BILL CLINTON CELEBRATES 67TH BIRTHDAY
Hope, Arkansas (JFK+50) Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States was born William Jefferson Blythe III 67 years ago today, August 19, 1946, at the Julia Chester Hospital here in Hope.
Bill's widowed mother, Virginia, was a registered nurse. Later she remarried Roger Clinton and when Bill started school he changed his name from Blythe to Clinton.
Bill Clinton Boyhood Home
Photo by Billy Hathorn (2008)
Bill Clinton spent the first 4 years of his life in a small frame home at 117 S. Hervey Street in Hope. The family moved to 321 E. 13th Street in 1950 and once again in 1953 to Hot Springs where Bill graduated high school.
Bill Clinton was a delegate at Boys Nation when he shook hands with President Kennedy. William Jefferson Clinton was inspired by the meeting to enter the political profession and in 1992 was elected 42nd President of the United States.
Happy Birthday, Mr. President, and thank you for your service to our nation.
President Bill Clinton
Photo by John White (1996)
FRANCIS GARY POWERS SENT TO PRISON
Moscow (JFK+50) American U2 pilot Francis Gary Powers*, captured after being shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, was sentenced here in Moscow 53 years ago today, August 19, 1960, to a prison term of 10 years for espionage.
Francis Gary Powers
Photo by Chernov
RIA Novosti Archive
Powers was shot down over Sverdlovsk in the Ural Mountains. Although able to eject before the crash and make it safely to the ground by parachute, Powers was quickly taken into custody by Soviet authorities.
Powers pleaded guilty but 18 months after his sentencing the U2 pilot was released in exchange for KGB spy Rudolf Abel.
Mr. Powers died in a helicopter crash in 1977.
*Francis Gary Powers was born in Jenkins, KY and grew up in Pound, VA. After graduating from Milligan College in Tennessee in 1950, he joined the USAF as a 2nd Lt. Powers was then recruited for reconnaissance missions by the CIA.
"OLD IRONSIDES" VICTORIOUS 201 YEARS AGO
Halifax, Nova Scotia (JFK+50) The USS Constitution, aka "Old Ironsides," commanded by Captain Issac Hull, was victorious in battle with the British frigate HMS Guerriere 201 years ago today, August 19, 1812.
The battle, which took place off the coast of Nova Scotia, lasted 20 minutes.
Painting by Anton Otto Fischer
Department of the Navy
Naval Historical Center
"Now, boys, pour it into them!"
The Guerriere lost sail and debris from her rigging fell into the water.
Sailors on both ships said that the cannon balls fired from the British ship "bounced off" the sides of the USS Constitution.
As the Guerriere was left a virtual wreck, British Captain James Richard Dacres, who was wounded by a musket ball in the back, struck his flag.
Dacres was taken aboard the Constitution where he offered his sword to
Captain Hull who graciously declined to accept it.
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