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Edited by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Introductory Comments:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumbThis day, March 14th, has seen some important events in the history of our country. During this primary season of the Presidential Election campaign, we hear a lot about Town Hall Meetings and Caucuses; it was on this day that the first town hall meeting was held in Boston. This day witnessed George Washington side-tracking a potential officer coup d’étate by Continental Army officers with his "Newburgh Address." It was also the day that witnessed UN forces retake Seoul during the Korean War. Eli Whitney was granted a patent for his "Cotton Engine" that made the growing of cotton profitable and ultimately triggered the Civil War to maintain access to slave labor. The FBI issued its first "10 Most Wanted" list on this day and Jack Ruby was sentenced to death for the shooting of Lee Harvey Oswald. So, let’s take a closer look at some of these events…

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This day witnessed several major milestones in the history of our American democracy. In 1743, the first recorded town meeting occurred at Faneuil Hall in Boston. Interestingly, this original meeting became the opportunity for the community to become informed about issues rather than to allow the people to vote on issues of current importance as is done with the caucuses being held during this election season, especially in the Republican Party’s primary landscape. On this day, in 1783, just after the signing of the Treaty of Paris, officers of the Continental Army were ready to rebel and take over the fledgling American government over a pension dispute. As they met in Newburgh, they were ready to march on the Congress when George Washington delivered an unscheduled speech that became known as the "Newburgh Declaration." Both of these events would allow our experiment in representative government, unique in the world at that time, that would culminate in the ratification of the strong United States Constitution in 1789. There, again, Washington arose over the populace zeitgeist to insist on a democratic presidency rather than the monarchy that the colonists were used to from their European heritage.

BE030041 (RM) TMH 03/14/2011At the time that the patent for the "Cotton Engine" (Cotton Gin) was issued to Eli Whitney in 1794, the slave-based economy of the southern states was not well understood. Processing cotton, once grown and harvested, was an intensive, difficult job because of all the seeds in the cotton bolls. This was hard, handwork; not the type of work that non-slaves would do! The cotton gin enabled large amounts of cotton to be process, the seeds removed (and themselves processed into oil) and the cotton ready to spin. This made the planting of large fields of cotton economically attractive, but required slave labor to tend, given all the weeding and harvesting required. This made a slave-based economic system emerge as the key factor in the southern states. As the abolition movement in the north gained momentum, the southern states feared the spread of this non-slave economy into the south, destroying their agrarian way of life. The roots of the civil war might actually be traced back to this invention!

In 1951, the Korean War was the major event on most people’s minds. This was the first "hot" conflict in the Cold War between the democratic Western Powers and the communistic Soviet Union. Each of these major powers had their proxy states: the UN and the United States defended South Korea while the communist People’s Republic of China (PRC) supported North Korea; Korea had been partitioned at the 38th parallel after World War II. This conflict seemed to carry on interminably. On this day, the US Forces, under the UN umbrella, launched Operation  Ripper in 1951. This operation would recapture the South Korean capital of Seoul for the second time. The Korean War would continue until 1953 when two major events occurred: Joseph Stalin, the hard-core dictator of the Soviet Union and developer of the communist expansion scheme, died. The second event that brought this war to a armistice was the election, in 1952, of General Dwight D. Eisenhower, leader of the Allies in Europe during World War II, was elected President. The Korean peninsula remains a hotspot in today’s world.

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Two major law enforcement events also occurred on this day. In 1950, J. Edgar Hoover issued the FBI’s first "10 Most Wanted" list. This list identified those fugitives from justice that were considered the greatest threat to society at any moment. It would help promote capture of the FBI’s "toughest guys" by eliciting info from the American people. The second legal event on this day occurred in 1964 when Jack Ruby was sentenced to death for the murder of Lee Harvey Oswald, the suspected assassin of President John F. Kennedy. A Texas Court of Appeal would overturn the verdict and ordered a new trial. Ruby would die of lung cancer in 1967 while awaiting his new trial.

And now a piece of trivia for the day. Who was the first president to file an income tax return? The answer is Warren G. Harding, president from 1921 to 1923. He was associated with cronies from Ohio who were corrupt; they were convicted and sent to prison! The "Teapot Dome" scandal occurred during his administration and he was known to have at least four affairs during his time in office; Clinton’s indiscretions may not be all that bad! Overall, Harding is considered to be one of the worse presidents that we have had in this country.

