Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Seventy years ago today, April 24, 1945, President Harry S Truman was briefed on the Manhattan Project, the top-secret building of the atomic bomb.
The briefing came twelve days after the death of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Secretary of War Henry Stimson, appointed by FDR, told Truman, shortly after he was sworn in as president, of work in progress on a "new, terrible weapon" but did not provide details.
After the briefing, President Truman authorized the continuation of the Manhattan Project and agreed to form a committee to advise the President on the use of the atomic bomb.
JFK ACCEPTS TOTAL BLAME FOR BAY OF PIGS FAILURE
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago tonight, April 24, 1961, The White House issued a statement telling the American people that President John F. Kennedy, as the "responsible officer" of the executive branch of government, bore sole responsibility for the failure of the invasion of Cuba at the Bay of Pigs.
The statement reads:
"President Kennedy has stated from the beginning that as president he bears sole responsibility for the events of the past few days. He has stated it on all occasions and he restates it now so that it will be understood by all."
JFK CONDEMNS MURDER OF CIVIL RIGHTS PROTESTER
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, April 24, 1963, President John F. Kennedy publicly condemned the murder of William Lewis Moore, a postal worker and former Marine from Baltimore, Maryland, who was making a solo march from Tennessee to Mississippi to deliver a letter to the governor of Mississippi asking that he integrate the University of Mississippi.
Before he could reach his destination, however, Mr. Moore was murdered near Attalla, Alabama.