March 18, 1963
JFK SPEAKS IN COSTA RICA
President Kennedy opened the President’s Conference today in San Jose, Costa Rica by issuing a call to action against communist expansion in Latin America.
JFK spoke to the presidents of Costa Rica, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua & Panama.
He praised the alliance of American states as the “most enduring of international order in the history of the world.”
The President also said there is a serious challenge to peace in the Americas–the absorption of Cuba into the Soviet sphere of influence.
Vowing that the Americas will never yield to tyranny & the US will support Central American states against communism, JFK promised….
“together we will build a wall around Cuba…of dedicated men determined to protect their freedom & their sovereignty.”
JFK Motorcade in Costa Rica
March 18, 1963
SUPREME COURTS RULES IN GIDEON v. WAINWRIGHT
The United States Supreme Court today handed down its decision in the case of Gideon v. Wainwright.
The Court ruled that the states are required to provide legal counsel to criminal defendants who are unable to pay for their own defense.
United States Supreme Court Building
March 18, 1965
SOVIET COSMONAUT GOES FOR WALK IN SPACE
A Soviet cosmonaut has become the 1st man to walk in space. He is Aleksei Leonov.
Leonov walked outside his spacecraft, Voskhod II, for 12 minutes.
Cosmonaut Aleksei Leonov
March 18, 1962
JFK WANTS US-USSR TO COOPERATE IN SPACE
President Kennedy sent a letter to Chairman Nikita Khrushchev of the Soviet Union on March 7 asking for cooperation in space exploration the White House announced today.
JFK detailed the following items in his letter:
a. establishment of a weather satellite
b. cooperation in building a radio-tracking station
c. the launching of a satellite to map the earth’s magnetic field
d. work with other nations in satellite communication
e. the exchange of knowledge in space medicine
JFK concluded his letter with these words:
“The tasks are so challenging, the cost so great….that we must try every possibility of sharing these tasks & costs (while) minimizing the risks.”
Khrushchev & JFK in Vienna
March 18, 1959
IKE SIGNS HAWAII STATEHOOD BILL
President Eisenhower signed the bill today to make Hawaii the 50th state.
Hawaii statehood will officially take effect on August 21, 1959.
President Eisenhower Makes Hawaii 50th State
March 18, 1940
HITLER & MUSSOLINI ARE ALLIES
Adolf Hitler of Germany & Benito Mussolini of Italy met today in the Brenner Pass of the Alps to form an alliance against France and Great Britain.
Mussolini & Hitler
Note: I apologize to my readers for getting my posting to you so late today. I have been “on the road” most of the day. Thanks for your understanding.