Mexico City, Mexico (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy spoke and took part in a wreath laying ceremony at the Independence Monument here in Mexico City 52 years ago today, June 30, 1962.
President Kennedy told the audience that it is appropriate to celebrate the 4th of July in Mexico because...
"the people who wrote the Declaration of Independence....recognized...they were not merely advancing a theory of government for the people of the United States, but for the people around the world."
SANDY KOUFAX PITCHES FIRST NO HITTER
Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) Twenty-six year old Sandy Koufax struck out 13 hitters 52 years ago today, June 30, 1962. on his way to the first no-hitter of his career.
In the game played at Dodger Stadium here in Los Angeles, Koufax blanked the New York Mets 5-0.
Pitching from 1955 through 1961, Koufax showed signs of greatness but was very inconsistent. His record through that period was 36 wins and 51 losses.
In 1962, however, taking a veteran catcher's advice to "take the grunt out of the fastball", Koufax turned things around.
Koufax would win three Cy Young Awards and be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
Opposing hitters had an advantage because they knew what type of pitch Koufax was going to throw, but it did them little good.
Giants star Willie Mays said...
"I knew every pitch he was going to throw and I still couldn't hit him."
TRUMAN ORDERS US FORCES TO KOREA
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Harry S Truman ordered American forces to Korea 64 years ago today, June 30, 1950.
The order came just three days after the United Nations Security Council voted to support South Korea after the invasion by the North Korean Army on June 25.
Over the next 3 years, the US will provide half the UN ground forces in Korea as well as a majority of the air and naval power.
FDR APPOINTS JOE KENNEDY, SR. TO SEC
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Eighty years ago today, June 30, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. to serve on the newly created Securities and Exchange Commission.
The SEC was to be a bi-partisan agency designed to protect the public from investing in unsafe securities and to regulate the stock market.
Mr. Kennedy would serve a 5 year term.
On July 2, 1934, Joe Kennedy was elected the first chairman of the SEC.