U.S. President John Kennedy attends the first ballgame played at the new $20 million District of Columbia Stadium, or DC Stadium, in April 1962. 45,000 spectators in stands for the opening of the stadium and the Major League Baseball season. Glimpse of the new DC Stadium in Washington, DC, filled with baseball fans. President John F. Kennedy enters the ballpark, accompanied by David Francis Powers, and proceeds toward seats bearing the Presidential seal. Spectators in nearby seats stand to greet the President, and several shake his hand. Scene shifts to players and newsmen on the field all focused on President Kennedy. News photographers are busy photographing him. Camera shifts to President Kennedy making a long throw followed by the ballplayers scrambling for it on the ballfield. View of the President smiling after his throw, with Illinois Republican Senator Everett Dirksen standing to his left, and slightly behind him, and David Powers to his right. Senator George Smathers of Florida is laughing behind them. The President bends down momentarily revealing Senator Mike Mansfield of Montana, directly behind him and Special Assistant to the President Lawrence “Larry” O’Brien, at Mansfield's right. Associate Press Secretary Andrew Hatcher, wearing sun glasses is behind and to left of Dirksen. Closeup of Home plate umpire Charlie Berry shouting "Play Ball!" after brief rain delay. Lights are on during daytime as game is played. Washington Senators player hits single to left field. Senators go on to beat the visiting Detroit Tigers 4-1. (Note: The stadium was later renamed Robert F. Kennedy Stadium, or RFK Stadium, in 1969).
Newsreel clip on baseball's 1962 All-Star Game in Washington -- the first of two played that year. View of new D.C. Stadium packed to capacity for the game. A woman wearing a hat with '1962 All Star Game' written on it. U.S. President John F. Kennedy, a known baseball fan, throws out the ceremonial first pitch. Game begins, scoreless for five innings. In the sixth, Hall of Famer Stan Musial hits a single to right field. Maury Wills comes in to run for him, steals second, then scores on a hit by the Pittsburgh Pirates' Dick Groat. President Kennedy and officials seated near him cheer. Groat scores on an infield hit. Racially mixed crowd watches the action. Billy Moran and Rich Rollins of the American League get hits, then Roger Maris of the Yankees hits a long blast to deep center field -- but Willie Mays catches it against the center field wall. Kennedy, wearing sunglasses and smiling, munches on some peanuts. In the seventh, Wills gets on base, advances from first to third on a single, and scores sliding into home on a fly ball in foul territory. Announcer notes Kennedy stayed until the end of the game. Mays catches the final out in center field. The National League wins the game 3-1.
October, 1962, U.S. Air Force U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, tail number 56-6707, of the Strategic Air Command (SAC) 4080th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, lands at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas. View of Photographic evidence, brought back by the U-2, showing Soviet missiles being set up in Cuba. President John F. kennedy broadcasts to the nation about the crisis, announcing measures being taken by the USA to address the situation. A B-58 Hustler bomber landing. Airmen removing camera from nose of a reconnaissance aircraft. Air Force Sergeant, photo interpreter, reading wet film in a base laboratory. U.S. Naval officers and sailors in Command Center viewing large wall map of the world. U.S. Air Force SAC B-52 bombers taking off. View of United Nations Headquarters building in New York City. On October 25, 1962, U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Adlai Stevenson, confronts Soviet Ambassador Valerian Alexandrovich Zorin about missiles in Cuba.He looks at Zorin, and says,"Don't wait for the translation, yes, or no." Zorin smiles as the room fills with laughter. He then responds. View of a Soviet ship bound for Cuba being monitored by a U.S. aircraft overhead. Pilot in cockpit of the aircraft. View from U.S. aircraft flying low past a Soviet ship. Crew in cockpit of the aircraft. Soviet ships turning away. Helicopter flying over sandy beach area of Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. The helicopter parked and Undersecretary of State, Averell Harriman, steps from the helicopter and is later seen with President Kennedy, and Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, at the President's Weekend White House. Harriman reports on the successful negotiation of a limited nuclear test ban treaty. Glimpse of Moscow. U.S. Secretary of State, Dean Rusk, Soviet Foreign Minister,Andrei Gromyko, and British Foreign secretary, Alexander Douglas-Home, are seen signing the document for their respective nations, August 5, 1963.
Views of President John F. Kennedy presenting the 1962 Harmon International Aviation trophies to Lieutenant Colonel William R. Payne, Miss Jacqueline Cochran, Commander Malcom D. Ross and Mrs. Victor A. Prather who accepted the award for her late husband. A gathering outside White House, journalists at the function.
Events held in the United States during the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. U.S. President John F. Kennedy with Premier of Algeria Ahmed Ben Bella in the White House lawn in Washington DC. Aerial views of Havana, Cuba. Cuban Prime Minister Fidel Castro accompanies Premier Bella in Havana. A U.S. rocket is launched. A man follows the ascent through telescope. Defense department training given in fall out protection to engineers. Surveyors check every building for civil defense. A community fall out shelter being located by the surveyors. Food and water drums, medical supplies and radiological monitoring equipment are taken off assembly lines and are transported by rail to various parts of the U.S. A sign reads 'Naval Supply Center Oakland'. Forklift trucks move goods. A sign erected for a community fallout shelter. An election campaign in the United States shows Harry S. Truman making a speech at an American Legion meeting.
Events leading to the Cuban Missile Crisis of October 1962 when the United States and the Soviet Union confronted each other with nuclear destruction. A helicopter lands on the White House lawn in Washington DC. Beach views in Cuba. A military parade. Desecration of a monument. A crowd of cheering Cuban people as Fidel Castro enters Havana, Cuba in 1959. United Nations building. Fidel Castro and Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev embrace. Deputy Premier of the Soviet Union Anastas Mikoyan deplanes and is greeted by Fidel Castro in Havana. A trade agreement between Russia and Cuba signed by Fidel Castro. Russian cargo ships en route to Havana. Cuban refugees in small boats. A map depicts proximity of Cuba to the U.S. U.S. surveillance aircraft heading for Cuba. A sign reads 'HQ. 4080 S W Intelligence Division'. Men examine reconnaissance photographs of Soviet nuclear missiles in Cuba. The photographs show transports and tents for fueling and maintenance. A sign reads 'Strategic Missile Facility GAM 77 Combined Systems'. U.S. rockets readied for any emergency. A U.S. Air Force aircraft takes off from an airfield. U.S. Navy ships in the Atlantic Ocean. A U.S. submarine underway at sea.