Camp David, Maryland (JFK+50) Thirty-five years ago today, March 26, 1979, President Anwar el-Sadat of Egypt and Prime Minister Menachem Begin of Israel signed a monumental peace agreement here at the presidential retreat in Maryland.
The two middle eastern nations formally opened diplomatic relations with each other in 1982.
H.L. Mencken wrote that This Side of Paradise was the...
"best American novel I have seen of late".
By 1925, they were living in Europe where Fitzgerald wrote his most famous work, "The Great Gatsby".
Key West, Florida (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy and British Prime Minister Harold MacMillan met for the first time 53 years ago today. March 26, 1961, here in Key West and focused their discussions on the situation in Laos.
The two free world leaders were determined to end the civil war in Southeast Asia between the Royal government and the pro-Communist rebels.
In a joint statement they said:
"The situation....cannot be allowed to continue to deteriorate."
They urged the Soviets to accept a British cease-fire proposal which would be arranged by the International Control Commission composed of representatives from Canada, India and Poland.
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The Supreme Court of the United States, led by Chief Justice Earl Warren, handed down its landmark decision 52 years ago today, March 26, 1962, in Baker v. Carr.
The majority ruling was that Federal courts can determine whether state legislatures reapportionment plans are constitutional.
The case, which had been argued for almost a year, was brought by Charles Baker, a Shelby County, Tennessee Republican who complained that Tennessee had not redistricted, as required by the state constitution, since 1901.
The failure to redistrict had resulted in a higher value of votes in less populated rural counties.
The defendant was Tennessee Secretary of State, Joe Carr, who was the person responsible for state elections.
The Supreme Court decision established a "one person, one vote" standard for legislative redistricting which holds that each individual must be weighed equally in apportionment.
After his retirement, Earl Warren said that "Baker v Carr" was one of the most important cases of his tenure as Chief Justice.