July 15, 1960
JFK ACCEPTS DEMOCRAT’S NOMINATION IN LA
Los Angeles (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States this evening here in Los Angeles.
Senator Kennedy, who gave his acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Coliseum, is the 1st Roman Catholic candidate for President since Al Smith in 1928.
In reference to the “religious issue” that came up during the campaign, JFK said:
“I hope that no American…will…throw away his vote by voting either for me or against me because of my religious affiliation. It is not relevant.”
And he added:
“My decisions on any public policy will be my own, as an American, as a Democrat, & as a free man.”
JFK also talked about his program which is called “The New Frontier”. He said:
“The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises. It is a set of challenges. It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them.”
JFK Accepts Nomination
July 15, 1960
JFK Library Photo
July 15, 1961
JFK PROPOSES TO GIVE VOTE TO D.C. RESIDENTS
Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy transmitted a draft of a bill from his home here today to the US Congress in Washington, D.C.
The proposed legislation would restore to the residents of the District of Columbia “the basic right to local self-government through the elective process, a right enjoyed by all other American citizens”.*
*In July 1961, residents of the District of Columbia (originally created out of the states of Maryland & Virginia) were not permitted to vote in national elections.
July 15, 1962
JFK TALKS WITH MARSHALL OF NEW ZEALAND
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy conferred with New Zealand Prime Minister John R. Marshall today.
The two gentlemen discussed the possibility of Great Britain’s entrance into the European Common Market.
July 15, 1963
JFK TALKS WITH NYERERE OF TANGANYIKA
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy began 2 days of talks today with President Julius Nyerere of Tanganyika.
The two Presidents will be discussing political developments in Africa & relations between their countries.
Julius Nyerere of Tanganyika
July 15, 1964
GOLDWATER NOMINATED BY REPUBLICANS
San Francisco (JFK+50) Arizona Senator Barry Goldwater was nominated tonight here at the Cow Palace by the delegates of the 1964 Republican National Convention.
Senator Goldwater, considered to be on the extreme right wing of his party, wrote of his conservative views in a newspaper column that was published in book form in 1960.
The title is “The Conscience of a Conservative”.
In the 1964 campaign, Goldwater has been critical of the policies of Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy & Johnson.
He is strongly opposed to civil rights legislation & is rabidly anti-communist.*
*In his 1974 book “With No Apologies”, Goldwater wrote:
“I have served in the Senate during the terms of six Presidents. I think Eisenhower was the best & least understood.”
Senator Barry Goldwater
September 25, 1962
Photo by Mario S. Trikosko
July 15, 1979
PRESIDENT CARTER SAYS THERE IS A “CRISIS OF CONFIDENCE”
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) In the midst of a national energy crisis & economic recession, President Jimmy Carter spoke to the American people tonight on national television from the White House.
President Carter said there is a lack of “moral & spiritual confidence” in the nation & that it is the cause of America’s inability to recover from its current economic crisis.
The President said a “crisis of confidence” has led to domestic turmoil as well as “the loss of unity & purpose for our nation.”
President James Earl Carter
Official White House Portrait
July 15, 1789
LAFAYETTE CHOSEN COLONEL-GENERAL OF THE NATIONAL GUARD OF PARIS
Paris (JFK+50) The day following the fall of the Bastille here in Paris, French aristocrat the Marquis de Lafayette was made Colonel-General of the National Guard.
Lafayette, a hero of the American Revolution & close personal friend of President George Washington, had proposed to the National Assembly just 4 days ago, a “Declaration of Rights” modeled after America’s “Declaration of Independence”*
*From 1792-1797, the Marquis was imprisoned as a traitor for his failure to support the “Reign of Terror”.
Marquis de Lafayette
July 14, 1790