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).
Larry McKibben, Iowa representative for the Selective Service Youth Advisory Committee, interrupts the December 1969 draft lottery to read a statement. He claims his statement is written by 14 youth members protesting the removal of the Michigan and Alaska youth delegates after their refusal to draw birth dates for the lottery. The draft lottery continues after the statement is read.
Illustrations of pioneers moving westward during early American expansion. Statue of Abraham Lincoln in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Bird in flight. Vertical view of trees. Statue of Civil War Union Soldier. Montage of Civil War statues and cannon conveying experience of the war. Stream and woodland. Illustrations of Lincoln's Presidential inaugurations in 1861 and 1865. Washington, DC street scene in 1969. Simple stone monument commemorating President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
The so-called, "March against Death," extending from Thursday evening (November 13, 1969) throughout that night and all the next day. Peace activists protesting the Vietnam War, are seen at night carrying candles as they walk from Arlington Cemetery, past the White House. Dr. Benjamin Spock is one of the protestors. A young girl lights her candle. A woman with a candle as she holds a figure of a white pigeon symbolizing peace. Men move in a line as they protest against the Vietnam War and demand the end of the war. Anti-war activists, walking with placards around their necks that contain names of fallen American soldiers.
Telephone conversation between U.S. President Richard Nixon and the astronauts of Apollo 11, while they are on the moon, July 20th, 1969. President Nixon seated at a desk in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC, United States. Technicians setting up video cameras. Nixon talks over a phone. Men setting up a monitor screen. Flickering moving images of the astronauts beside the Lunar Lander, on the surface of the moon. A camera focuses in on a document titled: DRAFT 'Talk to men on the moon' on the desk. The opening sentence reads: "This is an epic day in the history of man." A split image on the screen shows President Nixon talking and the astronauts on the moon. President Nixon talking to an astronaut on a phone at his desk in the Oval Office. Picture of "Earthrise" as seen from the moon, on wall in the Oval Office. NASA Astronaut, Frank Borman,who commanded the Apollo 8 mission,in 1968, comes before the cameras in the White House and makes speaks on behalf of NASA astronauts involved in the Apollo missions.
The December 1, 1969 Draft Lottery for the year 1970 is held at the United States Selective Service headquarters in Washington, D.C. The draft lottery is led by General Lewis B. Hershey, Selective Service Director. The ceremony begins with a benediction, and then an official pours slips of paper containing birth dates into a glass bowl. Congressman Alexander Pirnie of New York draws the first birth date. He declares the date, September 14, and another man pastes the birth date next to a number on a board. Members of the Selective Service Youth Advisory Committee draw additional birth dates and the board is filled out with the draft sequence.