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JFK SPEAKS TO GRADUATES AT ANNAPOLIS

June 7, 1961


JFK SPEAKS TO GRADUATES AT ANNAPOLIS


President John F. Kennedy gave the commencement address today at the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland.


The President told the graduates that devotion to a life of military service “is the greatest contribution a man can make” but that such dedication is a “test of will”.


JFK continued:


“Where there is a visible enemy to fight the tide of patriotism in this country runs strong, but where there is a long, slow struggle, with no immediate visible foe….your choice will seem hard.”



US Naval Academy at Annapolis
   Photo by Michael Slonecker


June 7, 1963


JFK HAS A BUSY DAY IN CALIFORNIA


President John F. Kennedy had a very busy day in the state of California today.


He gave a speech at the Naval Air Station after being introduced by Governor Pat Brown.


 Naval Air Station



The President then reviewed naval weaponry at the China Lake Station.


In the evening, JFK attended a Democratic Party fund raising event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


The President was presented a silver tray by a group of local high school graduates.


June 7, 1966


RFK SPEAKS IN SOUTH AFRICA


Robert F. Kennedy spoke today on the issue of human rights before a very large crowd at the University of Natal in Durban, South Africa.



         University of KwaZulu-Natal


June 7, 1968


SIRHAN INDICTED AS RFK LIES IN STATE IN NEW YORK


The alleged assassin of Senator Robert F. Kennedy, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, was indicted today on a charge of 1st degree murder in Los Angeles, California.


Sirhan Sirhan



Meanwhile, in New York City’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the body of Senator Robert Francis Kennedy lies in state as a line of mourners stretched for a mile & a half.


The Senator’s body was in a closed African mahogany coffin.



          St. Patrick’s Cathedral
               New York City
     Photo by Matt Weaver (2007)


June 7, 1942


THE BATTLE OF MIDWAY ISLAND ENDS 


After 4 days of combat, the United States Pacific Fleet has scored a major victory over the Japanese Imperial Navy.


The victory came as a result of the sinking of 4 Japanese aircraft carriers & 1 cruiser as well as the destruction of 292 Japanese aircraft.


Japanese casualties are over 2500.*




*The Battle of Midway will be the turning point of  the Pacific War.



     US Navy Dive Bombers at Midway




June 7, 1939


KING GEORGE VI ARRIVES IN THE USA


At the invitation of the President of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt, King George VI of Great Britain arrived in the United States today.


The King, accompanied by his wife Elizabeth, crossed the Canadian-US border into Niagra Falls, New York.



       The Royal Couple Visit America


This Royal Visit will symbolize a new era of American-British relations.*


*During the visit to FDR’s home, the King stayed up late talking with the President.  At one point, FDR said: “Young man, it’s time for you to go to bed.”  


King George VI said later, “Why don’t my ministers talk to me that way.”


King George VI & FDR



June 7, 1893


GANDHI REFUSES TO OBEY SEGREGATION RULES IN SOUTH AFRICA


Mohandas K. Gandhi, a young Indian lawyer working in South Africa, refused to comply with the country’s racial segregation rules today.


Gandhi was forcibly removed from a South African train at Pietermaritzburg.*


*Gandhi formed the Natal Indian Congress launching a campaign against legislation which would deny the right to vote to Indians living in South Africa.  After 7 years of protest, Gandhi was able to negotiate a compromise agreement on the issue with the government of South Africa.


Mohandas Gandhi (1895)






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