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Saturday, September 16, 2006

September 16, 1960: JFK warns Soviets, Khrushchev Says Better Relations Ahead, Soviet Ships Trawling for Nose Cone, Mobuto Tightens Control

Sen. John F. Kennedy, the Democratic candidate for president, warned Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev not to try to divide the United States when he comes to New York to attend the United Nations General Assembly. "You may try to praise of condemn one candidate more than another, you may try to express your preferences or doubts [but] the American people are not going to be influenced in this election by what the Kremlin does or does not say." Kennedy said Khrushchev may believe "that we are a divided country or that one side favors appeasement, or that the humiliation of our president would be pleasing to his political opponents." Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev said in London on this day in 1960 that "better times will come" in relations with the United States. At the same time the Soviet government said the U.S. was responsible for the tension building over next week's opening of the United Nations General Assembly, which Khrushchev is coming to the U.S. to attend. In other Cold War news the U.S. Navy made public photographs of Soviet ships in the North Atlantic that may be "preparing to recover some kind of space nose cone," according to one news account. The report said the ships were carrying "electronic gear." Also, in Washington, there was a report that the Soviet Union possessed an atomic-powered submarine. In the Congo, President Joseph Kanavubu told two Communist ambassadors, one from the Soviet Union, to leave the country. Meanwhile, Patrice Lumumba was reported missing and 20 of his aides under arrest as Joseph Mobutu, who ordered the diplomats out, strengthened his control. A report in today's edition of the New York Times headlined, "Harlem Sentiment Found Rising Against Democrats" raises the specter of Negroes voting Republican in the November election, in part because of disaffection over their poor treatment in the Democratically-dominated South.

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