July 13, 1960
KENNEDY WINS NOMINATION ON 1ST BALLOT
Los Angeles (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts was nominated on the 1st ballot at the Democratic National Convention here this evening.
JFK defeated his closest rival, Senator Lyndon B. Johnson of Texas, by a 2 to 1 margin. Other candidates trailed far behind.
Kennedy becomes the 1st US Senator since Warren G. Harding in 1920 to be nominated by either major party for President.
The Democratic Platform, on which JFK & his running-mate (yet to be named) will run, calls for speeding up economic growth. It also has planks on national defense, disarmament, civil rights, immigration, foreign aid & labor & tax reform.
The “top 4” final delegate vote tally is:
Kennedy 806, Johnson 409, Symington 86, Stevenson 79.5
On the Floor of the Convention
July 13, 1961
JFK ADDRESSES AFS STUDENTS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy spoke at the White House today to 1850 American Field Service students from 50 countries who have been living & studying in the United States over the past year.
The President told the students:
“I hope you go from here not merely as a friend but understanding our faults & our assets.”
AFS Students in Australia
Photo by Mick Boundy (2006)
July 13, 1959
KENNEDY WANTS TENNIS TOURNEY MOVED FROM FOREST HILLS
Spring Lake, NJ (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts spoke to 1500 guests here today at an Essex County Governor’s Day Picnic held at the Homestead Country Club.
In his speech, the young senator said that the US Lawn Tennis Association should move its major tournament from Forest Hills, New York because of the discrimination policies practiced by the West Side Tennis Club.
July 13, 1948
DEMOCRATS ADOPT PLATFORM SUPPORTING FDR/TRUMAN POLICIES
Philadelphia (JFK+50) The delegates to the 1948 Democratic National Convention meeting here today adopted a platform which defends the foreign policies of both President Harry S Truman & the late President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Republicans have been critical of FDR’s negotiations reached with the Soviets the Yalta Conference & of Truman’s cold war policies.
Despite the supportive platform, the Democrats are less than enthusiastic about the chances to elect Truman to his own 4 year term.
At the Republican convention held earlier, Clare Booth Luce told the delegates that Truman is a “gone goose”.*
*Some Democrats held signs at the convention which read “I’m just mild about Harry”, a rewording of the 1921 song.
July 13, 1787
CONGRESS PASSES NORTHWEST ORDINANCE
Philadelphia (JFK+50) The Congress passed the Northwest Ordinance today.
The law will organize the Northwest Territory & provide for the adding of new states to the union.
3 to 5 states are to be created out of the territory with the appointment of a governor & council for each. When 60,000 inhabitants settle one of the territories, they may apply for statehood.