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  1. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    20 Jan '15 20:16
    On This Date in History

    "Jan 20, 1961: John F. Kennedy inaugurated: On January 20, 1961, on the newly renovated east front of the United States Capitol, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is inaugurated as the 35th president of the United States. It was a cold and clear day, and the nation's capital was covered with a snowfall from the previous night. The ceremony began with a religious invocation and prayers, and then African-American opera singer Marian Anderson sang "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Robert Frost recited his poem "The Gift Outright." Kennedy was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice Earl Warren. During his famous inauguration address, Kennedy, the youngest candidate ever elected to the presidency and the country's first Catholic president, declared that "the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans" and appealed to Americans to "ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country."

    Born in Brookline, Massachusetts, in 1917, Kennedy was the son of Joseph Patrick Kennedy, a wealthy businessman. Both of his grandfathers were politicians, and his father served appointed positions in the Roosevelt administration, most prominently as U.S. ambassador to Britain. Kennedy volunteered to fight in World War II and was decorated for an August 1943 action in which he saved several of his men after the PT torpedo boat he was commanding was sunk in the South Pacific. In 1944, Kennedy's older brother, Joseph, was killed in a bombing mission over Belgium. Joseph had planned to make a career in politics, and Kennedy, discharged and working as a reporter, decided to enter politics in his place.

    He won the Democratic nomination for the 11th Congressional District of Massachusetts, defeated his Republican opponent, and became a U.S. congressman at the age of 29. Twice reelected, he was known in Congress for his foreign policy expertise, often taking a bipartisan stance when it came to issues of national security. In the election of 1952, in which the Republicans won the White House and majorities in Congress, Kennedy captured the Senate seat of Republican Henry Cabot Lodge Jr. after an intensive campaign.

    In 1956, he nearly became the running mate of Democratic presidential candidate Adlai Stevenson, winning Kennedy wide national exposure and leading him to consider a bid for the 1960 presidential nomination. In 1957, he won the Pulitzer Prize for his book of biographical essays, Profiles in Courage, and in 1958, he was reelected to the Senate by the largest margin in Massachusetts history. By that time, Kennedy's presidential campaign was in full swing.

    The press embraced the young, idealistic senator and his glamorous wife, Jackie, and Kennedy's father bought a 40-passenger Convair aircraft to transport the candidate and his staff around the country. By the time the 1960 Democratic National Convention convened, Kennedy had won seven primary victories. On July 13, he was nominated on the first ballot, and the next day Senate majority leader Lyndon Johnson was chosen as his running mate. Opposed by Nixon and Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., Kennedy performed well in televised debates with Nixon, a new addition to presidential politics. On November 8, he was elected president.

    Kennedy, his wife, and family seemed fitting representatives of the youthful spirit of America during the early 1960s, and the Kennedy White House was idealized by admirers as a modern-day "Camelot." In foreign policy, Kennedy actively fought communism in the world, ordering the controversial Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba and sending thousands of U.S. military "advisors" to Vietnam. During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he displayed firmness and restraint, exercising an unyielding opposition to the placement of Soviet missiles in Cuba but also demonstrating a level-headedness during negotiations for their removal. On the domestic front, he introduced his "New Frontier" social legislation, calling for a rigorous federal desegregation policy and a sweeping new civil rights bill. On November 22, 1963, after less than three years in office, Kennedy was assassinated while riding in an open-car motorcade with his wife in Dallas, Texas."

    http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/john-f-kennedy-inaugurated

    Footnotes to History: Your comments and insights are welcome to this new feature of Red Hot Pawn's General Forum.
  2. Arch Stantons Grave
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    20 Jan '15 20:43
    On this day in 1265 the British Parliament first met.
    Now that's history.
  3. Standard memberChessPraxis
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    20 Jan '15 20:55
    Originally posted by The Gravedigger
    On this day in 1265 the British Parliament first met.
    Now that's history.
    YouTube
  4. Standard memberHandyAndy
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    20 Jan '15 20:59
    Originally posted by The Gravedigger
    On this day in 1265 the British Parliament first met.
    Now that's history.
    How long did it take before the yelling started?
  5. Arch Stantons Grave
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    20 Jan '15 21:56
    Originally posted by HandyAndy
    How long did it take before the yelling started?
    Heated debate good.

    Snouts in trough bad.
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    20 Jan '15 21:59
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJvjWh2Vhu4
    Groovy
  7. Standard memberwolfgang59
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    20 Jan '15 22:32
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    Black Monday on the world's stock markets
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    21 Jan '15 00:23
    Originally posted by wolfgang59
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    Black Monday on the world's stock markets
    21st January 1957. 'St Dominics Preview' aka ME born

    Happy 58th Birthday to me
  9. Standard memberChessPraxis
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    21 Jan '15 00:29
    Originally posted by st dominics preview
    21st January 1957. 'St Dominics Preview' aka ME born

    Happy 58th Birthday to me
    Happy birthday you old GIT.
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    21 Jan '15 00:49
    Originally posted by ChessPraxis
    Happy birthday you old GIT.
    Thank you , YOUNG man

    You looked up 'Edge' by George G Gilman yet?? You will thank me. Get #1 to 10 for around $30 (at most)
  11. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    21 Jan '15 01:23
    Originally posted by st dominics preview
    21st January 1957. 'St Dominics Preview' aka ME born

    Happy 58th Birthday to me
    "dominics preview

    troll taunter",

    Happy Birthday.

    Wow, are you olde!
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    21 Jan '15 01:291 edit
    Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
    "dominics preview

    troll taunter",

    Happy Birthday.

    Wow, are you olde!
    actually, it's ST dominics preview. A great Van Morrison album

    does your post even make sense??

    do you want me to taunt you, Grampy?? Or is that Bobby??

    Is 'Grampy' an affectionate US of A term for 'Grandfather'??

    Please explain GB..ta
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    21 Jan '15 01:35
    The post that was quoted here has been removed
    Thank you, sweet lady x
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    21 Jan '15 02:49
    Originally posted by st dominics preview
    Thank you, sweet lady x
    If you are handing out kisses to the ladies, it is worth the effort to wish you a very Happy Birthday!
  15. Standard memberGrampy Bobby
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    21 Jan '15 03:101 edit
    Originally posted by st dominics preview
    actually, it's ST dominics preview. A great Van Morrison album

    does your post even make sense??

    do you want me to taunt you, Grampy?? Or is that Bobby??

    Is 'Grampy' an affectionate US of A term for 'Grandfather'??

    Please explain GB..ta
    Simply your verbatim site nickname and Self Proclaimed Forum Title. Noticed that you're a Van Morrison fan in your site profile. Just kidding around with the "olde". Bob or Bobby or GB, I'll respond to all most of the time except to trolls.
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