Mount Vernon, Virginia (JFK+50) 53 years ago this evening, July 11, 1961, President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy gave a state dinner on the lawn of George Washington's Mount Vernon estate for the visiting president of Pakistan, Ayub Khan* and his wife.
One hundred thirty-five dinner guests were transported to the estate on four yachts which sailed down the Potomac River from Washington, D.C.
The dinner was held in a tent decorated by Tiffany's of New York.
In a toast to President Khan, President Kennedy said:
"We recognize in you a leader who recognizes that the independence of his own country is not enough, that there is a link which binds your country and ours all the way across the globe."
JFK, Mrs. Khan, Jackie, President Khan
Norris was instrumental in the development of the Tennessee Valley Authority during the 1930s.
JFK joined in honoring Norris with TVA's Board of Directors and congressmen from districts in the Tennessee Valley.*
*Norris Dam is located on the Clinch River in Anderson and Campbell Counties in East Tennessee. It opened in 1936 and was named for Senator George W. Norris.
US-VIETNAM OPEN DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSHIP
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Nineteen years ago today, July 11, 1995, President William Jefferson Clinton established a full diplomatic relationship with Vietnam.
It had been 20 years since the Vietnam War ended with the country unified under a Communist government. In 1994, President Clinton had lifted the 19 year trade embargo with Vietnam.
The president was supported in his decision to establish the diplomatic relationship with Vietnam by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain who had been a prisoner of war in Hanoi for five years.
In November 2000, President Clinton became the first president to visit Vietnam since Richard Nixon's 1969 visit.
SOVIETS GIVE UP CONTROL OF WEST BERLIN
Berlin, Germany (JFK+50) Abiding by agreements worked out during World War conferences, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics relinquished both military and civilian control of West Berlin sixty-nine years ago today, July 11, 1945.
By the agreements, the American and British governments would share control of West Berlin.
The former Nazi capital had been under Soviet control from the time of Berlin's fall.
The United States and Great Britain would later give up part of their "zones of occupation" to France.
BABE RUTH MADE MAJOR LEAGUE DEBUT A CENTURY AGO
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) A century ago today, July 11, 1914, George Herman "Babe" Ruth made his major league debut pitching for the Boston Red Sox.
The Babe gave up five hits over his first six innings before being relieved in the seventh.
The Red Sox won by a score of 4 to 3 and the Babe was credited with the win.
Babe Ruth's career pitching record for the Red Sox would be 89-46.
Babe Ruth Signs an Autograph