August of 1963 saw Lee Harvey Oswald in New Orleans playing both sides of the Cuba issue and getting his face on TV. I believe the young CIA Agent believed he was infiltrating the far right-wing lunacy of Guy Banister, David Ferrie and looking into what the mob was up to, including Jack Ruby.
Meanwhile, in Washington, DC, President Kennedy was preparing to sign the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, dealing with the death of his third child, the newborn Patrick, and getting seriously down to work with his government advisers about the future of Vietnam. The debates were taped, so there is less room for speculation and second guessing of JFK's thoughts... but nothing was decided yet, except that the decision had not yet been made for war in August 1963.
Lee Harvey Oswald - August, 1963
Oswald gets a little TV time
August 5, 1963: LHO offers to help anti-Castro Cuban Carlos Bringuier in his struggle against Castro.
August 9, 1963: Bringuier confronts LHO when he sees him distributing FPCC literature on Canal Street. A scuffle ensues, and the two are arrested. LHO spends the night in jail.
August 10, 1963: LHO is interviewed by John Quigley of the FBI at LHO's request. A friend of the Murrets bails him out late in the afternoon.
August 12, 1963: LHO pleads guilty to the charge of disturbing the peace and is fined $10.
August 17, 1963: Bill Stuckey from radio station WDSU visits LHO and asks him to appear on the program Latin Listening Post. He arrived at the station at 5:00 PM and taped a 37-minute segment, which was cut to 4 and a half minutes and broadcast at 7:30 that evening.
August 19, 1963: LHO accepts Stuckey's offer to debate Bringuier on a live radio program.
August 21, 1963: LHO debates Bringuier and Ed Butler, director of a right-wing group, on the program Conversation Carte Blanche, which runs from 6:05 to 6:30 PM.
President Kennedy - August, 1963
August5, 1963: U.S. and Soviet officials sign the Limited NuclearTest Ban Treaty, agreeing not to test nuclear bombs in air, space, or water.
August 9, 1963: Death of Patrick Kennedy. Jack and Jackie's third child, Patrick, dies from a lung ailment only two days after his birth.
August 12, 1963: Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. sworn in as Ambassador to Vietnam.
August 24, 1963:DEPTEL 243, also known as Telegram 243, the August 24 cable or most commonly Cable 243, was a high-profile message sent on August 24, 1963 by the United States Department of State to Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr., the US ambassador to South Vietnam.The decision to authorise the cable prompted significant infighting in the Kennedy administration.
This began on a Monday morning meeting at the White House on August 26. Kennedy was met with angry comments by Rusk, McNamara, McCone and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Maxwell Taylor, all of whom denied authorising the cable. Kennedy was reported to have said "My God! My government's coming apart."
Taylor felt insulted by the final line of the cable which asserted that only the "minimum essential people" had seen its contents. During an acrimonius exchange at a midday meeting, he condemned the cable as an "egregious end run" by an anti-Diem faction.
Hilsman rebutted Taylor by asserting that Kennedy and representatives of departments and agencies had approved the message. Years afterward, Taylor declared The anti-Diem group centered in State Department had taken advantage of the absence of the principal officials to get out instructions which would never have been approved as written under normal circumstances.
Taylor claimed that the message was reflective of Forrestal and Hilsman's "well-known compulsion" to remove Diem. He accused them of pulling "a fast one". Kennedy could no longer stand the arguing among his officials and shouted "This shit has got to stop!" Kennedy was angry at Forrestal and Hilsman; the former for what he deemed to be incompetence and Harriman for indiscretion. When Kennedy angrily criticised Forrestal for proceeding without gaining the explicit approval of McCone, Forrestal offered to resign. Kennedy acerbicly replied "You're not worth firing. You owe me something, so you stick around."
August 28 - The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom occurs in Washington, D.C., culminating in the now-famous I Have A Dream speech by Martin Luther King. Estimates of the number of marchers range from 200,000 to 300,000.
As 1963 moves into the Fall months, and November draws near, keep an eye on the players on the White House Tapes.