July 14, 1960
LBJ NOMINATED VP BY ACCLAMATION
Los Angeles (JFK50) 1960 Democratic presidential nominee, Senator John F. Kennedy, surprised many people, including members of his own staff, by offering the Vice-Presidential nomination to Senator Lyndon B. Johnson.
This evening, however, the delegates of the Democratic Convention meeting here in Los Angeles, made LBJ the Vice-Presidential nominee “by acclamation”.*
*A question still exists in the minds of some that believe JFK offered the VP slot to LBJ only as a “gesture” not expecting him to accept it.
Regardless, it is likely JFK would have never defeated Nixon without LBJ on the ticket.
Panoramic View of the
1960 Democratic Convention
photo by Irv Brent
Library of Congress
July 14, 1961
JFK SAYS US WILL SEND HELP TO BRAZIL
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy, after meeting with Dr. Celso Furtado, director of the Developmental Agency for Northeast Brazil, issued a statement saying the United States will send economists & technicians to help reconstruct the economy of the depressed northeastern area of Brazil.
July 14, 1962
JFK WANTS TO SLOW DOWN ARMS RACE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Kennedy called upon Soviet leaders today to cooperate in a “creative search” for ways to end the arms race.*
*In June 1963 JFK will propose a Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
July 14, 1963
DIVISION BETWEEN SOVIETS & CHINESE GROWS
Moscow (JFK+50) Representatives from the People’s Republic of China & the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics continued their discussions today here in Moscow.
Reports indicate that the division between the two communist nations is growing.
The Soviet representatives issued a statement saying that “peaceful coexistence” with the West in the atomic age is “necessary”.
July 14, 1953
SENATOR KENNEDY BACK IN HOSPITAL
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts has been sent back to the hospital today.
The young senator has had a recurrence of malaria which he contracted during his service in the Solomon Islands during WWII.
Senator Kennedy is “resting comfortably” at the George Washington University Hospital in Georgetown.
July 14, 1918
QUENTIN ROOSEVELT SHOT DOWN IN FRANCE
France (JFK+50) Former President Theodore Roosevelt’s son, Quentin, was shot down over the Marne River in France today by a German aircraft.
Second Lieutenant Roosevelt of the 95th Aero Squadron, TR’s 4th son, was killed according to reports.
The young Roosevelt was engaged to Flora Payne Whitney, the granddaughter of Cornelius Vanderbilt.
TR had asked President Wilson to allow him to serve in the war but when the request was turned down, TR sent his sons in his place.
The former President is devastated by the news of his son’s passing.*
*Someone said: “Finally, the little boy in Teddy Roosevelt, died.”
2nd Lt. Quentin Roosevelt
95th Aero Squadron
July 14, 1881
BILLY THE KID SHOT DEAD BY PAT GARRETT
New Mexico Territory (JFK+50) Henry McCarty, better known as “Billy the Kid”, was shot to death today by Sheriff Pat Garrett at the Maxwell Ranch here in the New Mexico Territory.
The “Kid” had escaped jail, killing 2 guards in the process, after he had received a death sentence for murder.
a.k.a. Billy the Kid
July 14, 1789
REVOLUTIONARIES STORM THE BASTILLE
Paris (JFK+50) The Bastille, a royal fortress that symbolizes the tyranny of the French monarchy, was stormed this morning here in Paris.
The mob of French citizens dismantled the fortress.
The Bastille was built in 1730 to protect the city of Paris from attack by England. It later became a prison for political troublemakers & spies.*
*Today July 14 is celebrated throughout France as “La Fete Nationale”, a national holiday in honor of the taking of the Bastille.
To all our French visitors & those of French descent: “Happy Bastille Day!”
Storming of the Bastille
July 14, 1789, Paris