AP President Kennedy, Berlin Mayor Willy Brandt and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer ride through the streets of Berlin in an open car. Security was less advanced than it is today. Children and crowds of people ran up to Kennedy to shake his hand or give him flowers.
After parcel post service was introduced in 1913, at least two children were sent by the service. With stamps attached to their clothing, the children rode with railway and city carriers to their destination. The Postmaster General quickly issued a regulation forbidding the sending of children in the mail after hearing of those examples.
On January 27, 1967, tragedy struck the space program. Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee had been selected as the crew for Apollo 1. During a practice launch countdown, a flash fire erupted inside the sealed cockpit. Within seconds the men were unconscious; minutes later they were dead. Because of the pressure of the fire, and the fact that the spacecraft’s hatch opened inward, there was no hope of escape.