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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

December 19, 1960: US Deceived on Israel's Atom Work, Kennedy Election Final

Many deliberations of the president's national security council are a waste of time, the Senate Subcommittee on National Policy Machinery said in a report released on this day in 1960.

The Electoral College met today and elected John F. Kennedy to be the 35th president of the United States.

US officials had been deceived into believing that a plutonium-producing reactor under construction in Israel was a textile mill. The US now believes the plant may be making material for an A-bomb.

The US will begin soon resume military assistance to the pro-Western government in Laos.

The US moved a step closer to matching Soviet achievements in space today with. An unmanned Mercury capsule traveled 235 miles out over the Atlantic Ocean. "The next flight could include a chimpanzee," said Robert Gilruth, director of the Mercury program.