Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Dwight D. Eisenhower's Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, speaking before the 10th Inter-American Conference sixty years ago today, March 4, 1954, warned that international communism was making inroads into the Western Hemisphere and called for Latin American nations to condemn this danger.
The State Secretary said that there was not one country in this hemisphere which had not been...
"penetrated by....international communism acting under orders from Moscow."
In response, the conference passed a resolution to condemn international communism.
RONALD REAGAN AND NANCY DAVIS MARRY 62 YEARS AGO TODAY
Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) Movie actor and future president of the United States Ronald Wilson Reagan married actress Nancy Davis 62 years ago today, March 4, 1952, at the Little Brown Church in the Valley here in Los Angeles.
Mr. Reagan was serving as the president of the Screen Actors Guild at the time of the wedding.
It had been reported that Miss Davis met Mr. Reagan as she was in the process of seeking to have her name removed from Senator Joe McCarthy's "blacklist" of possible communist sympathizers.
Nancy Reagan would one day say:
"My life really began when I married my husband (Ronnie)".
FDR'S FIRST OF FOUR INAUGURALS 81 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Governor Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York was sworn in 81 years ago today, March 4, 1933, by Chief Justice Charles Evans Hughes as President of the United States on the East Front of the United States Capitol here in Washington.
This was to be the last inauguration held on the previously prescribed date of March 4. By the 20th amendment, all future scheduled inaugurations would be held on January 20th.
Standing in the rain on a gloomy day in an equally gloomy economic period of our nation's history, Mr. Roosevelt placed his hand on the Roosevelt family Dutch Bible published in 1686. It was the oldest Bible ever to be used in a Presidential inauguration.
FDR gave his stirring Inaugural Address in a commanding, confident voice.
The President said:
"The only thing we have to fear is....fear itself. Nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror...."
Most banks in the United States had been closed permanently with the people's savings lost.
More than 25% of the work force was unemployed and without support from the government. Industrial production was down 50% from 1929.
LINCOLN'S FIRST INAUGURATION 153 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Abraham Lincoln of Illinois was sworn in 153 years ago today, March 4, 1861, as the 16th President of the United States.
Lincoln, who won an electoral majority in the 1860 election but did not carry a single Southern state, promised that his government would not interfere with slavery where it already existed.
He did say, however, that he opposed secession and seizure of United States property.
President Lincoln went on to state that he firmly intend to "hold, occupy and possess" its property and collect its taxes."
The President said:
"In your hands....is the momentous issue of civil war. The government will not assail you. You can have no conflict without being yourselves the aggressors."