On April 22, 1964, the American President L. B. Johnson opened the New York World’s Fair at its site. In the course of his Dedication speech he said: “But, unless we can achieve the theme of this Fair—’Peace through Understanding,’ unless we can use our skill and our wisdom to conquer conflict as we have conquered science, then our hopes of today, these proud achievements—will go under in the devastation of tomorrow.
“I prophesy peace is not only possible in our generation, I predict that it is coming much earlier. And 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. . . .
“All of these dreams and these hopes and these expectations depend upon a world that is free from the threat of war. . . . ”—See the New York Times, as of April 23, 1964, page 26.