From “The Day the Books Went Blank”, a 1961 educational film intended to show the importance of maintaining quality libraries, from The Library Extension Agencies of the six New England States.
On April 9, 1963, President John F. Kennedy issued Presidential Proclamation 3525 declaring Sir Winston Churchill an honorary citizen of the United States. (The first to ever receive this honor.)
Civil Rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, on April 4, 1968.
As detailed in his official daily diary, President Lyndon Johnson received word of the shooting shortly after 7 p.m. that evening. After learning of King’s death, Johnson called Coretta Scott King and later addressed the American people on television.
President’s Daily Diary Entry, April 4, 1968, 04/04/1968 - 04/04/1968
“No laughing matter”
In 1964, the Department of Labor, in an effort to protect American jobs, instituted restrictions to make it harder for foreign musicians to enter the country. The press reported that these new requirements would prevent the Beatles from performing again in the U.S. Hundreds of distraught teenagers deluged President Johnson and Secretary of Labor Willard Wirtz with letters and petitions like this one.
Letter from Janelle Blackwell, 04/03/1964
Don’t miss our earlier series on the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles’ Visit to America:
Gemini VIII Mission Image - Agena, 03/16/1966
File Unit: Gemini VIII, 03/16/1966 - 03/16/1966. Photographs of the Mercury and Gemini Space Programs. Records of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Gemini VIII, launched on March 16, 1966, was the twelfth manned American space flight and the first involving the docking of two spacecraft in orbit*, the other being the Agena target vehicle. It was also the first space flight of Neil Armstrong, who would later claim the distinction of being the first man on the moon. However, it was also the first U.S. spacecraft to experience a critical in-space system failure that threatened the lives of the astronauts and required an immediate abort of the mission. This photo, taken from the Gemini capsule, shows the Agena and the west coast of Mexico.
(*Gemini VI and VII had earlier achieved an “orbital rendezvous," maneuvering to within 1 foot of each other while in orbit.)
More at the NASA Gemini Mission Page
"For God sakes help the poor innocent people of Selma Alabama"
Mrs. E. Jackson wrote to the House Judiciary Committee the day after “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama. She was reacting to scenes of police brutality during a voting rights march that many Americans witnessed on television news programs. The interlined handwriting in pencil is likely that of House Judiciary Chairman Emanuel Celler, who was Mrs. Jackson’s representative in Congress and an active supporter of voting rights legislation in the House.
Letter from Mrs. E. Jackson in Favor of Voting Rights, 03/08/1965
Mardi Gras, 50 Years Ago: “Bigger and Better than ever”
"MARDI GRAS USHERS IN LENTEN SEASON: The traditional New Orleans Mardi Gras is BIGGER and BETTER than ever as parades continue thru day and night. Pretty girls and grotesque floats all add up to fun for one and all…"
Photograph of Peace Corps Volunteer in Istanbul, 1964
Records of the Peace Corps, National Archives Identifier: 593652
The peacecorps was established by President John F. Kennedy through an Executive Order on March 1, 1961 to administer and coordinate Federal international volunteer programs. The Peace Corps program in Turkey saw 1,460 volunteers serve between 1962 and 1972.
Happy Birthday, peacecorps!
Happy 53rd birthday to us! On this date in 1961, President John F. Kennedy signed the executive order to officially establish the Peace Corps.
(Executive Order 10924 dated March 1, 1961, in which President John F. Kennedy establishes the Peace Corps., 03/01/1961)
Welcome Back to Earth!
Six days after Astronaut John Glenn orbited the Earth in the Friendship 7 capsule, he rode in a parade with his family and Vice President Lyndon Johnson in Washington, DC.
Washington, DC, Astronaut John Glenn and Mrs. Glenn with their Children Ride with Vice President Johnson in the Washington Parade, 02/26/1962
"Then the crowd really took notice when Billy Kidd of Stowe, Vermont came flashing down the slope. His performance was so brilliant that he placed third in the combined Alpine standing, while he takes second place here.”
Watching today’s Men’s Slalom at Sochi? 50 years ago at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games, skier Billy Kidd won the silver medal for the United States in the Men’s Slalom event, while his teammate Jimmy Huega captured bronze.
"…it’s the United States Slalom Team that mounts a surprise. They were given little chance in the downhill test until Jimmy Huega of California came dancing through the gates. His fast final run assured him a third place…"
Watching today’s Men’s Slalom at Sochi? 50 years ago at the 1964 Innsbruck Winter Games, skier Jimmy Huega won the bronze medal for the United States in the Men’s Slalom event.
"Jean Saubert wins Uncle Sam’s first medal - a Bronze - as she places third."
Ready for today’s Women’s Slalom at Sochi? 50 years ago Jean Saubert won the bronze at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics on February 1, 1964, the United States’ first medal at the 1964 games.