Ann Arbor, Michigan (JFK+50) The first "Teach-In" protest of the Vietnam War was held 49 years ago this evening, March 24, 1965, at the University of Michigan here in Ann Arbor.
The event was attended by 3500 students and 200 faculty members with the support of the university administration.
The 'Teach-In', sponsored by Students for a Democratic Society, included lectures, debates and music.
It was the largest demonstration ever to be held at the University of Michigan.
The main speakers were Robert Browne of Farleigh Dickinson University (NJ), John Donahue of Michigan State University, and Arthur Waskow of the Institute for Policy Studies.
In his address, Waskow said:
"We have not yet learned that the political freedom of the Vietnamese people cannot be advanced by a military policy that relies on burning villages with napalm and torturing the villagers for information."
ELVIS INDUCTED INTO THE ARMY
Memphis, Tennessee (JFK+50) Elvis Presley, along with his parents, left Graceland 56 years ago today, March 24, 1958, to report to the United States Army Induction Center here in downtown Memphis.
Mrs. Presley later would be diagnosed with hepatitis and hospitalized. She died on August 16, 1958 just 4 weeks after Elvis left for Germany.
TRUMAN SIGNS PALESTINIAN REFUGEE RESOLUTION
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Harry S Truman signed a resolution 65 years ago today, March 24, 1949, authorizing $16 million in aid for Palestinian refugees who were displaced and facing starvation as a result of Israel's War of Independence last year.
The President said that he hoped that a permanent solution to the refugee problem could be worked out.
In 1950, Truman would request another $27 million to go to the United Nations relief efforts for Palestinian refugees.
QUEEN ELIZABETH I DIED 411 YEARS AGO
London (JFK+50) Queen Elizabeth I passed away 411 years ago today, March 24, 1603, after 44 years of rule. King James VI of Scotland would ascend to the throne as King.
The Queen came to power in 1559 upon the death of her half-sister Queen Mary.
Known as the "Virgin Queen" because she never married, Elizabeth encouraged voyages of discovery including Sir Francis Drake's circumnavigation of the globe and Sir Walter Raleigh's expeditions to North America.