JFK SPOKE TO UNITED NATIONS GENERAL ASSEMBLY 50 YEARS AGO TODAY!
New York City (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy came to New York 50 years ago today, September 20, 1963, to address the United Nations General Assembly.
It had been two years since the President last addressed the delegates of the world peace organization.
JFK spoke with pride about his limited nuclear test ban treaty and expressed confidence that it would be ratified by the Senate.
The President said:
"We have not been released from our obligations and if we fail to make the most of this moment and the momentum....then the indictment of posterity will rightly point its finger at us all."
JFK also proposed that the United States and Soviet Union cooperate in an expedition to the moon.
"The Soviet Union and the United States together with their allies, can achieve further agreements---agreements which spring from our mutual interest in avoiding mutual destruction."
The President concluded his speech to the assembly with these words:
"My fellow inhabitants of this planet, let us take our stand here in this assembly of nations, and let us see if we, in our own time, can move the world to a just & lasting peace."
JFK Addresses UN
JFK Library Photo
THIRD PRESIDENT TO TAKE OATH OF OFFICE IN A SINGLE YEAR SWORN IN SEPT. 20, 1881
New York City (JFK+50) Chester Allen Arthur was sworn in 132 years ago today, September 20, 1881, as President of the United States following the death of James A. Garfield who was shot on July 2.
Arthur was sworn in at his residence at 123 Lexington Avenue by Justice John R. Brady of the New York State Supreme Court.
Arthur became the 3rd man to serve as President in the year 1881.
The 1st was Rutherford B. Hayes who completed his one term of office. The 2nd was James A. Garfield who won the Election of 1880 and was sworn in on March 4, 1881.
This marked the 2nd time the United States had 3 Presidents in a single year.
The 1st was the year 1841 when Martin Van Buren, William Henry Harrison and John Tyler held the office.
Chester A. Arthur
New York City
September 20, 1881