New Delhi, India (JFK+50) The First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy, arrived here in New Delhi fifty-three years ago today, March 12, 1962, on the first day of her goodwill tour to India and Pakistan. The tour would last through March 26, 1962.
Mrs. John F. Kennedy was accompanied by her younger sister, Lee Radziwill, and John Kenneth Galbraith, US ambassador to India. The First Lady was welcomed by Prime Minister Jawaharial Nehru and his daughter, the future Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
In India, Mrs. Kennedy was hailed as "Amriki Rani" or Queen of America and the Kennedy White House saw the tour as a great asset in linking the East and West.
LIFE magazine wrote...
"(Mrs. Kennedy's) every seam has been the subject of hypnotized attention from the streets of Delhi to Khyber Pass."
According to the website www.thekennedys.de/, most of the media coverage of the First Lady's tour centered around her attire. It was said that she brought 62 pieces of luggage with her on the trip and changed clothing several times each day.
"Jackie Kennedy's 'Goodwill Tour' to India and Pakistan in 1962," http://thekennedys.de/blog/2011/03/jackie-kennedy%E2%80%99s-goodwill-tour-to-india-and-pakistan-in-1962/
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LBJ NARROWLY WINS NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY
Manchester, New Hampshire (JFK+50) Senator Eugene McCarthy of Minnesota won 42% of the vote forty-seven years ago today. March 12, 1968, in the Democratic Presidential Primary here in New Hampshire.
While McCarthy finished in second place behind President Lyndon B. Johnson, who won 48% of the vote, the result was a shocker because incumbent presidents running for re-election normally win their party's primaries with ease.
McCarthy entered the race in January hoping to tap in to the large numbers of American youth who opposed the administration's policies in Vietnam.
Many of McCarthy's volunteers who had long hair and beards were encouraged to...
"GET CLEAN FOR GENE."
*McCarthy started with only $400 but by March 31, 1968, LBJ announced he would not run for another term and then Robert Kennedy soon entered the race.
Senator Eugene McCarthy
FDR GIVES FIRST FIRESIDE CHAT
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President Franklin D. Roosevelt spoke into a radio microphone at the White House eighty-two years ago this evening at 10 p.m., March 12, 1933, to begin his first "Fireside Chat".
The title of the First Chat was "On the Bank Crisis". FDR, in a clear confident voice, told the nation about why so many banks had failed and what he was doing to fix the problem.
In his 13 minute and 42 second talk, FDR said:
"I hope you can see, my friends, from this essential recital of what your government is doing that there is nothing complex, nothing radical in the process."
By 1933, 9000 U.S. banks had closed down permanently. FDR's 31 radio talks between 1933 and 1944 did much to give Americans confidence in their President and the federal government.
You can listen to the audio recordings of the Fireside Chats at the Museum of Broadcast Communication www.museum.tv/
FDR Delivers a Fireside Chat