Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Sixty years ago today, March 9, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower wrote a private letter to his friend, Paul Helms, critical of the methods and tactics of Senator Joseph McCarthy who was attempting to track down communists inside the federal government.
Earlier in the day, Senator Ralph Flanders* introduced a resolution to censure Senator McCarthy for "persecuting Americans".
Edward R. Murrow of CBS News warned, in his evening newscast, that Senator McCarthy was "treading a fine line" in his investigative procedures.
*Senator Flanders, Vermont Republican, was an early and strong critic of Joseph McCarthy. He was concerned about the worldwide spread of communism and believed McCarthy's efforts to find communists within the United States to be misplaced.
JFK ATTENDED DINNER AT THE MAYFLOWER 53 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) This evening 53 years ago, March 9, 1961, President John F. Kennedy appeared briefly at a dinner honoring the 20th anniversary of the Truman Committee held at the Mayflower Hotel here in Washington.
The Truman Committee, created on March 1, 1941, was 1st chaired by Senator Harry S Truman of Missouri.
The Senate committee was charged with ending "waste, corruption and profiteering" in the United States defense industry.
The committee held hundreds of hearings and saved taxpayers millions of dollars.
JFK mingled with the guests and talked with former President Truman who had met with the President in the White House earlier in the day.
BATTLE OF THE IRONCLADS FOUGHT 152 YEARS AGO TODAY
Hampton Roads, Virginia (JFK+50) 152 years ago today, March 9, 1862, two warships clad in iron fought each other to a draw off the coast of Hampton Roads.
The Monitor of the Union Navy and the Virginia of the Confederate Navy began their duel at 9 o'clock in the morning.
The battle, which lasted four hours, ended with neither ship gaining an advantage or sustaining serious damage.
The Virginia, originally a Union frigate called the Merrimack that had been captured and converted to an ironclad by the Confederates, was a stark contrast to the Monitor, designed by Swedish engineer John Ericsson, which had a flat iron deck with a cylindrical turret in the middle.
The following eyewitness statement by S. Dana Green was published in Century Magazine in 1888...
"The fight continued with the exchange of broadsides as fast as the guns could be served.....at very short range."
The Battle of the Ironclads ushered in a new era in naval warfare and signaled the beginning of the end of wooden warships.