July 30, 1961
PRAVDA PUBLISHES KHRUSHCHEV’S VISION
Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) The Soviet newspaper Pravda published today Premier Nikita Khruschev’s vision for the future of Soviet communism.
The Premier, a believer in the superiority of the communist system, predicts the ultimate downfall of the capitalistic system.
Khrushchev also, according to Pravda, is determined to avoid nuclear war & recognizes the “necessity” of co-existence with the West.
Khrushchev at the UN
Library of Congress Photo (1960)
July 30, 1961
KENNEDYS ENJOY TYPICAL SUNDAY ON CAPE COD
Hyannisport, Massachusetts (JFK+50) President & Mrs. John F. Kennedy enjoyed a typical Sunday here with family & friends.
They attended mass at St. Francis Xavier Church & then spent the afternoon sailing on the Marlin in the company of Pat Lawford, her daughter Sydney, Eunice Shriver, George Thomas, JFK’s valet & James Rowley, Director of the US Secret Service.
The President also found time to go for a golf cart ride to the beach with his children.
JFK & Children on the Golf Cart
The Kennedy Compound
Photo by Robert Knudsen
JFK Library Photo (1962)
July 30, 1965
LBJ SIGNS MEDICARE BILL INTO LAW
Independence, Missouri (JFK+50) President Lyndon B. Johnson signed into law today the Medicare Act of 1965.
The historic ceremony took place at the Harry S Truman Library here in Independence.
Not only was the former Democratic President on hand for the ceremony, he was the 1st enrollee as well as the 1st to get his “Medicare Card”.
Mr. Truman was so honored because he was the 1st President of the United States to propose a national health insurance program for senior citizens.
Medicare, which is expected to cover nearly 20,000 citizens next year, is available to those who are 65 years of age or older.
The program is funded, like Social Security, by payroll taxes.
LBJ Signs Medicare Act of 1965
July 30, 1965
LBJ Library Photo
July 30, 1969
NIXON VISITS SOUTH VIETNAM
Saigon, South Vietnam (JFK+50) Six months after being sworn in as the 37th President of the United States, Richard M. Nixon made a brief stop today in South Vietnam.
The President is on his 1st overseas trip as Chief Executive.
Mr. Nixon met with President Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam to discuss US troop withdrawals.
The President also met with US military commanders as well as troops from the 1st Infantry Division.
White House Photo
July 30, 1956
“IN GOD WE TRUST” MOTTO BECOMES LAW
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed into law today the bill making the phrase “In God We Trust” the official motto of the United States of America.
PL84-140 also requires the phrase to appear on all US paper currency.
The President said:
“In this way we are reaffirming the transcendence of religious faith in America’s heritage & future.”*
*The 1st US paper currency to have “In God We Trust” included was printed in 1957.
July 30, 1619
HOUSE OF BURGESSES MEETS IN JAMESTOWNE
Jamestowne, Virginia (JFK+50) The 1st elected legislative assembly in the New World met today here in the English settlement’s church building.
The legislature was called into session by Governor George Yeardley.
Any laws passed by the body must meet with the approval of the London Company.
House of Burgesses
Photo by John White (2003)