April 1, 1960
JFK CALLS FOR “NATIONAL CRIME COMMISSION”
Senator John F. Kennedy, campaigning for President today in Dodgeville, Wisconsin, warned of a “powerful….dangerous & growing…organized criminal syndicate operating in America today.”
JFK recommends the establishment of a permanent “National Crime Commission” which would “investigate & gather information” about underworld activities & report it to local authorities.
April 1, 1962
JFK SENDS MESSAGE TO ASIAN EDUCATION MINISTERS
President John F. Kennedy sent a message today to Asian education ministers meeting in Tokyo, Japan.
He said in the message that Americans “share (your) vision of the revolutionary role which education can play in building strong, free & independent nations.”
April 1, 1963
KENNEDYS TAKE A TOUR OF GETTYSBURG
JFK , Mrs. Kennedy & Caroline were taken on a tour of the Gettysburg battlefield in Pennsylvania yesterday by National Park Service historian Jacob Sheads.
Along with the 1st Family for the tour were Mr. & Mrs. Paul Fay & their children.
The group drove up from Camp David, Maryland.
Mr. Sheads took the Presidential party on a tour of the battlefield’s highlights including Devil’s Den, Little Round Top, Seminary Ridge and the Wheatfield.
April 1, 1948
SOVIET TROOPS STOP TRAINS IN BERLIN
Troops of the Soviet Union stopped US military trains today traveling through the Russian zone of occupation in Berlin.
Tensions in Berlin have been high as the occupied city of Germany is divided into British, American, Russian & French zones of occupation.*
*The Soviets will attempt to blockade the free sectors of Berlin which were surrounded by communist territory in June 1948.
April 1, 1924
ADOLF HITLER SENT TO LANDSBERG PRISON
The leader of the Nazi party in Germany, Adolf Hitler, was arrested & sentenced to prison today for his role in the unsuccessful “Beer Hall Putsch”.
The attempt to take over the government failed & Hitler will pay the price for treason.*
*Hitler will be released from Landsberg after only 9 months.
April Fools Day
“The first of April, some do say,
Is set apart for All Fools’ Day
But why the people call it so,
Nor I, nor they themselves do know
But on this day are people sent
On purpose for pure merriment.”
Poor Robin’s Almanac 1790