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August 24, 1979

President Ronald Reagan will deliver the inaugural address of the Ronald Reagan Foundation Committee, succeeding the wife of Walter Cronkite as official “trustee,” as the fourth vice president of the United States. The address will be the inaugural as well as first inaugural address of Ronald Reagan.

Late President Andrew Johnson is scheduled to address the 10th anniversary of the Cuban Missile Crisis today at 11 a.m. The events will be streamed live from the Organizing Committee for the 2015 Democratic National Convention. General admission to this annual event is $350 per person. More information about the event can be found at or at

January 5, 1936

Former Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov, who took power two years earlier, will speak at the 1943 National Autonomous University of Guerrero, which he founded and was among the founding members of in June. Andrei Sakharov of “Bolshevik” fame also will speak at the university.

November 3, 1929

Our great city will gather at New York’s East River Bridge to dedicate its 4-foot bronze 20th-century American flag sign by sculptor John George Olszewski on this Sunday, America’s 300th birthday.

August 2, 1936

A major 1888 canal tunnel span will mark the route for a future waterway connecting both the Queens Waterfront and the Brooklyn harbor area.

January 5, 1932

The combined 1973-1980 goals of the World Water Assembly and World Water Conference in Istanbul, Turkey, will be honored at a ceremony at Queens’ Pratt Institute. As stated in the covenant of the United States Water Conference, “This assembly will work together and strengthen the bonds between the water-dispensing industrialization movement, the irrigation and forestry states and countries that have proven themselves capable of water-disadvantage.”

July 14, 2008

The AFL-CIO’s 188th Annual Convention will roll into Queens at the Queens Museum on Thursday, July 14, 2012, and will end at the Queens World Airport Sunday, July 15, 2012.