Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, February 26, 1963, McGeorge Bundy, JFK's national security adviser, issued National Security Memorandum # 223 in behalf of President John F. Kennedy.
The memo directed an analysis of the possibility that China "might return to the attack on India at any time this spring". It also stated that the President needed a political and military investigation of this potentiality.
The memo was addressed to the Secretary of State, Secretary of Defense and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
WORLD TRADE CENTER BOMBED
New York City (JFK+50) Twenty-two years ago today, February 26, 1993, a bomb exploded in a basement parking garage of the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.
The bomb with 1500 pounds of explosives was traced by the FBI to the remains of a rental truck found in the aftermath of the tragedy.
Six people were killed as a result of the blast including a woman who was seven months pregnant.
The FBI investigation proved that the bomb was the work of terrorists. The mastermind was Ramzi Yousef, an AL-Qaeda trained terrorist, who arrived in the United States on September 1, 1992. All involved were found guilty and each was sentenced to 240 year prison terms.
LAST MARINES LEAVE BEIRUIT
In 1982, a force of 800 marines were sent to Beiruit as part of a multi-national force to oversee Palestinian withdrawal from the country.
On April 18, 1983 a suicide bomber drove a truck into the United States Embassy killing 63 people, including 17 Americans. Then on October 23 another suicide bomber drove a truck into the marine base in Beiruit killing 241 American military personnel.
GRAND TETON BECOMES NATIONAL PARK
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 86 years ago today, February 26, 1929, President Calvin Coolidge signed a law at the White House establishing the Grant Teton National Park in Wyoming.
GRAND CANYON BECOMES NATIONAL PARK
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 96 years ago today, February 26, 1919, the Interior Department announced that the Grand Canyon would become a national park.
More than 800,000 acres had been designated for the park by President Woodrow Wilson.