Moscow, USSR (JFK+50) Seventy years ago today, July 11, 1945, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, abiding by agreements worked out during World War II conferences, relinquished both military and civilian control of West Berlin.
By the agreements, the American and British governments would share control of West Berlin, although later both agreed to give up part of their territory to France.
The former Nazi capital had been under Soviet control from the time of Berlin's fall.
JFK HONORS SENATOR GEORGE W. NORRIS
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, July 11, 1961, President John F. Kennedy took part in a ceremony honoring the 100th birthday of the late Nebraska senator, George W. Norris.
Norris was instrumental in the development of the Tennessee Valley Authority during the 1930s.
JFK joined in honoring Norris with TVA's Board of Directors and congressmen from districts in the Tennessee Valley area.*
*Norris Dam, located on the Clinch River in Anderson & Campbell Counties in East Tennessee & opened in 1936, was named for Senator George W. Norris.
US-VIETNAM OPENED FULL DIPLOMATIC RELATIONSHIP 20 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President William Jefferson Clinton established a full diplomatic relationship with Vietnam 20 years ago today, July 11, 1995.
It had been 20 years since the Vietnam War ended with the country unified under a Communist government. In 1994, President Clinton lifted the 19 year trade embargo with Vietnam.
Mr. Clinton was supported in his decision to establish the diplomatic relationship with Vietnam by Arizona Republican Senator John McCain, a five year POW in Hanoi during the war.*
In November 2000, President Clinton became the 1st President to visit Vietnam since President Nixon's 1969 visit.