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Thursday, September 28, 2006

September 28, 1960: Soviets and Disarmament, Mrs. Nixon Calls Husband 'Gay Young Blade', Paris Puts Ban on Writers

The lead editorial in today's New York Times takes up the much discussed issue of disarmament and asks why none of the proposals offered recently have come to fruition. Just yesterday, Soviet Premier Khrushchev said he would accept any proposals for policing an accord.

The Times argues that Khrushchev's latest statement of sincerity in anything but, judging by the position his nation has taken at the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna.

"There the Soviets, under the leadership of resuscitated Molotov [See This Day's entry for Sept. 5, 1960], are waging a bitter battle against carrying out the specific and detailed provisions for safeguards and inspections incorporated into the agency's basic statute, to which the Soviets have subscribed." The Soviets "denounce all such controls as violations of national sovereignty and interference in a nation's internal affairs. What is more, the rulers of the biggest slave empire in history stigmatize the projected control plan, worked out by the Assembly's legal committee, as merely another American 'colonial' scheme to enslave the smaller and less developed nations."

Mrs. Richard M. Nixon had this to say about her husband to a group of some 750 women: "He has never changed his love of home and family. When he comes in the door, he drops politics. Cats and dogs come in the door, the children greet him, the music goes on. He's the same gay young blade I knew when we were courting. ... I do not think there is a 'new Nixon' and an 'old Nixon,' He's the same old Dick I've always known. Certainly people mature through the years, and I hope Dick and I have matured."

Senator John F. Kennedy campaigned to cheering crowds in Buffalo and other Western New York towns.

Campaigning on Long Island, in New York, Vice President Richard Nixon pledged to improve housing in the nation's cities.

The French government today forbade more than 140 of the country's writers and other intellectuals from appearing on state-run radio or television broadcasts, or in state theatres. They were banned for their views on Algeria.

In Lagos, Nigeria, police arrested some 3,500 people in attempt to quell intertribal fighting.

British Prime Minister Macmillan announced he will meet tomorrow with Khrushchev in New York to discuss disarmament. Khrushchev, meanwhile, was meeting with President Tito of Yugoslavia, saying afterwards that the two had agreed on a wide range of issues.