Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Fifty-five years ago today, October 9, 1959, Senator John F. Kennedy spoke to the delegates of the second convention of the Massachusetts Labor Council of the AFL-CIO here in Boston.
The address was given at the Statler-Hilton Hotel.
Senator Kennedy said that he planed to introduce a bill to raise the minimum wage and to increase unemployment compensation.
Union president, William J. Belanger, introduced a resolution asking Senator Kennedy to be a candidate for President of the United States in 1960.
In response, JFK said:
"In Ecclesiastes it says: 'There is a time to fish & a time to cut bait'....
I believe this is the time to fish and January 1960 (will be) the time to cut bait."
JFK REPORTS ON POLAND
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Fifty-nine years ago today October 9, 1955, The Boston Sunday Post published an article by Senator John F. Kennedy detailing his observations of Poland during his current European tour.
The article details JFK's perceptions of the crowded apartment conditions, the high cost of goods, the conditions of the Warsaw ghetto where the Nazis confined Jews during the occupation, control of the press by the government and government attempts to subvert the church.
AUSSIES ADOPT STATUTE OF WESTMINSTER
Canberra, NSW, Australia (JFK+50) Seventy-two years ago today, October 9, 1942, the government of Australia formally adopted the Statute of Westminster of 1931 today here in Canberra.
The statute, passed by the British Parliament, established legislative equality for self-government in the dominions of the British Empire and United Kingdom.
The Statute of Westminster applied to Canada, the Irish Free State and South Africa with no qualification, but Australia's status, along with that of New Zealand and Newfoundland, were contingent upon adoption by their own legislatures.
New Zealand adopted the statute in 1947 but Newfoundland never adopted .
ROGER WILLIAMS BANNED FROM MASSACHUSETTS
Salem, Massachusetts (JFK+50) 379 years ago today, October 9, 1635, Roger Williams, a minister who has repeatedly spoken in favor of religious dissent, was banned from the Massachusetts Bay Colony by the General Court.
Born in England, Williams arrived in Boston four years earlier and served as a teacher in the Boston church. He came to believe that the Church of England was corrupt and favored the separatist viewpoint.
Williams preached the belief that every person has a natural right to freedom of religion and he advocated the separation of church and state.
Having moved to Salem two years earlier, Williams, charged with sedition and heresy was tried and convicted by the Court.*
*Roger Williams established Providence Plantation, the 1st colony to separate citizenship & religion.
Eventually Providence Plantation merged with Rhode Island and the colony was the 1st to declare independence from Great Britain and the last to ratify the United States Constitution.
Roger Williams Meets
by James Charles Armytage (1856)
New York Public Library