JFK SENDS McNAMARA AND TAYLOR TO SAIGON
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy sent Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Maxwell Taylor, to Saigon, South Vietnam 50 years ago today, September 21, 1963.
The purpose of the assignment was be to provide an "urgent review" of the situation there for the President.
McNamara, Taylor and JFK
January 25, 1963
JFK Library Photo
The President also made a telephone call to the 5th Annual National Conference of State Legislative Leaders on September 21, 1963.
The call was placed from Newport, Rhode Island to the members of the Conference who were attending a banquet at the Statler Hilton Hotel in Boston.
"We must work closely together for the benefit of our country which all of us wish to serve. Our system of intergovernmental relations works best when there is complete coordination and cooperation between every level of government."
September 21, 1939
FDR WANTS NEUTRALITY EMBARGO REPEALED
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt appeared before Congress 74 years ago today, September 21, 1939, to request that the Neutrality Acts be amended to lift the embargo which prohibited the sending of military aid to Europe.
FDR was primarily concerned about making it easier for the United States to supply armaments to Great Britain and France.
Congress approved FDR's proposal on November 4, 1939
CHIEF JOSEPH DIES ON RESERVATION
Colville Reservation, Washington (JFK+50) The Nez Perce chief who once led his people in an attempt to escape the United States Army and the reservation, Chief Joseph, died 109 years ago today, September 21, 1904, here at the Colville Reservation in Washington State.
Chief Joseph was 64 years old.
When his escape to Canada was cut off by Colonel Nelson Miles in Northern Montana, Joseph was forced to surrender.
Chief Joseph said:
"I am tired of fighting. From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more, forever."
Chief Joseph & Family
Photo by F.M. Sargent (1880)
Washington State Historical Museum