• Short Summary

    IT WAS A DAMP, OVERCAST DAY WITH A PERSISTENT DRIZZLE YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN NEW YORK FOR THE OPENING OF THE WORLD'S FAIR.

  • Description

    IT WAS A DAMP, OVERCAST DAY WITH A PERSISTENT DRIZZLE YESTERDAY (WEDNESDAY) IN NEW YORK FOR THE OPENING OF THE WORLD'S FAIR. THE ANTICIPATED MASSIVE CIVIL RIGHTS DEMONSTRATIONS TURNED OUT TO BE MUCH SMALLER THAN FORECAST AND WITHIN AN HOUR OF THE FAIR'S OPENING ONLY A FEW PICKETS WERE LEFT.

    THE FAIR WAS OPENED BY A SPECTACULAR PARADE WITH MILITARY BANDS AND FLOATS FROM COUNTRIES ALL OVER THE WORLD TAKING PART. HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE QUEUED FOR HOURS BEFORE THE GATES OPENED - SOME HAD WAITED FOR NEARLY TWO DAYS FOR THE HONOUR OF BEING FIRST TO ENTER WHAT IS DESCRIBED AS THE "GREATEST FAIR IN HISTORY".

    THE OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY WAS PERFORMED BY PRESIDENT JOHNSON - SEATED ON A DAIS AMID A HOST OF DIGNITARIES FROM MANY PARTS OF THE WORLD INCLUDING ONE OF HIS OWN PREDECESSORS, EX-PRESIDENT HARRY TRUMAN.

    PRESIDENT JOHNSON, SPEAKING AT THE OPENING SAID THAT THE THEME OF THE FAIR ("PEACE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING") COULD BE ACHIEVED, AND UNLESS MEN USED THEIR SKILL AND WISDOM TO CONQUER CONFLICT AS THEY HAD CONQUERED SCIENCE, THEN THE HOPES OF TODAY WOULD GO UNDER IN THE DEVASTATION OF TOMORROW."
    "I PROPHESY PEACE IS NOT ONLY POSSIBLE, I PREDICT IT IS COMING NEARER", THE PRESIDENT ADDED.

    SPEAKING OF THE LAST NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR, WHICH WAS HELD IN 1939, THE PRESIDENT RECALLED THAT A "DARING" EXHIBIT DEPICTED MAN CROSSING THE AMERICAN CONTINENT IN LESS THAN TWENTY-FOUR HOURS AT A HEIGHT OF AT LEAST TEN THOUSAND FEET, AND FORECAST THAT IN THE 1960'S AN "ASTOUNDING" THIRTY-EIGHT MILLION CARS WOULD USE THE AMERICAN HIGHWAYS. "IF I AM RIGHT, THEN AT THE NEXT WORLD'S FAIR PEOPLE WILL SEE AN AMERICA AS DIFFERENT FROM TODAY AS WE ARE DIFFERENT FROM 1939", HE CONTINUED.

    THE FAIR WILL RUN FOR TWO SIX-MONTH SEASONS ON WHAT WERE ONCE MISTY MARSHES, TWELVE MILES FROM THE CITY CENTRE....

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA7LHSY8BJDD872YBBILTTSTIKQ
    Media URN:
    VLVA7LHSY8BJDD872YBBILTTSTIKQ
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    23/04/1964
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:23:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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