Manchester, New Hampshire (JFK+50) Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota won 42% of the vote 46 years ago today. March 12, 1968, in the Democratic Presidential Primary here in New Hampshire.
While McCarthy finished in second place behind President Lyndon B. Johnson, who won 48% of the vote, the result was a shocker because incumbent presidents running for re-election normally win their party's primaries with ease.
McCarthy entered the race in January hoping to tap in to the large numbers of American youth who opposed the administration's policies in Vietnam.
Many of McCarthy's volunteers who had long hair and beards were encouraged to...
"GET CLEAN FOR GENE."
*McCarthy started with only $400 but by March 31, 1968, LBJ announced he would not run for another term and then Robert Kennedy soon entered the race.
FIRST LADY ARRIVED IN INDIA 52 YEARS AGO
New Delhi, India (JFK+50) Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy arrived 52 years ago today, March 12, 1962, in New Delhi on the first day of her goodwill tour.
Mrs. John F. Kennedy was accompanied by her younger sister, Lee Radziwill, and John Kenneth Galbraith, US ambassador to India.
Mrs. Kennedy was welcomed by Prime Minister Nehru and his daughter, Indira Gandhi.
In India, Mrs. Kennedy was hailed as "Amriki Rani" or Queen of America.
FDR GAVE FIRST FIRESIDE CHAT 81 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke into a radio microphone at the White House this evening at 10 p.m. 81 years ago, March 12, 1933, to begin his first "Fireside Chat".
The topic of the evening broadcast was "On the Bank Crisis".
FDR, in a clear confident voice, told the nation about why so many banks had failed and what he is doing to fix the problems.
In his 13 minute & 42 second talk, FDR said:
"I hope you can see, my friends, from this essential recital of what your government is doing that there is nothing complex, nothing radical in the process."
By 1933, 9000 U.S. banks had closed down permanently.
FDR's 31 radio talks between 1933 and 1944 did much to give Americans confidence in their President and the federal government.
You can listen to the audio recordings of the Fireside Chats at the Museum of Broadcast Communication www.museum.tv/