Sinatra’s Campaign Record for JFK*
*I have a copy of this 45 rpm record. They say only 2000 of them were produced.
Sinatra also starred in a performance for JFK’s inauguration in Washington, D.C.
Another Kennedy connection came from the fact that Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” included JFK’s brother-in-law Peter Lawford.
Ironically, Sinatra supported Ronald Reagan’s conservative Presidential candidacy in 1980 & hosted a performance for his inauguration as well.
Reagan Presents the Medal of Freedom
to Francis Albert Sinatra
May 14, 1963
JFK TALKS TO THE NATION ABOUT BIRMINGHAM
President John F. Kennedy spoke to the nation last night on television regarding the recent violence in Birmingham, Alabama.
“This government will do whatever must be done to preserve order, to protect the lives of its citizens & uphold the law….”
He called upon those on either side of the civil rights issue to live up to the standard set by their leaders in reaching last week’s settlement.
Today, the President met with 26 Alabama newspaper publishers & editors to discuss the situation in their state.
Bombings at the Gaston Motel
May 14, 1963
Photo by Mario S. Trikosko
May 14, 1962
JFK SETS UP COUNCIL ON AGING
President Kennedy issued Executive Order 11022 today establishing the Presidential Council on Aging.
The primary focus of the council will be to recommend policies & programs to the President that will assist the federal government in meeting the needs of our senior citizens.
The chairman of the council will be the Secretary of Health, Education & Welfare.
Other members include the Secretaries of Agriculture, Commerce, Labor & Treasury.
Unveiling of the JFK Memorial
Prospect Park’s Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, New York
May 14, 1955
WARSAW PACT IS A DONE DEAL
A mutual defense treaty has been signed in Warsaw, Poland creating the “Warsaw Pact”.
The USSR & 7 of its European satellite nations, Albania, Poland, Romania, Hungary, East Germany, Czechoslovakia & Bulgaria, will make up the pact.
The need for such an organization arose from the recent decision by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to accept West Germany as a member & permit her to rearm.*
*With the breakup of the Soviet Union, the Warsaw Pact dissolved in 1991.
Warsaw Pact Conference
May 14, 1948
STATE OF ISRAEL IS PROCLAIMED
Jewish Agency Chairman David Ben-Gurion officially proclaimed the State of Israel today in Tel Aviv.*
*David Ben-Gurion became Israel’s 1st premier.
Ben-Gurion Proclaims State of Israel
Tel Aviv, May 14, 1948
Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Photo by Rudi Wissenstein
May 14,, 1973
“SKYLAB” IS LAUNCHED INTO ORBIT
America’s 1st space station, “Skylab”, was launched successfully into earth orbit today.
The US space station follows by 2 years the launch of the world’s 1st space station, “Salynut”, by the Soviets.*
*11 days after Skylab was launched, US astronauts Charles Conrad, Joseph Kerwin & Paul Weitz docked & spent 28 days aboard the space station.