Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50)Eighty years ago today, June 15, 1934, the Great Smoky Mountain National Park, located in eastern Tennessee and western North Carolina, was established.
Between 1924 and 1935, Colonel David Chapman, a druggist here in Knoxville, played a leading role in making the national park a reality.
Arlington, Virginia (JFK+50) 150 years ago today, June 15, 1864, 200 acres around the Custis-Lee Mansion here in Arlington were set aside as a national cemetery by order of Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton.
The United States government purchased the site from the family of Confederate General Robert E. Lee for $26,800.
Arlington National Cemetery has hosted five state funerals in its' history:
President William Howard Taft
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Senator Robert Francis Kennedy
Senator Edward Moore Kennedy
General John J. Pershing
The gravesite of President John F. Kennedy, located just below the Custis-Lee Mansion, is the most visited in the cemetery.