Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, February 18, 1964, the government of the United States of America cut military aid to Great Britain, France and Yugoslavia for their continued trade with Fidel Castro's communist Cuba.
While the amount of aid involved was relatively small, the United States hoped it would be seen as a symbolic act of disapproval.
Representatives of the designated nations, however, objected to the action.
OPPENHEIMER DIED 47 YEARS AGO TODAY
Princeton, N. J. (JFK+50) The "father of the atomic bomb", J. Robert Oppenheimer, died 47 years ago today, February 18, 1967, here in Princeton at the age of 62.
He worked on the Manhattan Project during WWII and set up a top secret laboratory in Los Alamos, New Mexico.
After the U.S. used the atomic bomb on Japan, Oppenheimer worked with the Atomic Energy Commission for the international control of nuclear energy.
In 1953, he lost his security clearance and was ousted from the AEC for both his opposition to the development of the hydrogen bomb as well as his admitted "leftist" political views.
66 years ago today, February 18, 1948, Eamon de Valera, Prime Minister of Ireland for 16 years, resigned after his party failed to win a majority in the Irish Assembly.
John A. Costello, leader of the opposition party, would be the new prime minister.
De Valera was born in New York City where he lived the 1st 2 years of his life. When his father died his surviving family moved to County Limerick.
De Valera pursued a policy of political separation from Great Britain and supported a new constitution in 1937 that declared Ireland independent.
Eamon de Valera was once again PM in 1951 and welcomed the 1st incumbent President of the United States to visit Ireland in June 1963, John F. Kennedy.
SEQUEL TO TOM SAWYER PUBLISHED
On February 18, 1895, Samuel L. Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, published a novel about the best friend of Tom Sawyer, the main character in his previous work: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876).
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was to be banned in many libraries and in the 1950s it was attacked as racist in its portrayal of African Americans.
Despite this controversy, the novel is seen as a masterpiece by many literary critics.