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Americans remember where they were when JFK was shot

Americans remember where they were when JFK was shot | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
The axiom is that everyone of his generation knows just where they were when they heard Kennedy was shot. The reality is that many also recall precisely how it felt as word broke, in a staccato series of news bulletins.
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Fifty years ago on this exact day and date, November 22, 1963 was also a Friday, President John F Kennedy was assassinated at Dealey Plaza, Dallas Texas at about 12:30pm.  Fifty years ago seems like a long time but this even is still burned into the memories of somany Americans.  Events like this are linked to geography in the sense, like the article states, people remeber where they where when they head the news.  Both of my parents, my Mom was 21 and my Dad was 19 when this happedened, know exactly where they were to the spot when this happened.  However, like most people they will not remeber where they went last year on a regular day.  We attach a place to the event that was so big.  Both my parents were at work, their first real jobs out of high school.  This happeneds to this day, I can remeber where I was exactly when the shuttle Challeneger exploded in 1986, Jan 28, 1986. I was in Cranston, RI in my then Junion High School biology class, and when the World Trade Center was attacked on 9/11/01, I was in Warwick RI getting ready for work.  Like most people I remember those days like I had just left there but I can't remember where I even went two weeks ago.  We attach specific places to serious event that have hapened in our life.  The big question is Why?????? As we try to answer that just take time today to rember JKF and what some see was the end of American innocence.

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Cuban Missile Crisis - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum

Cuban Missile Crisis - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
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Just a look back of what the relations were in the 1960s and how close the US and the USSR came to full blown nuclear war.  I asked both my parents what it was like in 1962 during this time.  Both of them said it was a scary time.  Nuclear attack drills daily when this was going on in October 1962.  This area so close to the US geographically made a huge difference even though the Soviets had missles that could reach the US from Russia and elswhere in Europe.  It was the fact that there would be so little warning of a launch and that it was right in our "back yard"...remember the Monroe Doctrine.  Kennedy invoked its use in order to stop the missiles.  But now times have changed..see my next scoop...

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Paige McClatchy's curator insight, September 25, 2013 11:22 AM

The Cuban Missle Crisis was a very scary moment for the world and is a very blatant example of how the US managed/used coersion in their relationships with Latin American countries during the Cold War. Geographically, the fall of Cuba to communism was a huge blow to the United States because it represented a severe military threat. The US sought to control all of South America and democratize it in the Cold War because of its geographically strategic position to the US.

Meagan Harpin's curator insight, October 6, 2013 1:59 PM

A look back at a scary time during October 1962 when the US and USSR where close to a nuclear missle war. It was filled with days of nuclear safety drills and fear of the unknown while Kennedy worked hard to get the situation under control.

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Caroline Kennedy takes public office in Japan, 50 years after JFK's death

Caroline Kennedy takes public office in Japan, 50 years after JFK's death | Als Return to Education | Scoop.it
TOKYO - Caroline Kennedy, daughter of slain U.S. President John F. Kennedy, arrived in Japan on Friday to take up her first high profile job in public office, making a late start to a political career for which her family is renowned.
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Seems the Kennedy name, along with supporting the President, still has some pull in getting appointments.  I know that many Ambassador posts are given to supporters of the President as a reward, and many of them do not have any experience in foregin affairs.  However they are usually nominated, or let alone approved,  to posts in countries that are not seen as crucial in the US foregin policy, like Amabassador to San Marino, that small independant country in the middle of Italy, and not to a strategic ally in East Asia.  With no foregin policy experience except for being the daughter of JFK, is she really qualified for this diplomatic post?  Should this post have gone to a more experiened diplomat?  How about starting out your diplomatic career in a country that is not so crucial to US interests and working your way up to a post like Japan?  Well only time will tell if this post was a good idea.

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