Atlantic City, New Jersey (JFK+50) A half-century ago tonight, August 26, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson accepted the Democratic Party's nomination for President of the United States here in Atlantic City.
Mr. Johnson assumed the Presidency upon the death of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.
The President said...
"The gladness of this high occasion cannot mask the sorrow which shares our hearts. So let us...rededicate ourselves to keeping burning the golden torch which John Fitzgerald Kennedy set aflame."
LBJ went on to declare that Democrats should not stop to rest...
"until we have written into the law of the land all the suggestions that made up the John Fitzgerald Kennedy program. And then let us continue to supplement that program with the kind of laws he would have us write."
Lyndon B. Johnson
LUCKY LINDY DIED 40 YEARS AGO TODAY
Maui, Hawaii (JFK+50) Charles Augustus Lindbergh, "Lucky Lindy," the first man to make a successful solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean, died here in Maui forty years ago today, August 26, 1974, at the age of 72.
Lindbergh, who died of lymphoma, was buried at the Palapala Ho'omau Church in Kipahulu, Maui.
JFK SPEAKS TO VFW
Detroit, Michigan (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, August 26, 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts, 1960 Democratic Nominee for President of the United States, spoke to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Convention here in Detroit.
Senator Kennedy said...
"I would like to be able to say...that the United States is the first in the world militarily, economically, scientifically and educationally....but I cannot make these claims.
The harsh facts....are that our security and leadership are both slipping.
I believe that there can be only one possible defense policy for the United States.....FIRST.....PERIOD!"
JFK's father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., brought his children up to believe that if you are going to compete, nothing is acceptable but first.
DIVIDED DEMOCRATS MEET IN CHICAGO
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Forty-six years ago today, August 26, 1968,the delegates of the Democratic National Convention convened here in Chicago tin what would prove to be the one of the most divided party conventions in American history.
Senators Eugene McCarthy and George McGovern proposed a platform to halt the bombing of North Vietnam and to negotiate a withdrawal of both US and North Vietnamese military forces from South Vietnam.
Other delegates supported President Lyndon B. Johnson's efforts to reduce American involvement and begin peace talks.
With the convention in session, thousands of anti-Vietnam War protesters gathered outside the convention hall.
FIRST MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL GAME TELEVISED 75 YEARS AGO
Brooklyn, New York (JFK+50) On August 26, 1939, W2XBS televised the first Major League baseball game in history. Red Barber was the announcer.
The game between the Cincinnati Reds and Brooklyn Dodgers was played at Ebbets Field.
There were only about 400 television sets in the New York area, but the television was being showcased at the 1939 New York World's Fair.
The black and white image quality was poor as the cameras of the day could not capture motion with clarity.