January 18, 2011
R. Sargent Shriver, JFK's Director of the Peace Corps as well as his brother-in-law, died today in Bethesda, Maryland.
Shriver, 95 years old , was a victim of Alzheimer's disease. He was the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, who died in 2009 & the father of former NBC reporter Maria Shriver.
REST IN PEACE SARGE:
November 9, 1915 - January 18, 2011
January 18, 1963
NSAM (National Security Action Memorandum) #216 is issued.
This memorandum, signed by JFK's adviser, McGeorge Bundy, says:
"The President requests a study be made by the Department of State, Defense & CIA of the arguments for and against:
1. Disclosure to the Soviets of our satellite reconnaissance capability.
2. The maintenance in the hands of the American Ambassador in Moscow of suitable materials for such disclosure in the event of a crisis situation in which there was ....a threat of nuclear war."
It is likely, having come so close to nuclear war in the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962, JFK is considering actions which might prevent such a scenario in the future.
January 18, 1950
January 18, 1778
JFK's mother, Rose, told the story of how young Jack loved to read the book "Billy Whiskers" & that one day he asked her where the Sandwich Islands were located. When she asked why he wanted to know, he said that was where Billy Whiskers had gone.
January 18, 1862