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October 7 & 8, 2011  


         The Washington Monument
         Photo by John White (2011)

Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) While we were unable to actually “visit” the Washington Monument during our recent trip to the Nation’s Capital, the tallest stone structure in the world was visible from our hotel room window near Dupont Circle & from many of the places around town we did visit.

     Top of the Washington Monument
            Photo by John White (2011)

The monument, also the world’s tallest obelisk at 555+ feet, has been closed to the public since the recent earthquake of August 23, 2011.

On our 2nd day in D.C., September 26, 2011, the National Park Service announced the monument would be closed indefinitely due to structural damage.

The Washington Monument was designed by Robert Mills.  Construction began in 1848 & was completed in 1884.

              Jennifer White Supports
          The Washington Monument
          Photo by John White (2011)

October 7, 1963


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy signed the Limited Nuclear Test Ban Treaty of 1963 today in the Treaty Room at the White House.

JFK Signs the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty
        The White House Treaty Room
                      October 7, 1963
          Photo by Robert Knudsen

                JFK Library Photo

The President said:

“Today the fear is a little less & the hope a little more.  This limited treaty can only survive if it has from others the determined support which I hereby pledge on behalf of the United States.”

The treaty bans all nuclear tests except those conducted underground.*

*JFK considered the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty his greatest achievement as President of the United States.

October 7, 1914


    Fitzgerald-Kennedy Marriage
                 October 7, 1914

Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The Mayor of the city of Boston, Massachusetts, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, gave away his daughter Rose today in her marriage to Joseph Patrick Kennedy.

The marriage ceremony was held in the private chapel of William Cardinal O’Connell at 25 Granby Street at 9 this morning.

Rose wore a white satin gown & her sister, Agnes, served as Maid of Honor.

Mr. Kennedy’s Harvard classmate, Joseph Donovan, was Best Man.

The Kennedys have planned a 2 week honeymoon at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

October 7, 1960


                          Nixon v. Kennedy
                             2nd TV Debate
                            October 7, 1960

Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The Democratic & Republican candidates for President in 1960 squared off tonight in the 2nd of 4 face-to-face televised debates.

This debate was held in Studio A of NBC affiliate WRC-TV on Massachusetts & Nebraska Avenues.

The debate was moderated by Frank McGee of NBC News.

The topics of this debate included Foreign Policy & Civil Rights.

Senator Kennedy, the Democratic nominee, was asked:

“In your acceptance speech you said that your campaign would be based on what you wanted to ask of the American people. What (do) you have in mind?”

JFK responded:

“If they elect me President, I will do my best to carry the United States through a difficult period.  I would not want people to elect me because I promise them the easy, soft life.  I think its going to be difficult, but I’m confident that this country can meet its responsibilities.”*

*61,900,000 viewers watched the 2nd televised debate.

October 7, 1960


Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) CBS Television’s premier of it’s new series, “Route 66”, had a hard act to follow tonight.  

The 1st show in the series aired after the second televised debate between John F. Kennedy & Richard Nixon.

The show stars Martin Milner as Tod Stiles & George Maharis as Buz Murdock, 2 young men in search of adventure as they drive across the USA in a Chevrolet Corvette.*

*Route 66 was the 1st television series shot entirely on location across the United States & Canada.  

One of the episodes “A Walk with the Serpent” was filmed in Boston & included scenes at Bunker Hill, Lexington & the Old North Church.  It aired on January 5, 1962.  

A second episode, “Kiss the Maiden, All Forlorn” was filmed in downtown Dallas, Texas & aired on April 13, 1962.

                            Route 66 Inn
                         Amarillo, Texas
          Photo by Billy Hathorn (2008)

October 7, 2001


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Less than a month after the terrorists attacks of 9-11, President George W. Bush announced tonight, in a televised address from the White House, that “Operation Enduring Freedom” has been launched in Afghanistan.

The military operation, carried out with the assistance of Great Britain, Canada, Australia, Germany & France, will target the Taliban which supported al-Qaida in the 9-11 terrorists attacks on the United States.

           US Marines Alpha Company
               Battalion Landing Team
                   Operation El Dorado
                         May 5, 2004
         Photo by Cpl Jemssy Alvarez, Jr.
                        USMC Photo 

October 7, 2003


Sacramento, California (JFK+50) Austrian born body-builder & movie star, Arnold Schwarzenegger, was elected Governor of the state of California today.

Mr. Schwarzenegger, who won “Mr. Universe” 4 times & “Mr. Olympia” 7 times, defeated his closest rival by more than a million votes.

