Sunday, April 9, 1967

  • Enemy troops unleashed a mortar barrage against a major helicopter landing area in the Central Highlands of South Vietnam yesterday, damaging several helicopters. Elsewhere in the war zone, North Vietnamese shore batteries scored their second hit on an American destroyer patroling offshore. 
  • Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, in a Saigon interview, said that the biggest problem in the Vietnam war was the professional terrorist who dresses and looks like everybody else. Mr. Lodge declared that if the terrorist element could be destroyed, the war would be virtually over. 
  • American battleships, which were considered almost obsolete after their heroic actions in previous wars, may soon be back in business in Vietnam. The Pentagon has ordered a survey of naval gunfire needs and it is possible that one or perhaps two of the mothballed battlewagons may be reconditioned for use in Vietnam. 
  • In the wake of a cease-fire offer by Saigon for the anniversary of the birth of Buddha, Washington said it was also willing to observe the truce but warned Hanoi that if the truce period was used to resupply enemy troops in South Vietnam, American air attacks against the North would be resumed during the truce.
  • Unlike earlier raids along the border, the ground and air battle between Israeli and Syrian forces has left most Israelis with a sense of relief, as if the violence had pinpointed the main Arab enemy as Syria, considered a weak power. 

Among the many notable persons buried in Mount Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Mass. are: psychologist B.F. Skinner, sportscaster Curt Gowdy, Civil War nurse Dorothea Dix, stage actor Edwin Booth, cookbook author Fannie Farmer, artist Winslow Homer, author and social reformer Julia Ward Howe, politician and diplomat Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and author and physician Oliver Wendell Holmes.

Beware how you trifle with your marvelous inheritance, this great land of ordered liberty, for if we stumble and fall, freedom and civilization everywhere will go down in ruin.                                                                                                                                                                                           - Henry Cabot Lodge

Sunday, April 17, 1967

  • Back home In Texas after his meeting with Latin-American leaders in Punta. del Este, Uruguay, President Johnson focused his attention on & report of the progress of the war in Vietnam written by Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge. Mr. Johnson also received a report from J. Edgar Hoover, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, on “antiwar activities.”
  • In Manhattan, opponents of the war in Vietnam turned out in the tens of thousands to march down Madison Avenue and attend a rally outside the United Nations buildings. In what was described as the largest peace demonstration ever held in New York City, the marchers made their way from a gathering point In Central Park through mid-Manhattan with only scattered incidents of violence. Several counter-demonstrators were arrested when they tried to rush a float that depicted the Statue of Liberty in the parade. 
  • Delegates to the world Planned Parenthood conference in Santiago, Chile, called on all governments to adopt national population programs that will permit their people to utilize birth control. A spokesman for one of the groups attending the conference said that planning the size and spacing of children in families was a contemporary human right that governments and international organizations such as the United Nations must support. 
  • Richard Speck, a 25-year-old drifter, was convicted of murdering eight young nurses and sentenced to die in the electric chair by a jury of seven men and five women in Peoria, Ill. The Jury took only 49 minutes to
  • reach a verdict. However, the judge who heard the case has the final say on the verdict, and, under Illinois law, he could reduce it to a term in prison. 
  • A study done for the Office of Economic Opportunity has shown that local leaders apparently believe that the antipoverty agency’s community action programs are doing a worthwhile job. At the same time, an overwhelming majority of the local leaders favor changes in the operation of the programs. 
  • Figures released by the Department of Justice have shown that a major water pollution law passed by Congress in 1966 contains a provision that has “crippled enforcement of existing restrictions on oil discharges from ships.“ The department said that since the legislation was passed, it has not prosecuted a single case against shipowners for polluting territorial or inland waters.

Max Frankel, The New York Times, 16 April 1967

SAN ANTONIO, Tex.— President Johnson’s attention was turned again to the war in Vietnam today only a few hours after he returned to his Texas ranch from the conference with Latin American leaders in Uruguay.

His preoccupation was evident as he received reports from J. Edgar Hoover on “antiwar activity” and from Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge on progress in the war and as he moved to prevent a long tie-up at a helicopter plant in Connecticut that produces engines for Vietnam.

F.B.I. Work Disclosed
The President reached the ranch shortly after midnight this morning, after a 14-hour flight from Punta del Este, Uruguay, with a refueling stop in Surinam (Dutch Guiana).

Mrs. Johnson had come here earlier this week from Washington, and the President apparently planned to spend a few days here to catch up on accumulated paper work.

With major demonstrations being held against the Vietnam war today, Mr. Johnson let it be known that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was keeping an eye on “antiwar activity.” The President’s spokesman refused, however, to make any connection between this disclosure and the demonstrations.

The disclosure was made by George Christian, White House press secretary, in listing a series of reports that were awaiting the President when he awoke at 6:30 A.M. to in the report from Mr. Hoover, the F.B.I. director, dealt with the protests in New York mid San Francisco. The press secretary said he could give no details.

When asked whether it was unusual for him to make such a disclosure, Mr. Christian said, “No, it has been done before.“ He said that Mr. Hoover submitted such reports whenever he believed he had anything of interest to present to the President. Most of these reports have not specifically been announced by the White House.

Mr. Christian said he had no comment on the war protests, themselves.

the best of the world’s classics: in ten volumes, by henry cabot-lodge, 1909.

i found nine of the set at a used book shop last summer, but left them on the shelf, because of the missing volume. later, as i was leaving, i spied the tenth book on a table by the exit! i grabbed it, ran back to the classics room (this was a large, shop), all the while repeating, please still be there, please still be there. 

they were, i was thrilled, & i love them so.

I can never be anything else but an American, and I must think of the United States first, and when I think of the United States first in an arrangement like this I am thinking of what is best for the world, for if the United States fails the best hopes of mankind fail with it.                                                                                                                                                                           - Henry Cabot Lodge

Saturday, April 23, 1966

  • American Ambassador Henry Cabot Lodge, in a taped interview in Saigon, admits uneasiness over plans for an election in South Viet Nam. While he does not blame Communists for the recent political unrest led by Buddhists that forced the military government to agree to the elections, he implies that communist infiltration of the demonstrations has made the outcome more uncertain and has hindered prosecution of the war against the Communists. 
  • President Johnson says supply problems in South Viet Nam may become increasingly difficult, but he insists there are no shortages affecting the military operations or the health and welfare of American troops there. In other remarks, he says he regrets last month’s increase in the cost of living but the time is not yet approaching when he must decide on any major anti-inflationary moves.
  • The House appropriations committee refuses to go along with President Johnson’s proposal to reduce funds for school milk programs, claiming that Johnson would put on some the stigma of admitting they are too poor to qualify for the milk.
  • At suit by three Chicagoans challenging the constitutionality of the House committee on un-American activities is dismissed by Judge Julius J. Hoffman in federal District court. The suit had been filed by Dr. Jeremiah Stamler and Mrs. Yolanda Hall, board of health employees, and Milton M. Cohen, who had defied subpoenas of the House committee to testify. Judge Hoffman grants the government’s motion to dismiss the suit because the House committee has taken no punitive action against the three and that their plea is therefore hypothetical.
  • For the first time since its January 18, 1964 issue, the Billboard Hot 100 chart fails to have an artist from the UK with a Top 10 single, ending a streak of 117 consecutive weeks.