Chi Chi Jima (JFK+50) Future 41st President of the United States, George H.W. Bush was on a bombing mission 70 years ago today, September 2, 1944, when his plane was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire.
Naval Reserve Lieutenant j.g. Bush was part of a squadron flying over the island of Chi Chi Jima when the incident occurred.
Lt. Bush was able to fly back to the vicinity of his aircraft carrier where he bailed out into the sea. After floating on a raft for four hours, Bush was rescued.
He would later be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Bush flew 58 combat missions during the war and in the process won three Air Medals and a Presidential Unit Citation.
George H.W. Bush
Tokyo, Japan (JFK+50) Sixty-nine years ago today, September 2, 1945, representatives of the Empire of Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender aboard the USS Missouri docked here in Tokyo Bay.
Japanese Minister M. Shigemitsu
"It is my hope that a better world shall emerge out of the blood and carnage of the past and the fulfillment of....freedom, tolerance and justice."
General Douglas MacArthur
VJ Celebration at Oak Ridge
AMBASSADOR KENNEDY CALLS FOR COMMON SENSE TO AVERT WAR
Aberdeen, Scotland (JFK+50) Seventy-six years ago today, September 2, 1938, United States Ambassador to Great Britain, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., came to Scotland to lay the cornerstone of a memorial to be built at the Aberdeen Cathedral in honor of Samuel Seabury*, America's first Anglican bishop.
The Ambassador used the opportunity to attack governments which practiced religious persecution and also cautioned that another world war could be averted by the use of "common sense" and "spiritual courage".
*Samuel Seabury (1729-1796) was born in North Groton, Connecticut. He graduated from Yale College in 1748 and became Rector in Episcopal churches in New Jersey and New York.
As the leading Loyalist in New York City during the American Revolution, Seabury wrote 3 "Farmer's Letters" challenging the creation of colonial committees and the Continental Congress.
After the war, he supported the American government and founded the Episcopal Academy of Connecticut (Cheshire Academy) in 1794.
TREASURY DEPARTMENT FOUNDED
New York City (JFK+50) The United States Department of Treasury was founded 225 years ago today, September 2, 1789.
President George Washington named his former military aide, Alexander Hamilton** of New York, to be the first Secretary of the Treasury.
The newly founded Treasury Department would mint all Federal paper currency and coins as well as collect all Federal taxes.
**Hamilton, sworn in on September 11, 1789, will present a plan for reviving the nation's failing economy. The Federal Government will pay $75 million in war debts.
US Treasury Official