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Fifty Years Ago Today

Fifty years ago I was in Los Alamos, New Mexico in English class when our teacher was summoned out into the hall. She returned with shock on her face. With her hand on her breast she said “He's been shot! He's been shot!” What? I didn't hear any gun shots. We then learned what had taken place in Dallas. Since it was just about lunch period we were dismissed and shuffled to the cafeteria. It was there, over the PA system, we followed the evolving story. It was there we learned President Kennedy had died. It was Walter Cronkite who delivered the message to a quiet lunchroom. Many began to cry. I did. School was dismissed and we went home to stay glued to the television set for the next several unbelievable days.

The death President Kennedy struck our school very hard. The President and Vice President Johnson had visited our school the December before. There was a rally at the football field. Kennedy made a speech. The Vice President sat in his chair looking very dark and gloomy. After the speech the President walked the along short fence shaking hands. I didn't get to shake his hand but did touch his sleeve. It was a very exciting day.

Since then we have learned of the hatred of the President that bubbled under the surface in 1963 Dallas. It was not pretty. http://n.pr/1iCxwWv

 

 

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Happy July 2nd!!! The Real Date? Perhaps Aug 2nd, Sep 3rd or Jan 14?

Happy 2nd of July. We actually declared independence from Great Britain on the second. The notice was printed and posted on the 4th. The printers dated the notice July 4. The declaration was signed on the fourth by John Hancock and Charles Thomson to make it legal so it could be printed. The actual signing began on 2 Aug and the last delegate signed it in January 1777. Our independence was achieved 3 Sep 1783 with the Treaty of Paris (1783) but not ratified until 14 January 1784. Which date should be our true date of celebration? Certainly not the Fourth.

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