Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, August 16, 1961, President John F. Kennedy autographed a baseball for display at the Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum* located in Cooperstown, New York.
The President signed the ball at the White House during a meeting with Congressman Samuel S. Stratton**who represented Albany, Schenectady and Troy, New York. Cooperstown is 77 miles due west of Albany.
300,000 people visit the Hall of Fame each year. The Museum houses more than 38,000 artifacts as well as 130,000 baseball cards.
**Samuel S. Stratton (1916-1990) was born in Yonkers, NY & earned degrees from the University of Rochester & Harvard University. SSS was first elected Mayor of Schenectady in 1955 & also worked in radio & television.
SSS, who served in the United States Congress for 30 years, sought the Democratic nomination for the US Senate in 1964, only to be defeated by Robert F. Kennedy.
In Congress, he was a long-time member of the House Ways & Means Committee where he was a proponent of military defense. He supported the Vietnam War, B-1 bomber, MX missile & neutron bomb.
MAYOR BRANDT CALLS ON USA FOR ACTION IN BERLIN
Berlin, West Germany (JFK+50) Fifty-four years ago today, August 16, 1961, Willy Brandt, Mayor of West Berlin, called upon President John F. Kennedy to take "political action" in Berlin.
The Mayor said...
"Berlin expects not merely words but political action."
President Kennedy had already sent General Bruce Clark, Commander of United States Forces in Europe, to West Berlin to address the situation following the building of a wall by the East German government separating East Berlin from West Berlin.
EDWARD E. "DOC" MOORE DIES IN BOSTON
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Sixty-two years ago today, August 16, 1953, the personal secretary and close friend of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Edward E. "Doc" Moore, died here in Boston at the age of 76.
Mr.Moore, who also served as secretary to two of Boston's mayors, is the namesake of Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy's son, Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy. Doc was survived by his wife Mary.
AMERICANS DEFEATED AT CAMDEN, SC
Camden, South Carolina (JFK+50) 235 years ago today, August 16, 1780 Continental soldiers under General Horatio Gates were in retreat after a humiliating defeat at the hands of the British army under General Lord Charles Cornwallis here in Camden.
The British, with fixed bayonets, charged the Patriot line killing more than 900 with a thousand more wounded. The Battle of Camden is said to have been the "worst defeat ever inflicted upon an American army in battle."