I grew up in the 60s & JFK became & remains my hero. JFK+50 highlights the key events relating to JFK in an "on this day in history" format & includes other events in US & world history. The daily postings read as if published in a newspaper on the day of the event.
JFK issued a statement of "sincere wishes" to Nikita Khrushchev & the people of the USSR for a "peaceful & prosperous New Year."
JFK described 1961 as a "troubled" year between their countries & expressed hope for improved relations in 1962.
Berlin, however, continued to be troublesome & the world would come to the brink of nuclear war in October 1962 in the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Nikita Khrushchev & JFK in Vienna June 1961
December 31, 1879 Thomas Alva Edison demonstrated his incandescent light for the first time in public.
The demonstration took place in Menlo Park, New Jersey & involved lighting up a city street.
Thomas Alva Edison
December 31, 1862
The Battle of Stones River begins near Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The 3 day battle fought in bitterly cold weather resulted in a Union victory. Federal General William Rosecrans defeated Confederate General Braxton Bragg.
December 31, 1775
Patriots under Colonel Benedict Arnold & General Richard Montgomery failed to capture Quebec. Montgomery is killed & Arnold & his forces retreat from Canada.
Happy New Year 2011
In keeping with JFK's statement on this day in 1961, I would like to wish all of you around the world a "peaceful & prosperous New Year".
I am going to take a holiday tomorrow & will publish a new post on January 2, 2011.
I want to thank each of you for your interest in my JFK+50 Blog.