Seattle, Washington and Palm Beach, Florida (JFK+50) The Seattle World's Fair was officially opened 52 years ago today, April 21, 1962, by President John F. Kennedy who declared "Let the fair begin!"
The President, on holiday with his family in Palm Beach, closed a telegraph key which in turn activated a signal to turn on a strand of lights in Seattle, Washington.
There were 12,000 people at the fair waiting for the lights to come on.
"This manner of opening the fair is in keeping with the exposition's space age theme. Literally,we are reaching out through space...to a star which we have never seen, to intercept sound in the form of radio waves."
1962 Seattle World's Fair
JFK ANNOUNCES FIRST PEACE CORPS PROJECT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Pleased to talk about anything but Cuba, President John F.Kennedy 53 years ago today, April 21, 1961, announced the first project of the Peace Corps would be to build a road in Tanganyika.
Peace Corps volunteers would lend expertise and assistance in the construction of the road.
Volunteers for the new corps had been applying at the rate of 1500 a week.
Thomas Quimby, who was in charge of recruits, said volunteers should have "serviceable skills" not necessarily "college degrees".
"We want surveyors, people to lay out roads and drainage systems. We need teachers, especially those who can teach the English language."
Quimby was asked why there were so many volunteers for the Peace Corps. He answered:
"I think it springs from a desire to be significant in the development f a peaceful world."
Peace Corps Volunteers