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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

October 18, 1960: Eisenhower Wants Assistance to 'Disadvantaged' Nations, Nixon wants Kennedy Position on Admitting Red China to UN

President Eisenhower today called on the free nations of the world to provide economic assistance to "disadvantaged" countries to help keep them from going communist.

Vice President Richard Nixon said today in Buffalo that Sen. John F. Kennedy should renounce comments made by Adlai Stevenson on the admission of communist China to the United Nations. "Recognized as one of the senator's closest advisers in the foreign policy field," Stevenson "favored a deal with the communist chinese which would have us trade" support for UN admission "for a worthless guarantee of freedom for Formosa," Nixon said.

"It is not enough for the senator to say that he, personally opposed the admission of the communist Chinese to the United Nations. The people are entitled to know whether to believe his foreign policy adviser or to believe him. Therefore I call upon Senator Kennedy to disavow the Stevenson statement. The American people cannot make sense of a campaign in which the candidate says one thing on foreign affairs and one of his principal advisers says the opposite while campaigning for the candidate." Stevenson was the Democratic nominee for president in 1952 and 1956.

The National League awarded baseball franchises today to New York and Houston. The new teams are expected to start play in 1962. There has never been a National League team in Texas.

Charles Van Doren and 13 other quiz-show contestants were arrested today for lying to a grand jury about whether they had received questions and answers in advance of their television appearances.

In Leopoldville, the Congo, Col. Joseph Mobuto said he had the full backing of Moise Tshombe, president of the breakaway Katanga provence.

In Vientiane, Laos, the premier, Prince Souvanna Phouma, said the United States had asked for a halt to negotiations with pro-communists. The United States, meanwhile, has resumed military aid to Laos. The aid may have been suspended to put pressure on the the premier to halt talks with the Pathet Lao.