Beijing, China (JFK+50) Thousands of pro-democracy student-protesters were killed or arrested 25 years ago today, June 4, 1989, by Red Chinese troops in Tiananmen Square here in Beijing.
Since May 1989, nearly a million young students had been actively protesting against China's communist leaders. It was estimated that as many as 300 students had died and as many as 10,000 arrested during the protests.
Michael Fathers, who was beaten up during the massacre, says that Chinese troops, armed with AK-47 automatic rifles and transported into the square on armored personnel carriers, began to fire indiscriminately into the crowds of students.
"It was a lesson in brute power...the worse single act of violence since the Communists took power."
Three weeks later, the Congress of the United States voted to impose economic sanctions against the People's Republic of China.
"Tiananmen Square 25th anniversary--the massacre as it happened," by Michael Fathers, June 3, 2014, www.independent.co.uk/
Memorial of 10th Anniversary
Tiananmen Square Massacre
Wroclaw, Poland (1999)
PRESIDENTIAL VISIT TO UK BEGAN 53 YEARS AGO
London, U.K. (JFK+50) President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy arrived here in London 53 years ago this evening, June 4, 1961, to begin their visit to the United Kingdom.
Air Force One landed at London Airport North at 8:20 p.m. London time after the flight from Vienna.
They were welcomed by Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
In a short airport speech, President Kennedy said that two of his sisters are married to Englishmen.
He also said that his attendance at the baptism of Jacqueline Kennedy's sister's* child planned for the following day, would make him a godfather.
*JFK referred to Jackie's sister Princess Lee Radziwill.
Also, in a meeting with the Prime Minister, the topics of Berlin, Laos, and nuclear testing were to be discussed.
JFK and Harold Macmillan
PATRICIA KENNEDY GRADUATED COLLEGE 69 YEARS AGO TODAY
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (JFK+50) The sixth child of Ambassador Joseph P. and Rose Kennedy, Patricia, graduated from Rosemont College 69 years ago today, June 4, 1945, with a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Miss Kennedy was 21 years old.
Rosemont College, founded in 1821 by the Society of the Holy Child Jesus, is located 11 miles northwest of Philadelphia.
CONGRESS PASSED WOMENS SUFFRAGE AMENDMENT 95 YEARS AGO TODAY
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The 19th Amendment to the United States Constitution granting the right to vote to women passed the Congress 95 years ago today, June 4, 1919.
The amendment would then go to the states for ratification.
By the Constitution, two-thirds of the states were required to ratify for the amendment to become law.
On August 18, 1920, Tennessee became the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment effectively making the amendment the law of the land.
State Capitol Building
Photo by John White (2011)