«NOVEMBER 22, 1963 (Friday) 12:00 AM (Nov. 22, 1963) Nine Secret Service agents drinking at Pat Kirkwood’s bar the “Cellar Door” in Fort Worth, ...»
October 31, 1968 Aristotle Onassis calls Yannis Georgakis and tells him that he has decided against making payments to Mahmoud Hamshari. The Palestinians have attempted to blackmail Onassis by threatening to bomb flights of his airline, Olympic, unless he pays them an initial sum of $200,000. Nemesis November 5, 1968 Richard Nixon elected President with 43.4 percent of the popular vote. LBJ says to an aide: “Tell Edgar Hoover that I have taken care of him since the beginning of my administration, and now that I am leaving, I expect him to take care of me....There will be any number of crackpots trying to get at me after January 20, 1969.” (LBJ will die four years from now.) December 19, 1968 Aristotle Onassis, dining with Yannis Georgakis at his Glyfada villa, gets a call from his secretary in London informing him that a man has called on Onassis’s private line to say that a bomb has been placed aboard the evening Olympic flight out of Kennedy International Airport to Athens - the flight on which Jackie Onassis, her two children, and four friends are booked to fly to Greece for the Christmas holidays. The aircraft is turned back just as it is taxiing toward the takeoff runway. The flight is delayed more than four hours while the NYPD bomb squad checks the plane and every piece of luggage. No bomb is found.
Before his death, Mary Bancroft asks Dulles which of his Presidential superiors has been his favorite. He replies: “I’ll tell you this:
Harry Truman always did his homework, and he was awfully nice to me.” January 10, 1969 Dallas Police Deputy Buddy Walthers is killed in a hotel room while trying to arrest a n wanted criminal without a warrant. (Walthers was in Dealey Plaza immediately following the assassination. He found a bullet in the grass near the curb on Elm Street. He turned it over to someone he believed was an FBI agent, who immediately pocketed it. The bullet disappeared.) Walthers, while arresting a wanted criminal, allows him to go into the bathroom and dress. When the man emerges, he shoots Walthers in the chest and kills him. Walthers’s partner, Alvin Maddox, is shot in the foot.
January 7, 1969 RFK murder trial opens, Sirhan Sirhan accused.
January 17, 1969 Clark Panel report on JFK autopsy X-rays and photographs released.
January 20, 1969 Richard Nixon is inaugurated as 37th President of the United States.
During his parade down Pennsylvania Avenue to the White House, the limousine bearing the Nixon family is pelted with sticks, stones, empty beer cans, and homemade smoke bombs. Nixon decides to do away with the White House indoor swimming pool that JFK enjoyed during his presidency. Nixon turns the space into a press room. Jackie Kennedy has left a plaque in her White House bedroom which reads: “In this room John Fitzgerald Kennedy lived with his wife Jacqueline...” Nixon has the plaque removed. Nixon also has a Monet landscape, donated to the White House by the Kennedy family, removed from the Green Room. Nixon will also instruct his communications director Herb Klein to count the number of times Edward Kennedy is mentioned on the network television news.
LBJ retires to his Texas ranch, where he devotes himself to writing his version of the presidential years, “The Vantage Point” (1971) and to the establishment of both a library to house his presidential papers and the Lyndon Baines Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin. He sees a psychiatrist and continues to have heart problems.
January 21, 1969 Clay Shaw’s conspiracy trial opens in New Orleans. The selection of a jury has been predictably difficult.
The first prospective juror examined is promptly excused. His name: John Kennedy. This trial will last 39 days and will be one of the best publicized in American history.
January 26, 1969 Dr. Henry Delaune murdered. Brother-in-law and sometimes assistant to Nicholas Chetta, Corner n of New Orleans and a key witness in Jim Garrison’s case against Clay Shaw.
