PRESIDENT FORD ESCAPED ASSASSINATION ATTEMPT 40 YEARS AGO
Sacramento, California (JFK+50) Forty years ago today, September 5, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford survived an attempt on his life by Charles Manson follower, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme.
Miss Fromme was disarmed by a Secret Service agent before she could fire one or more of the four bullets in the chamber of her 45 caliber pistol.
Ford, the first sitting POTUS to testify orally in a criminal trial, recalled seeing a hand in the crowd at a park here in Sacramento holding a large handgun. While the weapon was not fired at Ford, it was only about two feet from the President.
Less than 3 weeks later, another assassination attempt was made on President Ford. This one was in San Francisco when Sara Jane Moore fired one shot from a .38 caliber pistol. The shot missed Mr. Ford and the would-be assassin was subdued before she could fire additional shots.
Ironically, Gerald Ford served on the Warren Commission which investigated the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Squeaky Fromme was found guilty and sentenced to life imprisonment. She was paroled at the age of 60 and released from the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Texas on August 14, 2009.
"Gerald Ford recalls 'Squeaky' Fromme's assassination attempt," CBS News, August 27, 2013, www.cbsnews.com/
RUSSO-JAPANESE WAR ENDED 110 YEARS AGO
Portsmouth, New Hampshire (JFK+50) A century and ten years ago today, September 5, 1905, a war between Japan and Russia officially ended with the signing of a peace treaty here in Portsmouth.
By the terms of the treaty, Russia agreed to cede the island of Sakhalin to Japan. Peace between the two nations was negotiated by President Theodore Roosevelt who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.