Salt Lake City (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy, Democratic candidate for President of the United States, spoke here in Salt Lake City 55 years ago today, January 30, 1960.
Senator Kennedy, who addressed the faithful in the Royal Room of the Nebraska Hotel, began with these words...
"We have every reason to be confident as this election approaches. Less than two years ago, we won tremendous victories in the House, in the Senate and in the Governor's Mansions and State Legislatures all over the country.
The potential for an overwhelming...victory is there -- and this state looks like it will lead the parade."
The candidate pointed to two important assets of the Democratic Party...a record of eight years of Republican rule and the party's tradition of electing "a dynamic, progressive man to the presidency.
"This is the year of our great victory...It is a time of decision--a time....for greatness."
Kennedy Campaign Brochure
Later in the evening, JFK appeared at the Roosevelt Birthday Ball held in the Terrace Room of the Newhouse Hotel.
FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT BORN IN NEW YORK
Hyde Park, NY (JFK+50) The future 32nd President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, was born here in Hyde Park 133 years ago today, January 30, 1882, to James R. and Sara Delano Roosevelt.
FDR was a graduate of Groton and Harvard and attended Columbia Law School, passing the NY bar in 1907.
Mr. Roosevelt was elected to the NY State Senate, appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy by President Woodrow Wilson in 1913, ran as the Vice-Presidential nominee for the Democratic Party in 1920, served as Governor of New York from 1929 to 1932 and was four times elected POTUS, serving from 1933 until his death on April 12, 1945.
FDR led the Nation out of the Great Depression and through most of World War II.