Archive for '- Cold War'
On April 20, 1961, exactly three months after his inauguration, President John F. Kennedy addressed the American Society of Newspaper Editors (ASNE) regarding the Bay of Pigs invasion. In his speech, Kennedy addressed one of the most crucial decisions of his presidency—his choice not to provide air cover for the 1,400 men of the Cuban [...]
Posted by Gregory Marose on April 20, 2011, under - Cold War, - Presidents, - The 1960s.
Tags: American society of Newspaper Editors, Bay of Pigs, Berlin, CIA, Cold War, Cuba, dictator, President Kennedy
A search for “Rosenberg” in the Open Public Access system of the National Archives brings up a strange and poignant collection of documents: a passport picture of a family with the mother clutching a tiny infant, childlike sketches of shapes, a smiling couple, and an empty Jell-O box. In September 1949, the White House announced the [...]
Posted by Hilary on April 5, 2011, under - Cold War, Uncategorized, Unusual documents.
Tags: atomic bomb, David Greenglass, Ethel Rosenberg, Fat Man, Harry Gold, Hiroshima, House, Jello, Julius Rosenberg, Little Boy, Nagasaki, new york city, Soviets
In 1992, George Washington University’s “National Security Archive” submitted a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), soliciting information from the Central Intelligence Agency. Their request was inspired by a 1973 memorandum issued from then-CIA Director James R. Schlesinger, who requested that all CIA employees, past or present, “report to me immediately on any activities now going [...]
It was 49 years ago today that President John F. Kennedy put pen to paper and established the Peace Corps. It was authorized by Public Law 87-293, an “Act to promote world peace and friendship through a Peace Corps.” But despite its name, peace may not have been the Peace Corps’ original purpose. The program has its origins [...]
Posted by Rob Crotty on September 22, 2010, under - Cold War, - The 1960s.
Tags: american history, fun facts, NARA, national archives, National archives and records administration, odd history, peace corps history, Pieces of History, prologue blog, Prologue magazine, random history, weird US history
For the 60th anniversary of the start of the Korean War, the staff at the Truman Presidential Library in Independence, MO, wanted to try something different. “Instead of doing a straightforward chronological presentation, we also wanted to focus on the personal experiences,” said curator Clay Bauske. The team worked for a year, collecting stories and [...]
Posted by Hilary on August 3, 2010, under - Cold War, News and Events.
Tags: bullet, comment book, Eisenhower Presidential Library, Korea, Korean War, memories, Purple Heart, Truman PResidential Library