Fulton, Missouri (JFK+50) Winston Churchill, former Prime Minister of Great Britain, gave his famous "Iron Curtain Speech" 68 years ago today, March 5, 1946, here in Fulton, Missouri.
The former PM, a guest of President Harry Truman, spoke at Westminster College.
He presented the following warning to the western world...
"From Stettin in the Baltic to Trieste in the Adriatic, an iron curtain has descended across the continent."
Earlier Mr. Churchill talked about the special relationship between his country and the United States.
He also said that in dealing with the Soviets there is...
"nothing which they admire so much as strength and there is nothing for which they have less respect than for military weakness."
The Iron Curtain speech is considered one of the first references of the existence of a "Cold War" between the East and the West.
GREEN BERETS BECAME #1 HIT
Staff Sergeant Barry Sadler's "Ballad of the Green Berets" moved to #1 on the pop charts 48 years ago today, March 5, 1966.
The song about the US Army's Special Forces, better known as the Green Berets, was both written and sung by Sadler who was an active duty member and served as a combat medic before being wounded in Vietnam.
Barry Sadler, who shot and killed a country songwriter in 1978 over a girlfriend, served 21 days for voluntary manslaughter and after being shot himself in an apparent robbery died a year later, September 8, 1989, at the Alvin York Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union since 1924, died 61 years ago today, March 5, 1953, of a massive heart attack here in Moscow at the age of 74.
Born in Georgia, part of the old Russian empire, in 1889, Stalin joined the militant wing of the Marxist Socialist Democratic movement in 1900.
In 1912, Lenin appointed Stalin to serve on the 1st Central committee of the Bolshevik party.
After Lenin's death, Stalin consolidated his power by purge and assassination.