(JFK+50) Thirty years ago today, April 26, 1984, the President of the United States, Ronald Wilson Reagan, along with First Lady Nancy Reagan, arrived in Communist China.
The President and First Lady were in China for a six day visit. Their host was China's President Li Xiannian.
President Reagan made an immediate impression by attempting to speak Chinese.
Mr. and Mrs. Reagan became only the second Presidential couple to visit China. The first was Richard M. and Pat Nixon in 1972.
President and Mrs. Reagan in China
JFK SENDS MESSAGE TO SIERRA LEONE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy sent a message of congratulations 53 years ago today, April 26, 1961, to the people of the African nation of Sierra Leone.
The message was sent in honor of the gaining of independence of the African country after more than 50 years of British rule.
RANGER 4 CRASHES INTO THE MOON
Cape Canaveral, Florida (JFK+50) Just 3 months after US spacecraft Ranger 3 failed to reach the moon, Ranger 4 made a crash landing on the moon 52 years ago today, April 26, 1962.
Ranger 4 was supposed to transmit pictures of the lunar surface back to earth for a 10 minute period before crashing, but an on board computer failure prevented that from happening.
GENEVA CONFERENCE BEGAN 60 YEARS AGO
Geneva, Switzerland (JFK+50) Representatives of the world powers gathered here in Geneva 60 years ago today, April 26, 1954, in an effort to resolve ongoing problems in Southeast Asia.
The Geneva Conference concluded in July with French troops leaving North Vietnam.
Vietnam itself would be divided a the 17th parallel pending elections within two years to reunify the country and elect a president.