Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, March 20, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he would be calling up the Alabama National Guard to supervise a planned civil rights march from Selma to Montgomery.
After Governor George C. Wallace backed down on his offer to use state troops to supervise the march and demanded federal troops be used instead, President Johnson responded with his announcement.
LBJ's action insured the march led by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. would be conducted without violence and, therefore, is considered an important step in the civil rights cause.
Governor George C. Wallace
JFK ADDRESSES STUDENTS IN COSTA RICA
San Pedro, Costa Rica (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, March 20, 1963, President John F. Kennedy spoke to students of the University of Costa Rica here in San Pedro.
The President insisted that the United States would not accept the yielding of Cuban sovereignty to the Soviet Union. Mr. Kennedy also emphasized the primary tenets of his Alliance for Progress program...
"The right of every nation to govern itself, of political liberty, social justice and to make economic progress with modern technological advances."
KHRUSHCHEV NAMED TO OFFICE OF SECRETARIAT
Moscow (JFK+50) Sixty-two years ago today, March 20, 1953, the Soviet Union announced that Nikita Khrushchev was one of five men named to the new office of Secretariat of the Communist Party.
This appointment marked the beginning of Khrushchev's rise to power which culminated in his selection as Premier in 1958. The Soviet leader was to be a major force in the Cold War but would also oversee a decrease in tensions between East and West by calling for "peaceful coexistence".
Nikita Khrushchev, 1963