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.
On December 30, 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics replaced the Russian Empire to become the 1st national government based on Marxist Socialism. The USSR grew to include 15 Republics & with its development of nuclear weapons became a "Superpower".
President Kennedy served at the height of the "Cold War" leading the "Free World" against the spread of Communism. His administration confronted the USSR in Berlin in 1961 & Cuba in 1962.
JFK was certain freedom would prevail. He said:
"Communism has never come to power in a country that was not disrupted by war or corruption, or both."
On December 30, 1950, Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, who later was an adviser to JFK in the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, declared the U.S. would "increase efforts to contain Communist aggression".
Acheson's statement followed the entry of Chinese Communists into the Korean War. He said:
"No sacrifices are too great when the future of this nation is at stake."
On December 30, 1963, the US Congress authorized the KENNEDY HALF DOLLAR.
December 30, 2010
THE MUSIC CITY BOWL
My alma mater, the UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE Volunteers, will play the North Carolina Tarheels in post-season football this afternoon.
Our state earned the nickname "Volunteers" in the Mexican War of 1848 when Tennessee sent the most volunteers to serve in the United States military.
Our mascot is a Blue Tick Coonhound named "SMOKEY". Knoxville is in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. Our team colors are "Orange & White".
After I visited JFK's good friend Dave Powers in the 1980s, then curator of the JFK Library in Boston, I sent him an orange sweatshirt with TENNESSEE across the front.
The Vols were to play Boston College that fall. He sent me a thank you letter & said: "I will cheer for Tennessee & pray for B.C." This was a play on JFK's comments in Ireland regarding two opposing teams.
P.S. Congratulations to the Tarheels on their victory in Double Overtime.