Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The National World War II Memorial opened 10 years ago today, April 29, 2004, here in the Nation's Capital.
The monument is located on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and Lincoln Memorial.
It is made of granite and bronze and features fountains between arches which symbolize hostilities in both Europe and the Far East.
The monument also includes a wall of 4000 gold stars. Each gold star represents 100 Americans killed in the war.
A stone on the monument pays tribute to the...
"Americans who took up the struggle during the Second World War and made sacrifices to perpetuate the gift our forefathers entrusted to us: A nation conceived in liberty and justice".
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy hosted a state dinner 52 years ago tonight, April 29, 1962, for the winners of the Nobel Prize of the Western Hemisphere.
The dinner was held in the elegant State Dining Room at the White House.
The President began his remarks with these words:
"I want to tell you how welcome you are to the White House.
I think this is the most extraordinary collection of talent, of human knowledge, that has ever gathered together at the White House, with the possible exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
NIXON AGREED TO RELEASE TAPE TRANSCRIPTS 40 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Under fire in the ongoing Watergate scandal, President Richard M. Nixon announced 40 years ago tonight, April 29, 1974, that he would release transcripts of 46 taped White House conversations.
His decision came long after a subpoena for the tapes was issued in July of last year.
In his statement, the President said:
"I want there to be no question...that the President has nothing to hide...."
Nixon would finally be forced to resign on August 8, 1974.
Nixon With Tape Transcripts