JFK Chooses the Moon
Today in history, President John F. Kennedy delivered a speech at Rice University on the nation’s space effort. In one of the most memorable passages JFK said:
"We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard…"
Images: Lunar sample made of mare basalt encased in a glass pyramid with rectangular base. This piece of moon rock was brought back to earth by Apollo 15 mission on August 7, 1971. The rock, called “breccia”, weighs 160 grams and is more than three billion years old. Courtesy of NASA Lunar Sample Display Program.
President John F. Kennedy Speaks at Rice University. 9/12/62.
Today in 1965, The Voting Rights Act was signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson.
The Act applied a nationwide prohibition of the denial or abridgment of the right to vote on account of race or color. It outlawed discriminatory literacy tests, expanded voting rights for non-English speaking Americans, and appointed Federal examiners to oversee voter registration and elections. Read More
The law had an immediate impact. By the end of 1965, a quarter of a million new African American voters had been registered, one-third by Federal examiners.
In this photo, LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act in the Capitol Rotunda, Washington, DC. Martin Luther King, Jr. and other civil rights leaders stand behind him.
President Lyndon B. Johnson at the speaker’s podium addressing a Joint Session of Congress urging the passage of the Voting Rights Act.
LBJ handing a signing pen to Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
LBJ signs the Voting Rights Act as Martin Luther King Jr. and other civil rights leaders look on.
LBJ delivering remarks in the Capitol Rotunda. A statue of Abraham Lincoln is in background.
August 6, 1965.
A major milestone indeed.
See more memories from this week in history in our #Boomers50 blog.
AARP founder Ethel Percy Andrus was ahead of her time. She was talking about aging in place 50 years before anyone else. She also established the first of what is now known as retirement communities.
She went from teacher to high school principal to senior advocate.
Read this great article from the Fillmore Gazette (Calif.) about a museum exhibit, “Ethel Percy Andrus: How One Woman Changed America” in Ojai, Calif.
Images via the Grey Gables Archives and AARP Archives.
HAPPY 72nd BIRTHDAY, SIR JAMES PAUL McCARTNEY!
Thanks for all the wonderful music ♡
+1 from us: Want a deep look back at Paul’s life? Slide the rule here to 1942.
A photographer’s images document a summer of liberation 70 years ago. American John G. Morris, who now lives in Paris, is a former picture editor for theNew York Times and Ladies’ Home Journal. During World War II, he was the London picture editor for Life magazine. After D-Day, in the summer of 1944, the 27-year-old Morris joined the Allied armies in Normandy. “It was about the only time I carried a camera,” he says. Morris’ new book of his photographs is Somewhere in France.
Happy Birthday, Tony Goldwyn. And yes—we’ll wait for you.
Mick Jagger is a GREAT-grandfather … and he has better game than you, at 70!
Photo: Kevin Nixon/Classic Rock Magazine/TeamRock via Getty Images for Rolling Stone Magazine