JFK SAYS GOVERNMENT CAREER OFFERS HAPPINESS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy, speaking to about 5000 students 50 years ago today, August 27, 1963, recommended government service as a career.
The students, in the Nation's Capital as summer employees of the Federal Government, were gathered on the South Lawn at the White House.
JFK Greets Peace Corps Volunteers
August 9, 1962
Photo by Rowland Scherman
JFK Library Image
President Kennedy said...
"I can assure you that there is no career which you will adopt when you leave college that will bring you a more and greater sense of satisfaction and a greater feeling of participation in a great effort than will your work here or in your State or in your community."
The President predicted....
"This generation of Americans...will deal with the most difficult, sensitive and dangerous problems that any society of people has ever dealt with at any age."
JFK counseled the students to "understand the great issues" and attempt to have their own view carried out.
The President said their talents were "vitally needed" and, in his opinion, government service would offer them "happiness."
JFK concluded his remarks by saying...
"The Greeks defined happiness as the full use of your powers along lines of excellence, and I can imagine no place where you can use your powers more fully along lines more excellent in the 1960's than to be in the service of the United States."
"Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States: John F. Kennedy, 1963, United States Government Printing Office, Washington, 1964.
RED SCARE DOMINATED NY TIMES FRONT PAGE
New York City (JFK+50) Sixty-one years ago today, August 27, 1952, The New York Times carried three articles on its front page relating to the impact the RED SCARE would have on upcoming elections.
In one of the articles, the Times reported that the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, made up of mostly Republicans, had made the charge that the Radio Writers Guild was dominated by a "small group of communists".
Another article reported the AMERICAN LEGION was demanding, for the 3rd year in a row, that President Harry S Truman fire his Secretary of State Dean Acheson for a "lack of vigor" in fighting communism.
The final article quoteed Democratic presidential nominee Adlai Stevenson as being critical of the use of "patriotism" by Senator Joseph McCarthy in attacking "good Americans" such as Acheson and General George C. Marshall.
LBJ BORN IN TEXAS 105 YEARS AGO TODAY
Stonewall, Texas (JFK+50) Samuel Ealy Johnson, Jr. and Rebekah Baines Johnson were the proud parents of a baby boy born here in Stonewall 105 years ago today, August 27, 1908.
They named their son LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON*.
LBJ was born in a small farmhouse located along the Pedernales River.
LBJ at 1 Month
Stonewall, Texas (1908)
LBJ Library Photo
*Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973) After teaching Mexican-American children in Cotulla, Texas, LBJ graduated from Southwest Texas State Teacher's College in 1930. He taught at Pearsall High School and Sam Houston High School in Houston.
LBJ was elected to Congress in 1937, served in the US Navy in WWII, and was elected to the Senate in 1948. Senator Johnson was majority leader 1955-1961, Vice President 1961-63, and 36th POTUS 1963-1969.
LORD MOUNTBATTEN KILLED BY IRA BOMB BLAST 34 YEARS AGO TODAY
London, U.K. (JFK+50) Lord Louis Mountbatten was killed 34 years ago today, August 27, 1979, when Irish Republican Army (IRA) terrorists set off a fifty pound bomb hidden aboard his fishing vessel.
The 79 year old Mountbatten, the 2nd cousin of Queen Elizabeth II, was enjoying the day with his family off Ireland's northwest coast when the bomb exploded.
He was commander of the 5th destroyer flotilla in WWII and in 1942 was appointed chief of operations eventually becoming Supreme Allied Commander of Southeast Asia.*
*This was the 1st attack by the IRA on the British Royal Family.
Lord Louis Mountbatten
Photo by Allan Warren (1976)