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December 4, 1953


Montreal, Canada (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts spoke today at the University of Montreal.

The young senator, enjoying his 1st ever visit to Canada, said that minor disagreements between the U.S. & Canada will not reduce the positive feelings  that have existed for a hundred years.

Senator Kennedy said:

“I speak to you at this celebrated university in this ancient & famous city.  The functions of the private university, particularly those that are Roman Catholic, are basic & fundamental today for its task is a continuing search for the truth.

I speak for the great majority of American people when I say to you that the United States highly values her fraternal friendship & association with Canadians.”

             University of Montreal
             Roger Gaudry Pavilion
            Photo by Colocho (2008)

December 4, 1956


Memphis, Tennessee (JFK+50) A gospel jam session was hosted today at the Sun Records recording studio here in Memphis.

The studio, operated by Sam Phillips, is located at 760 Union Avenue.

The jam session involved 4 of the greatest music stars of all time: Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins & Elvis Presley.

The session was recorded by Sun Records engineer, Jack Clement.*

*A photo was made & published the following day in the Memphis Press-Scimitar.   The caption with the picture read “Million Dollar Quartet”.

The recording tape made by Clement was not discovered & released until 1981.

               Sun Recording Studio
                Memphis, Tennessee
       Photo by David Jones (2006)

December 4, 1867


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) A clerk at the Department of Agriculture & formerly a farmer in Minnesota, Oliver Hudson Kelley, joined with six other men today to found the Farmers Masonry.

               Oliver Hudson Kelley

The organization will encourage farm families to band together for their common economic & political well-being.

Co-founders of the group include William Saunders, Francis M. McDowell, John Trimble, Aaron B. Grosh, John R. Thompson & William M. Ireland.*

*The official name of the group is the National Order of Patrons of Husbandry but more commonly it is called “The Grange.”

Grange is a Latin word meaning grain.

The motto of the Grange is:

“In essentials, unity; In non-essentials, liberty; In all things, charity.”

The group was to be influential in gaining passage of the “Granger Laws” which helped end abuse of farmers by railroad companies.

In 2005, the Grange had a membership of 300,000.  Its headquarters are located in Washington, D.C. in a building built in 1960. 

 The state of Washington has the largest # of members, at 40,000.

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