November 3, 1957
SOVIETS LAUNCH DOG INTO ORBIT ABOARD “SPUTNIK II”
Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan (JFK+50) The Soviet Union launched into orbit today the 1st animal to go into space, a 3 year old female dog named “Laika”.
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“Sputnik II” was successfully launched from the world’s 1st & largest space center, Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.
The Russians are hopeful this mission will pave the way for human spaceflight by providing scientists with important data on how animals respond to the space environment.*
*Laika was not expected to survive the flight but her death came hours after launch due to a malfunction in the cooling system which caused the on board temperature to rise to 104 degrees F. This was not made public at the time.
November 3, 1961
JFK HAS NO PLANS TO SEND COMBAT TROOPS TO VIETNAM
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy met with General Maxwell Taylor today at the White House upon Taylor’s return from a 3 week fact-finding mission in South Vietnam.
Walt Rostow, Deputy Assistant for National Security Affairs, joined in the meeting.
LBJ Library Photo (1967)
After the 2 hour meeting, White House sources confirmed that both the President & General Taylor are in agreement that United States combat troops should not be sent to South Vietnam.
The administration, however, is planning to send additional military “advisers” to train South Vietnamese soldiers in irregular warfare.*
McNamara, Taylor & JFK
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January 25, 1963
November 3, 1964
LBJ WINS IN LANDSLIDE OVER BARRY GOLDWATER
President Lyndon B. Johnson
Photo by Yoichi R. Okamoto
LBJ Library Photo
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Lyndon Baines Johnson, who assumed the Presidency upon the death of John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963, was elected today in a historic landslide over his conservative Republican opponent, Senator Barry Goldwater of Arizona.
The final electoral vote tally is 486 to 52.
Goldwater carried only 5 states of the Deep South along with his home state of Arizona.
Senator Barry Goldwater
Photo by Marion S. Trikosko (1962)
LBJ carried 44 states & the District of Columbia.
The final popular vote total was 43 million to 27 million.
President Johnson will be inaugurated for his 1st full term on January 20, 1965.
November 3, 1969
NIXON ASKS FOR SUPPORT OF SILENT MAJORITY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Richard Milhous Nixon spoke on radio & television tonight asking for support of his policies in Vietnam.
Nixon said the United States will continue…“our support for the war in Vietnam.”
The President added that “our commitment in Vietnam (continues) until the communists agree to a fair & honorable peace.”
Mr. Nixon called upon the “great silent majority” of Americans to support him in his quest for an honorable peace.
Nixon Confers With LBJ
July 26, 1968
White House Cabinet Room
LBJ Library Photo