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PHOTOCOPIED October 2, 2002; NASM PRESERVATION COPY Rally Round: Mrs. BABE DIDRIKSON ZAHARIAS, an old friend of President Eisenhower, called off plans to compete in the Texas women's open golf tournament and flew into Washington in the belief that she was to atten a private White House dinner. It turned out, however, that the invitation was for a Citizens for Eisenhower political rally at a local hotel. This didn't faze the Babe. At the rally she received a Presidential handshake and matched notes with Mr. Eisenhower about putts that didn't drop. Cancellation: The biggest fleaweight fight of the century, that between 5-year-old Prince CHARLES of Britain and 6-year-old STEPHEN RUTTER, son of a second secretary at the U.S. Embassy, was canceled by Buckingham Palace. The bout was planned as a part of the Prince's physical education, but on the day it was scheduled the palace announced that he was still too young and small for such a vigorous sport. Air Leader: In Washington, President Eisenhower signed a directive promoting BENJAMIN OLIVER DAVIS Jr., director of operations and training for the Far East Air Force, from colonel to temporary brigardier general. General Davis becomes the first Negro to hold so high a rank in the Air Force. A 1936 graduate of West Point, he is a veteran of 60 combat missions as commander of the 332nd Fighter Group in Italy during the second world war. He holds the Legion of Merit, the Silver Star, the Distinquished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal with fouur oak-leaf clusters. His father, now retired, was the first Negro to become an Army general. [[/newspaper clipping]]
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