There were 135 candidates in the race.

Arnold Schwarzenegger became a US citizen in 1983 & starred in his most famous movie, “The Terminator”, in 1984.

In 1986, Mr. Schwarzenegger married Maria Shriver, JFK’s niece.

           Arnold Meets President Reagan
         Republican National Convention
                    Dallas, Texas (1984)
Photo by Michael Arthur Worden Evans

Washington Monument

February 21, 1885


The tallest structure in the world was dedicated today here in the Nation’s Capital.

The ceremony, which began at 11 a.m., had 800 people in attendance enduring very cold temperatures & a brisk wind.

The 555′ monument, designed by Robert Mills, was begun on July 4, 1848.

Made of marble, granite & sandstone, the Washington Monument was completed at a cost of $1,817,710.

   Photo by John White, 2007

The proceedings were called to order by Senator Sherman and concluded with the acceptance of the monument “on behalf of the people of the United States” by President Chester A. Arthur.

Following is an excerpt from President Arthur’s remarks:

“I do now, as President of the United States in behalf of the people, receive this monument from the hands of its builder & declare it dedicated from this time forth to the immortal name & memory of George Washington.”*

*from “Marking a People’s Love”, The New York Times, February 22, 1885.

February 21, 1965


Malcolm X, born as Malcolm Little & founder of the Organization of American Unity, was giving a speech to the group when he was shot & killed.

Malcolm X grew up in Omaha, Nebraska the son of a Baptist preacher who supported the ideas of Marcus Garvey.

After being found guilty of burglary, he served 6 years in prison.  After his release, he became a minister of the Nation of Islam in Harlem.

Malcolm X was suspended from his ministry by the group’s leader, Elijah Muhammad, when Malcolm X said that JFK’s assassination was a case of the “chickens coming home to roost”.

February 21, 1981


Country music singer & songwriter, Dolly Parton, achieved a career boost today as her crossover hit, “Nine to Five”, made it to the top of the popular music charts.

Miss Parton, born in Sevierville, Tennessee, wrote and sang the song that is also the theme of the motion picture by the same name.

Dolly Parton left the Smoky Mountains for Music City USA, Nashville, Tennessee, on the day of her graduation from high school.*

*Dolly won both Oscar & Grammy nominations for “9 to 5”.

Dolly & Tennessee Senator Bob Corker
at the re-dedication of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park
September 2, 2009

February 21, 1948


The National Association for Stock Car Racing has been officially incorporated today.  

NASCAR was organized by mechanic & auto shop owner, William France, Sr.*

*The 1st NASCAR track will open at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.  Daytona International Raceway opens in 1959 & Lee Petty wins the 1st “Daytona 500”.

Yesterday’s Daytona 500 race was won by Knoxville, Tennessee native, Trevor Bayne. 

He is just 20 years old & was driving a Ford Fusion for the Wood Brothers, the oldest NASCAR team.

He is the youngest driver to win the race which was also his 1st in a Daytona 500.

*Note from JFK+50’s author

I want to thank each & every visitor to my JFK+50 blog over the past few months.  It has been most gratifying to me to have had such a great response.

I would like to know what you like or dislike about the blog & what you would like to see more or less of in future postings.

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Again, thanks for your continued interest in JFK+50.

John White
Knoxville, Tennessee USA


On December 6, 1884, the Washington Monument was completed. 

The cornerstone was laid in 1848 but construction had to be stopped in 1854 due to a lack of funding.  Funding in 1876 allowed resumption on the building of the monument which was completed in 1888. 

If you look closely at the monument you will notice a difference in color of the marble about a third of the way up.  This is because when they resumed construction they used a slightly different color of marble. 
The monument was officially opened on October 9, 1888.  It has 897 stairs & is 555 feet tall.

The final cost of the monument was $1,187,710.  The architect was Robert Mills.
On December 6, 1868, the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified.  

This amendment ended slavery.


On December 6, 1961, JFK gave an address before the National Association of Manufacturers in New York City.  The President would receive some criticism from the NAM in 1962 for his actions in the “Steel Crisis”. 

JFK forced US Steel and other steel companies to rescind a $6 per ton hike on steel prices which JFK considered to be both a violation of their promise to him not to raise their prices as well as an inflationary decision. 

In a later comment he said: “I have never considered the members of the NAM to be among my most fervent supporters, except for a few who thought I was my father’s son.”  

That got a laugh.  His dad, of course, was a very successful businessman himself.

After the speech in New York, JFK flew to West Palm Beach, Florida.  He arrived at his dad’s home about 6 p.m.

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