February 12, 1969 After six weeks of preliminaries and jury selection, Sirhan Bishara Sirhan stands trial in the Los Angeles County Superior Court under accusations of having killed Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Nemesis February 13, 1969 Abraham Zapruder appears as a prosecution witness in the Clay Shaw trial in New Orleans. He identifies the film shown at the trial as identical to the film he shot in Dallas, as the film was shown for the first time in public. It is shown 5 times to day, altogether. By the end of the case, it will have been shown 5 more times, once frame by frame. While the film is in Jim Garrison’s possession, many copies are covertly made. Garrison lets Mark Lane make 100 copies for distribution “to colleges and universities.” Copies begin surfacing all over the country; some are 9th or 10th generation copies.
February 14, 1969 CIA Domestic Contacts man in Dallas, J. Walton Moore, writes from Houston that “Mr. H.L. Hunt has been very concerned that District Attorney Garrison will try to involve him in the Kennedy Assassination.” February 18, 1969 Clyde Johnson, a former Kentwood, Louisiana Preacher is scheduled to testify against Clay Shaw regarding the personal relationship between Clay Shaw and Oswald. He never testifies because he is severely beaten. Previously he told Jim Garrison that on September 2, 1963, from 2:00 to 9:00 PM, he had spoken with Ruby, Clay Shaw, and Oswald at the Jack Tar Capital House in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
February 28, 1969 L.A. Court refuses Sirhan Sirhan’s request to be executed.
March 1, 1969 The verdict is in on Jim Garrison’s trial of Clay Shaw in New Orleans. After only one ballot, the jury finds Clay Shaw innocent of conspiracy to assassinate John F. Kennedy. It has been two years to the day since Shaw was arrested. Two days from now, Garrison will charge Shaw with perjury. Five years from now, (1974) his legal entanglements with Garrison still in the courts, Clay Shaw (61) will die of cancer.
March 3, 1969 Sirhan Sirhan testifies he killed RFK.
March 11, 1969 James Earl Ray pleads guilty to killing Martin Luther King and arrives at the Tennessee State Prison, where he will serve a 99-year jail sentence.
The prosecution and defense attorneys agree that there is no evidence linking Ray to any conspiracy. Ray publicly says he cannot agree with former General Ramsey Clark, who, with FBI chief, J. Edgar Hoover, has concluded, after one investigation, that Ray acted alone.
March 27, 1969 Mary E. Bledsoe dies. She is 72 years old. Bledsoe told the W.C. that she saw Oswald board a bus n near Dealey Plaza ten minutes after the assassination. The Midlothian Mirror (April 10, 1969) reports “... we have learned that her son was acquainted with [assassination suspect] David Ferrie.” Like Oswald, Bledsoe’s son was trained by Ferrie when Ferrie was a captain in the Civil Air Patrol.
April 15, 1969 A U.S. EC-121 is shot down by the Soviets while on a reconnaissance mission in Korea. It has a ( crew of 30. Twenty-eight are not found. Their fate is still unknown.
John M. Crawford, 46, dies in a mysterious plane crash near Huntsville, Texas. It appears from witnesses that Crawford has n left in a rush. Crawford is a homosexual and a close friend of Jack Ruby’s. Ruby supposedly carried Crawford’s phone number in his pocket at all times. Crawford was also a friend of Buell Wesley Frazier’s, the neighbor who took Lee Harvey Oswald to work on that fatal morning of Nov. 22, 1963. Penn Jones April 17, 1970 After sixty-four sequestered days and nights, sixteen hours and forty-two minutes of deliberation, a jury finds Sirhan Bishara Sirhan, “alone and not in concert with anyone else,” guilty of the murder of Bobby Kennedy. He is sentenced to death in the gas chamber. Nemesis April 23, 1969 A Los Angeles jury sentences Sirhan Bishara Sirhan to death in the gas chamber for the murder of RFK.
