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Friday, March 28, 2014

PRESIDENT EISENHOWER DIES

PRESIDENT EISENHOWER DIED 45 YEARS AGO TODAY

New York City (JFK+50) Forty five years ago today, March 28 1969, Dwight David Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, passed away here in New York City at the age of 78.

A graduate of West Point,  General Eisenhower was appointed Supreme Allied Commander in Operation Overlord in World War II and successfully led allied armies in landing at Normandy in France.

After the war, Ike served as president of Columbia University and was appointed Supreme Commander of NATO forces in 1951.  

General Eisenhower, elected President of the United States in 1952, was re-elected in 1956 and retired to his home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania one of the most popular chief executives in our history.

The Republican campaign slogan, "We Like Ike," was not only catchy, it was true for the vast majority of Americans during the 1950s.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was buried in Abilene, Kansas.




NUCLEAR REACTOR OVERHEATS AT 3 MILE ISLAND

Middletown, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) The most serious accident in the history of commercial nuclear power in the United States occurred thirty five years ago today, March 28, 1979, at the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant here in Middletown.

A pump that directed steam to the plant's electric turbines ceased to work causing a water circulation break down.

Within days radiation leaks were elevated in four counties, but by April 9, 1979 the areas were deemed safe.




Three Mile Island Nuclear Power Plant

W.C. HANDY "FATHER OF THE BLUES" DIES

New York City (JFK+50)W.C. Handy, credited with giving the 'Blues' its contemporary form, died fifty six years ago today, March 28, 1959, here in New York City at the age of 85.

Handy, who played piano, coronet and trumpet, took a relatively unknown music style and turned it into a dominant American music form.

Born in Florence, Alabama, Handy moved to Memphis in 1909 where he and his band performed on Beale Street

He published "Memphis Blues" in 1912.

In the 1920s, the Handy Record Company was founded in New York City.

Handy's "St. Louis Blues", written in 1914, was made famous by Bessie Smith in 1925.