Waxhaws, South Carolina (JFK+50) 247 years ago today, March 15, 1767, the future 7th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was born on the South Carolina side of the border with North Carolina.
While there has been some controversy regarding the exact location of Jackson's birth, it is known for certain that he grew up on the frontier and eventually moved to Nashville, Tennessee where he made his home and practiced law.
Jackson became the 1st federal congressman from the state of Tennessee and later won acclaim at the Battle of New Orleans during the War of 1812.
Andrew Jackson was elected president in 1832 and reelected in 1836.
After two terms, he retired to his plantation home known as "The Hermitage" in Nashville.
FIRST LADY TREATED LIKE QUEEN IN INDIA
Agra, India (JFK+50) 52 years ago today, March 15, 1962, Mrs. John F. Kennedy, the 1st Lady of the United States, was being treated like a queen while on a goodwill tour here in India.
She charmed her guests with her "style, sophistication and graciousness".
A day earlier, the First Lady was the guest of Jawaharlal Nehru and on March 15 she visited the world famous Taj Mahal.
Mrs. Kennedy would make a return visit in the evening to see the shrine at night.
While in India she paid a visit to a school for vagrant boys. Afterwards she commented:
"Children are the same all over the world and our feelings are the same toward them.
It seems to me in a world where quite enough divides people, it is good to cherish a feeling and emotion that unites us all."
LBJ ASKED FOR PASSAGE OF VOTING RIGHTS LAW 49 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 49 years ago today, March 15, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson gave an address to the Congress of the United States in which he called for passage of voting rights legislation.
Using the civil rights movement's words, "We Shall Overcome", LBJ said that...
"every American citizen must have an equal right to vote."*
LBJ's speech came just 8 days after the violence in Selma, Alabama. He would sign the Voting Rights Act on August 6, 1965.