President John F. Kennedy's in July of 1963 saw him wrapping up his tour of Europe by visiting Italy and dropping in on the new Pope. He returned to America and tried to relax with his family as he finalized his speech to the nation on his Nuclear Test Ban Treaty with the Soviet Union.
A News Reel From July, 1963
Here is the video of one of the greatest and important speeches ever made by an American President. President Kennedy in America's living rooms talking about 'Peace'.
Address to the Nation on the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, 26 July 1963
Meanwhile... in New Orleans...
July, 1963 Lee Harvey Oswald's strange life goes into overdrive:
July, 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald, in New Orleans starts a Fair Play for Cuba Committee and passes out pamphlets on the streets. He engages in fisticuffs with several anti-Castro supporters. He recruits nobody for his committee of one.
July, 1963 - Lee Harvey Oswald receives letter from the Department of the Navy refusing to overturn his undesirable discharge. Lee Harvey Oswald's request for a review of his undesirable discharge from the Marine Corps is denied.* He was livid. But Oswald brought it on himself. Although the Marines had initially discharged him honorably, it was later changed to “undesirable” after he defected to the Soviet Union and made anti-American statements to the press. Oswald had written letters in January 1962 to the Secretary of the Navy – John Connally – but was rejected. Oswald thought his defection and press comments were a separate issue from his time in the service.
July 19: Oswald is fired from The Riley Coffee Company.
July 22: Oswald Files for Unemployment Benefits
July 26?: The same day as JFK's televised speech, Lee H. Oswald's signature is written on the guest register at the American Museum of Atomic Energy in Tennessee on July 26, 1963. "USSR" is also written in, just to make sure that we know it's the right Oswald.
July 27: He makes a speech on The Soviet Union at a Spring Hill Jesuit Seminary College in Mobile, Alabama at the request of his cousin who was attending the school:
"Americans are apt to scoff at the idea, that a military coup in the US., as so often happens in Latin american countries, could ever replace our government. but that is an idea that has grounds for consideration. Which military organization has the potentialities of executing such action?" - LHO