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June 10, 1963: A profile in courage with lethal consequences


President Kennedy’s speech to the graduating class of American University in Washington DC on June 10, 1963, represented the beginning of his “strategy for peace”  to wind down the Cold War. His bold proposal for a joint U.S.-Soviet moon flight was part of this strategy.

Kennedy’s vigorous style and clear mind never had a more important goal — or more powerful enemies.

Did JFK propose a joint U.S.-Soviet flight to the moon?

JFK speaks to the UN on Sept. 20, 1963. (UN photo credit, Teddy Chen.)

 

Yes. It happened on September 20, 1963, according to History.com. It is one of the lesser known but more important events in the last months of President Kennedy’s life and presidency.

In the fall of 1963, JFK was on a political roll. His approval ratings had climbed. He had overcome the grumbling of the Pentagon and all but secured Senate ratification of the popular Limited Test Ban Treaty, banning nuclear explosions in space. Then he went to New York to say something daring.

On the Web: JFK scholars at American University

I can’t say enough about Who Killed JFK?, a Web site created by students of professor Don Fulsom at the American University in Washington, DC.

The stylishly designed site features interviews with journalists and researchers, smart summaries of the various theories, and thoughtful reflections on Oliver Stone’s movie “JFK.”

American University, of course, is where JFK gave his prophetic “strategy for peace” speech at the school’s commencement ceremony on June 10, 1963.

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