We now will proceed to examine some of the events that are associated with day in history... GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2012 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to Jack Ruby:

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“Maybe something can be saved, something can be done.”
— Jack Ruby

“Someone had to do it. That son of a bitch killed my President.”
— Jack Ruby

“I am as innocent regarding any conspiracy as any of you gentlemen in the room.”
— Jack Ruby

“It may not be too late, whatever happens, if our President, Lyndon Johnson, knew the truth from me. But if I am eliminated, there won’t be any way of knowing.”
— Jack Ruby

“Jackie Kennedy was magnificent in the days and weeks immediately following her husband’s assassination. She was especially wonderful to me.”
— Pierre Salinger

“I have been used for a purpose, and there will be a certain tragic occurrence happening if you don’t take my testimony and somehow vindicate me so my people don’t suffer because of what I have done.”
— Jack Ruby

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Written by Gerald Boerner

    

    
Commentary:

JerryPhoto_thumb2_thumb_thumb_thumbEvery time I come to this day, just before the traditional Thanksgiving Day, I think of those events of November 22, 1963. What happened? An assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, fired on the Kennedy motorcade as it entered Dealy Plaza in Dallas, TX. He took his shot from the Texas School Book Depository and fatally injured President John F. Kennedy. This started a series of events that changed our nation.

John_F_Kennedy_Official_PortraitUpon his death, Lyndon Baines Johnson was sworn in as president. During his term in office, we would see the Vietnam War escalate and become part of our 6:00 PM dinner routine. We would see the African Americans, lead by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., march for racial equality in fact, not just in theory. He would fight against the Jim Crow Laws, Racial Segregation, Jobs and the End of the Vietnam War. He was assassinated in 1968 by James Earl Ray in Memphis, TN.

John F. Kennedy’s brother, Robert Francis Kennedy served in his older brother’s administration as Attorney General, fought against corruption and the mob. He won a seat in the United States Senate from New York. He ran for the presidency in 1968. After winning the California primary election, he was assassinated by Sirhan Sirhan in the kitchen of the Ambassador hotel in Los Angeles.

All three of these men would be assassinated during the 1960s. While this memorial is about John F. Kennedy, but we should not forget these other leaders for the equality of races in America. We should also not forget those who died in the war in Vietnam or in the quest of space travel to the moon.

So let us proceed to explore some of my reflections of that fateful day in November… GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2011 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to John F. Kennedy:

    

“America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.”
— John F. Kennedy

“A child miseducated is a child lost.”
— John F. Kennedy

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
— John F. Kennedy

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

 

Commentary

JerryPhotoI don’t know what shocked us more — the assassination of President Kennedy or the blatant. We were still in shock from JFK’s assassination when Jack Ruby shot and killed Lee Harvey Oswald only two days after his capture. And in a police station, no less. The question of how he go into a close enough proximity is still unanswered.

Also, conspiracy groups have aligned Ruby with many opponents of JFK, but organized crime links appear to have relevance. Arguments have been made FOR and AGAINST such links to Ruby, but Ruby steadfastly claimed that he had acted alone.

Will we ever solve this dilemma? Probably not. But we have tried to present some information to help you understand these issues a little better.  GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2010 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to JACK RUBY

“Maybe something can be saved, something can be done.”
— Jack Ruby

“Someone had to do it. That son of a bitch killed my President.”
— Jack Ruby

“I am as innocent regarding any conspiracy as any of you gentlemen in the room.”
— Jack Ruby

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Edited by Gerald Boerner

 

Commentary

JerryPhotoToday is a sad day in the history of our country — the Assassination of our beloved President, John F. Kennedy. It was a time of great sorrow for us, even if we had not been our first choice for president. I was a young, idealistic college student challenged by his call for service. As a devotee of science, I was further impressed by his call to go to the moon, as the launch of Sputnik I had been my academic awakening a few years previously.

I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news. I had just finished an English 1B class at Cerritos College and had returned to my car to get ready to go to work that Friday morning. And then I heard the announcement: President Kennedy had bee shot! I sat there and cried.

I proceeded on to work, and can still remember the the “shroud of despair” that hung over those customers that weekend. It was as if all hope had been removed, almost like the dementors of the Harry Potter books. We had this inspiring figure who had been senselessly been taken from us.

Last year, we posted on this blog an overview of the assassination. You will find it at: http://www.boerner.net/jboerner/?p=4765. Today, we will extend this to look at the findings of the two main commissions that investigated this tragedy: The Warren Commission and the United States Select Committee on Assassinations. o lets get on with the task.  GLB

These Introductory Comments are copyrighted:
Copyright©2010 — Gerald Boerner — All Rights Reserved

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Quotations Related to JOHN F. KENNEDY

“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
— John F. Kennedy

“A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.”
— John F. Kennedy

“And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
— John F. Kennedy

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