STRONTIUM 90 LEVELS DOUBLED IN MILK SUPPLY 51 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) U.S. public health officials announced fifty-one years ago, August 11, 1963, that nuclear tests in the atmosphere conducted in 1962 had doubled the levels of Strontium 90 found in the nation's milk supplies.
Strontium 90 is known as a "bone seeker" which causes bone cancer and leukemia.*
This study helped convince JFK to negotiate for a Nuclear Test Ban which would prohibit testing anywhere but underground.
BOHLEN NAMED AMBASSADOR TO FRANCE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy named Charles E. Bohlen as United States ambassador to France fifty-two years ago, August 11, 1962.
Mr. Bohlen was born in Clayton, New York. He graduated from Harvard in 1927. CEB served as French ambassador until his retirement in January 1969.
RIOTS BROKE OUT IN WATTS 49 YEARS AGO
Los Angeles, California (JFK+50) The Watts Riots broke out forty-nine years ago here in Los Angeles, August 11, 1965.
At 7 p.m. (PDT) Marquette Frye, an African-American, was stopped by a California Highway Patrolman for reckless driving in Watts. Soon after Frye's arrest, a riot broke out among about 200 people who had gathered on the scene.
Rocks and other objects were thrown by the mob at the officers. Rioting continued for the next 4 hours.
The Watts Riots continued for six days with 34 dead, more than a thousand wounded and over 3400 arrested.