The SR-71 “Blackbird” reconnaissance aircraft has it’s first test flight from Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California.
The remarkable first “stealth” aircraft’s defense against missiles fired at it…was to simply outrun the assault from it’s ceiling of 70,000 feet at Mach 3…2,200 miles per hour. The skin of the aircraft was designed to expand with the heat of the speed.
A Hollywood actor and Screen Actor’s Guild President is elected for the first time to his first term as California Governor, defeating Democrat political veteran Governor Pat Brown (yes, Governor Jerry Brown’s father.)
On October 27, 1964 Ronald Reagan had given a speech entitled, “A Time for Choosing” while campaigning for failed Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater. That “moment in time” is referred to in political circles as “The Speech” because its dynamic message and Reagan’s powerful delivery, while it didn’t succeed for Goldwater, propelled former Democrat Reagan into a fireball career which would lead him not only to the Governorship, but to two terms as one of America’s most beloved and respected Presidents. He was so revered by the American people, that it is only natural for leftist to revile him. He is an excellent example of why you must watch closely for bias when researching individuals and events.
Here are a couple more versions of “The Speech”, one of it in its entirety if you are interested, and one which has been adapted to more modern events. I share this because that one speech echoed down through history for other events…including “I hear you! And the people who knocked these buildings down will hear from ALL of us soon!”
Today in History, April 17: 1964 – The 1964-1/2 Ford Mustang is debuted at the New York World’s Fair. The best selling Ford since the Model A, the “Pony Car” also caused the birth of competitors Camaro, Firebird, Challenger and others.