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HOT LINE IS "HOT"

August 30, 1963


HOT LINE IS “HOT”


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The telephone “hot line” between the Pentagon & the Kremlin was activated for the 1st time today.


Earlier in June, the hot line agreement was signed by representatives of the United States & USSR.


The agreement came in the wake of the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 when the world came close to nuclear war.


The White House issued a statement today saying the hotline will “help reduce the risk of war occurring by accident or miscalculation.”


The 1st test message sent over the wires today from Washington was: “The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dog’s back 1234567890.”



                       Kennedy Hotline


August 30, 1965


METS MANAGER CASEY STENGEL RETIRES


New York City (JFK+50) Long-time major league baseball player & manager Casey Stengel announced his retirement today ending a 56 year career.


Stengel, 75 years old, replaced Joe McCarthy as manager of the New York Yankees in 1949.  He went on to post a record of 1149 wins & 696 losses over 12 seasons while winning 10 American League pennants & 7 World Series.


Stengel was fired as manager of the Yankees at the age of 70 because they thought he was “too old” to manage. 


Stengel, in his classic style, said: “I’ll never make the mistake of being 70 again.”*


*In 1960 at the Al Smith Dinner in New York, JFK said “The worst news for the Republicans this week was that Casey Stengel had been fired.  It just shows past experience doesn’t count.” (Nixon was saying in the campaign that JFK lacked the experience to be President).



                   Casey Stengel
New York Yankees Manager (1953)


August 30, 1969


HO CHI MINH RESPONDS TO NIXON’S LETTER


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Ho Chi Minh responded to President Richard M. Nixon’s letter of July 15 today.


In the reply, the leader of North Vietnam accuses the United States of fighting “a war of aggression” & is “violating our fundamental national rights.”


Ho demands in the letter that the US withdraw its forces from Vietnam & allow his people “self-determination”.*


*Nixon does not reveal the contents of the letter until November 3.



                 Ho Chi Minh (1946)


August 30, 1983


BLUFORD BECOMES FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN  IN SPACE


Cape Canaveral, Florida (JFK+50) Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford of the United States Air Force became the 1st African-American to be launched into outer space today.


Lt. Col Bluford, a mission specialist, was launched with his fellow astronauts aboard the space shuttle Challenger from Cape Canaveral, Florida at 2:32 a.m.


Bluford holds a PhD in the philosophy of Aeronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Institute of Technology.*

              Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford
                          NASA Photo


August 30, 1918


LENIN SHOT BY SOCIAL REVOLUTIONARY


Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) Leader of the Communist revolution in Russia, Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, was shot here in Moscow today after giving a speech at a factory.


The shooter has been identified as Fanya Kaplan, a member of the Social Revolutionary Party.


Lenin is reported to be seriously wounded but is expected to survive.*


*The retaliations for the attack on Lenin will be called “the Red Terror”.



                    Vladimir Llyich Lenin


August 30, 30 B.C.


CLEOPATRA, QUEEN OF EGYPT, DEAD BY SUICIDE


Alexandria, Egypt (JFK+50) Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, committed suicide today following the defeat of her forces against Octavian.*


*It is believed Cleopatra died by the bite of an asp (Egyptian Cobra) & symbol of divine royalty.  In 27 BC, Octavian became Augustus, ruling Egypt until his death in 14 A.D.



                 “Death of Cleopatra”
                   by Reginald Arthur

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JFK RETURNS TO WEST VIRGINIA

June 20, 1963


JFK RETURNS TO WEST VIRGINIA


President John F. Kennedy returned today to the state which gave him a huge primary victory on his way to the White House in 1960.


JFK was in West Virginia to attend a celebration honoring the 100th anniversary of West Virginia’s admission to the Union.


The President said:


“I would not be where I now am….if it hadn’t been for the people of West Virginia.”


The JFK Library in Boston adds these words:


“The people of West Virginia–their kindness & fairness, their grit & determination & patriotism made their mark on (President Kennedy).”*


*West Virginia was admitted to the union as the 24th state on June 20, 1863.  (11 of the states had left the union in 1861)


Before becoming a state, the mountainous counties of western Virginia nullified Virginia’s ordinance of secession & proclaimed “The Restored Government of Virginia.”



JFK Campaigns In West Virginia (1960)
               JFK Library Photo


“Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue Ridge Mountains
Shenandoah River


Life is old there
Older than the trees
Younger than the mountains
Growin’ like a breeze.”


“Take Me Home, Country Roads”
by John Denver


June 20, 1963


WHITE HOUSE/KREMLIN ANNOUNCE “HOT LINE”


The United States & Soviet Union announced today an agreement to establish a “Hot Line” telephone between the two nations.


The idea for the “Hot Line” came as a result of the October 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis during which the world came close to nuclear war.


President Kennedy said:


“This age of fast moving events requires quick, dependable communication, in times of emergency.”*


*The Hot Line was 1st used in 1967 during the 6 Day War between Israel & Egypt.



               “Hot Line”
Jimmy Carter Library & Museum
Photo by User:Piotrus (2010)


June 20, 1963


CIVIL RIGHTS LEADERS PAY JFK A CALL


Civil Rights leaders came to the White House today to listen to President Kennedy’s plea to call off their “March on Washington” scheduled for August of this year.


JFK is concerned that the march will further delay passage of his civil rights proposals in Congress.


The leaders went away, however, with the President’s approval for the march to demand educational & employment reforms.


Civil Rights Leaders With JFK



June 20, 1782


GREAT SEAL OF THE UNITED STATES IS ADOPTED


After 6 years of debate, the United States Congress today approved “The Great Seal of the United States of America.”


In keeping with the theme of 13 states, the Seal consists of various items numbering 13…such as stars, stripes, arrows, etc.


The main focal point of the Seal is the American Bald Eagle holding in one talon, a bundle of arrows & in the other, an olive branch.  The arrows symbolize “defense” & the olive branch “peace”.


The Latin phrase E Pluribus Unum or One Out of Many is printed on a ribbon held in the beak of the eagle.*


*In his State of the Union Address, JFK said:  “In one talon the eagle holds an olive branch & in the other a bundle of arrows.  We intend to give equal attention to both.”


Great Seal of the United States 

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