Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, April 25, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson appointed General William Westmoreland as head of the Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam.
General Westmoreland replaced General Paul Harkins on June 20, 1964 and held the postition until March 3, 1968 when LBJ announced his appointment to Army Chief of Staff.
TRUMAN OPENS FIRST WHITE HOUSE BOWLING ALLEY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 67 years ago today, April 25, 1947, President Harry S Truman opened the first bowling alley in the West Wing of the White House.
The two lane bowling alley was presented to the President as a gift from some fellow Missourians.
Mr. Truman's first ball knocked down 7 of 10 pins.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower, an avid golfer, had little use for the bowling alley and had it turned into a copy room in 1955.
When Richard M. Nixon became President, he had a single lane bowling alley installed.
Truman's White House Bowling Alley
EAST MEETS WEST AT THE ELBE
Soviet and American soldiers met each other 69 years ago today, April 25, 1945, at the Elbe River in Germany.
The Americans were from the US 1st Army patrol.
The meeting took place on the west bank of the Elbe and was followed by another meeting at Torgau.
In attendance at the event was Soviet Marshal Georgi K. Zhukov.