Bethesda, Maryland (JFK+50) Three years ago today, January 18, 2011, R. Sargent Shriver, JFK's brother-in-law and director of the Peace Corps, died here in Bethesda.
Sarge was the husband of Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of the Special Olympics, who died in 2009.
Mr. Shriver was also the father of former NBC reporter Maria Shriver.
NSAM#216 SIGNED BY BUNDY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-one years ago today, January 18, 1963, National Security Action Memorandum #216 was signed by President John F. Kennedy's national security adviser, McGeorge Bundy, here at the White House in the Nation's Capital.
NSAM #216 states...
"The President requests a study be made by the Department of State, Defense and 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, President Kennedy was considering actions which might prevent such a scenario in the future.
COOK DISCOVERS HAWAII
Two days later Cook landed on the island of Kauai and named the group, "The Sandwich Islands," after sponsor, John Montague, the Earl of Sandwich.
When she asked why he wanted to know, he said that was where Billy Whiskers had traveled.