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Mar 13, 1961: JFK Proposes Alliance for Progress

President John F. Kennedy proposes a 10-year, multibillion-dollar aid program for Latin America. The program came to be known as the Alliance for Progress and was designed to improve U.S. relations with Latin America, which had been severely damaged in

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Mar 1, 1961: Peace Corps Established

On March 1, 1961, President John F. Kennedy issues Executive Order #10924, establishing the Peace Corps as a new agency within the Department of State. The same day, he sent a message to Congress asking for permanent funding for the

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Feb 20, 1962: An American Orbits Earth

From Cape Canaveral, Florida, John Hershel Glenn Jr. is successfully launched into space aboard the Friendship 7 spacecraft on the first orbital flight by an American astronaut. Glenn, a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps, was among the seven

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History Channel Pulls Kennedy Series: Censorship?

Source: The Atlantic Wire – By Eli Rosenberg The History Channel has decided not to air the mini-series The Kennedys, following pressure from the Kennedy family. Many are now accusing the network of censorship. After red flags were raised about

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Jan 3, 1961: United States Severs Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

In the climax of deteriorating relations between the United States and Fidel Castro’s government in Cuba, President Dwight D. Eisenhower closes the American embassy in Havana and severs diplomatic relations. The action signaled that the United States was prepared to

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