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Thursday, August 17, 2006

August 17, 1960: 19-Mile Jump, GOP "Picks Negro," Castro Fights, US Would Cut Atom Arms

An Air Force captain parachuted 19 miles to earth after jumping out of a balloon, papers reported on August 17, 1960. The fall, designed by the Air Force to test a stabilizing parachute, broke four records. The jumper sustained a minor injury. ... "GOP Drive Picks Negro in Jersey." That was the New York Times headline for an August 16, 1960 story about Herbert H. Tate, who was named chairman of the Republican State Campaign Committee. ... Fidel Castro and his brother, Raul, led a military raid to put down a rebellion by Cuban naval officers, newspapers reported today. ... The United States offered to close down its uranium and plutonium production plants if the Soviet Union would do the same, it was reported today. The Soviet Union rejected the proposal, saying there would still be large stockpiles of nuclear weapons.

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