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Sunday, September 03, 2006

September 3, 1960: Lodge Begins Campaign, Scandinavian Peril, Reds Help Congo, JFK for Protectionism and Race Violence

Henry Cabot Lodge, the Republican nominee for vice president, began campaigning on this day in 1960. He opened his campaign in the Catskill resorts in upstate New York. The nation needs an "Experienced Captain on the Bridge," he said. ... In Helsinki Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev warned Denmark and Norway they were endangering the peace by participating in the North Atlantic Treat Organization. ... In the Kasai Province of the Congo, fighting between army forces and dissident troops was said in a news report on this day to be taking on the appearance of a civil war. Also, the Soviet Union was reportedly providing the government in Leopoldville with planes and other support for an invasion of another renegade province. ... In the U.S., Sen. John F. Kennedy barnstormed across New England, pledging protection for textile mills and shoe factories. ... In Jacksonville, Florida, it was reported on this day in 1960 that Negro gangs were taking joint retaliatory action in response to white violence against Negroes. ...


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