June 9, 1969 Dr. Donald MacArthur, a high-level defense department biological research administrator appears at a meeting today of a House committee on military appropriations requesting financial support for research and experimentation. “Within five to ten years,” say MacArthur, “it would probably be possible to make a new infective microorganism which would differ in certain important aspects from any known disease-causing organisms. Most important of these is that it might be refractory to the immunological and therapeutic processes upon which we depend to maintain our relative freedom from infectious disease.” In short, this proposed “manufactured” disease would destroy the body’s immune system. MacArthur goes on to justify his request by adding: “Should an enemy develop it there is little doubt that this is an important area of potential military technological inferiority in which there is no adequate research program.” MacArthur receives the funding. In 1977 and 1978, at the tail end of Dr. MacArthur’s time frame, the first cases of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) will emerge in Africa. In 1978 more than a thousand non monogamous homosexual adult males will receive experimental vaccinations against hepatitis B, courtesy of the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control. Within six year, 64 percent of those men had AIDS. FGCOAT
June 27, 1969 Crucial crime-scene evidence relating to a second gun in RFK’s assassination -- wood from the pantry door frame and several ceiling tiles -- is destroyed by LAPD while Sirhan’s case is still being appealed.
July 23, 1969 Clyde Johnson, former Kentwood, Louisiana preacher is killed in a shotgun attack near Greensburg, n Louisiana. He is 37 years old. Johnson was to testify in the Clay Shaw trial on February 18, 1963, but never did because he was severely beaten before he could testify regarding Shaw’s relationship with LHO.
September 5, 1969 Today, an issue of LIFE magazine reports that J. Edgar Hoover punished three of his FBI agents in New York for cooperating with the United States District Attorney in New York, Robert Morgenthau, in his prosecution against Roy M.
Cohn on a number of felony charges.
September 12, 1969 President Nixon orders resumption in bombing of North Vietnam.
October 13 - 30, 1969 Determined to settle the Vietnam War--their “number one problem”, irritated by Soviet assistance to North Vietnam, and frustrated by the stalemated Paris peace talks, President Richard Nixon and Henry Kissinger had pressed Moscow and threatened North Vietnam in order to make progress in the negotiations. In early October 1969, Nixon decided to test the “madman theory” by ratcheting up the readiness level of nuclear forces. If his military moves jarred the Soviets sufficiently, Nixon apparently believed, Moscow might use its leverage to induce Hanoi to meet U.S. terms. Under Nixon’s orders, in mid-October 1969, the Pentagon undertook secretly a series of military measures designed to put U.S. nuclear forces on a higher state of readiness. The JCS Readiness Test was executed secretly so that the public in the United States and allies would not notice it, but Nixon wanted the measures to be detectable, but not alarming, to the leadership of the Soviet Union and its intelligence services The CINCs--the commanders-in-chief-did not know, and could not find out why, “higher authority” had ordered them to implement the secret readiness measures. Nevertheless, between 13 and 30 October 1969, they put U.S. nuclear bombers on higher alert, and raised the combat readiness of U.S. tactical aircraft and air defense forces and sent more nuclear missile submarines to sea. Moreover, U.S. destroyers, cruisers, and aircraft carriers engaged in a variety of maneuvers in the Atlantic, the Mediterranean, the Gulf of Aden, and the Sea of Japan. At the end of October, the Strategic Air Command conducted a nuclear-armed airborne alert exercise over eastern Alaska. The Pentagon searched for evidence that Moscow had noticed the worldwide readiness measures but little declassified evidence is available showing that the Soviets paid attention. The Soviets may have seen Nixon’s moves as a bluff; Moscow made no change in its Vietnam policy.
November 5, 1969 According to a UP dispatch, Jesse Curry says today: “We don’t have any proof that Oswald fired the rifle. No one has been able to put him in that building with a gun in his hand.”
November 30, 1969 Reports are made public of a massacre in the village of My Lai in south Vietnam. Under the orders of Lt. William Calley, more than 500 unarmed men, women and children were slaughtered within 15 minutes on March 16, 1968.
This year, according to Gerry Patrick Hemming, a plan was put together regarding the possible assassination of Richard Nixon.