South Bend (JFK+50) President James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, after just 4 months in office, gave a commencement address 37 years ago today, May 22, 1977, at Notre Dame University here in South Bend, Indiana.
The President noted recent successes in India, Greece and Spain in bringing about democratic governments.
President Carter said:
"We are now free of that inordinate fear of communism which led us to embrace any dictator who joined us in our fear."
The President took the opportunity to speak about a new policy.
He said what is needed now...
"is a policy based on constant decency in its values and an optimism in our historic vision."
President Carter at Notre Dame
photo from www.spectator.org
HONEY FITZ WITHDREW FROM SENATE RACE 70 YEARS AGO
Boston (JFK+50) Former mayor of Boston and Massachusetts congressman John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald announced his withdrawal 70 years ago today, May 22, 1944, from the race for nomination of the Democratic Party for United States Senate.
Less than a dozen candidates remained in the race at the time.
CHARLES SUMNER BEATEN ON SENATE FLOOR 158 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts, just days after giving a speech attacking both the institution of slavery and South Carolina Senator Andrew Butler, was severely beaten 158 years ago today, May 22, 1856, as he sat at his desk on the floor of the senate.
During a break between sessions, Sumner was busy writing at his desk when Congressman Preston Brooks, a cousin of Senator Butler's, came into the chamber carrying a wooden cane.
Brooks, with only a few bystanders looking on, proceeded to beat Sumner over the head and shoulders with the cane.
Sumner attempted to get up from his desk but could not do so because it was bolted to the floor.
Although Sumner would eventually recover, he was unable to return to the senate for 3 years.
Brooks became an instant Southern hero and received many new canes in the mail, one with the inscription "Hit Him Again!"