USS John F. Kennedy is the only ship of her class and the last conventionally powered carrier built for the United States Navy; the ship was named after the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was nicknamed "Big John". Kennedy was designated a CVA. After nearly 40 years of service in the United States Navy, Kennedy was decommissioned on 1 August 2007, she is berthed at the NAVSEA Inactive Ships On-site Maintenance facility in Philadelphia and, until late 2017, was available for donation as a museum and memorial to a qualified organization. In late 2017, the Navy designated her for dismantling; the name has been adopted by the future Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy. Contracted as Ship Characteristic Board SCB-127C, the ship's keel was laid on inclined Shipway 8 by Newport News Shipbuilding on 22 October 1964. By 1965, the larger semi-submerged Shipway 11 became available, where final construction was completed; the ship was christened 27 May 1967 by Jacqueline Kennedy and her 9-year-old daughter, two days short of what would have been President Kennedy's 50th birthday.
The ship entered service 7 September 1968. John F. Kennedy is a modified version of the earlier Kitty Hawk-class aircraft carriers. Scheduled to be the fourth Kitty Hawk-class carrier, the ship received so many modifications during construction she formed her own class; the ship was ordered as a nuclear carrier, using the A3W reactor, but converted to conventional propulsion after construction had begun. The island is somewhat different from that of the Kitty Hawk class, with angled funnels to direct smoke and gases away from the flight deck. Kennedy is 17 feet shorter than the Kitty Hawk class. After an ORI conducted by Commander, Carrier Division Two, Kennedy left for the Mediterranean in April 1969; the ship relieved USS Forrestal. Rear Admiral Pierre N. Charbonnet, Carrier Striking Forces, Sixth Fleet, Commander, Carrier Striking Unit 60.1.9, shifted his flag to John F. Kennedy; the turnover complete by nightfall, the carrier, escorted by destroyers, transited the Strait of Gibraltar at the start of the mid watch on 22 April.
The next day, John F. Kennedy refueled from USS Marias, acquired the company of a Soviet Kotlin-class destroyer. Kennedy's maiden voyage, several of her subsequent voyages, were on deployments to the Mediterranean during much of the 1970s to help deal with the deteriorating situation in the Middle East, it was during the 1970s that Kennedy was upgraded to handle the S-3 Viking. Kennedy was involved in the Navy response to the Yom Kippur War in the Middle East in October 1973, with her actions and the larger U. S. Navy picture being described in Elmo Zumwalt's book On Watch. In 1974, she won the Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award for the Atlantic Fleet. On 20 June 1975 Kennedy was the target of arson, suffering eight fires, with no injuries, while at port in Norfolk, Virginia. On 22 November 1975, Kennedy collided with the cruiser Belknap damaging the smaller ship; as a result of the collision with John F. Kennedy's overhanging deck, JP-5 fuel lines were ruptured spraying fuel over an adjacent catwalk, fires ensued aboard both ships.
Belknap's superstructure was gutted to the main deck, seven of her crew killed. Aboard Kennedy, smoke inhalation claimed the life of Petty Officer 2nd Class Yeoman David A. Chivalette of VF-14, CVW-1. On 14 September 1976, while conducting a nighttime underway replenishment 100 miles north of Scotland, the destroyer Bordelon lost control and collided with Kennedy, resulting in such severe damage to the destroyer that she was removed from service in 1977. Earlier the same day, one F-14 Tomcat, following a problem with the catapult, fell off of the flight deck of John F. Kennedy, with AIM-54 Phoenix missiles in international waters, off the coast Scotland. Both crew members landed on the deck, injured but alive. A naval race followed between the Soviet Navy and US Navy to get back not only the plane, but its missiles. In 1979 Kennedy underwent her first, yearlong overhaul, completed in 1980. On 9 April 1979 she experienced five fires set by arson while undergoing overhaul at Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Virginia.
The fires injured 34 others. On 5 June 1979 Kennedy was the target of two more fires at Virginia. No one was injured in the incident. In 1979 she won her second Marjorie Sterrett Battleship Fund Award. On August 4, 1980 the Kennedy left Norfolk and voyaged to the Mediterranean Sea. On 4 January 1982, John F. Kennedy, with Carrier Air Wing Three, sailed as the flagship for Carrier Group Four from Norfolk, Va. on her ninth deployment, her first visit to the Indian Ocean after port visits to St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands, Malaga and transiting the Suez Canal. In her time in the Indian Ocean John F. Kennedy conducted her only port visit to Perth/Fremantle, Western Australia, anchoring in Gage Roads on 19 March 1982 for a R&R visit, departing on 25 March back to the Indian Ocean. During this time John F. Kennedy played host to the first visit of the Somali head of state, her cruise ended with port visits to Mombasa and Toulon, before returning home on 14 July 1982. In October 1983 John F. Kennedy was diverted to Beirut, Lebanon from her planned Indian Ocean deployment, after the Beirut barracks bombing killed 241
Kilburn High Road railway station is a London Overground station on the London Euston to Watford DC Line near the south end of the Kilburn High Road, London NW6 in the London Borough of Camden. Kilburn High Road railway station opened in 1852 as Kilburn & Maida Vale station by the London and North Western Railway. At the beginning of the 20th century the station had platforms on all four lines out of Euston but with the construction of the Euston to Watford DC Line the local service took over the slow main line platforms, the slow main line services were diverted through what had been the fast main line platforms and the fast main lines were moved southward; the slow main line platforms were entirely demolished during the electrification of the West Coast Main Line, with the last platform building disappearing in the 1980s when the LNWR platform canopies were removed. The current footbridge and street-level buildings are not so much the result of modernisation but of three or four major fires which have occurred here since the early 1970s.
Kilburn and the High Roads, a band featuring Ian Dury, produced an album, Handsome, in 1975. The station is mentioned in a song by Flogging Molly, "The Kilburn High Road", which appears on their 2002 album Drunken Lullabies; the off-peak service on all days of the week in trains per hour is: 4 tph to London Euston 4 tph to Watford Junction The station is used as a reversing point on the London Underground network by passengerless Bakerloo line trains when they are unable to enter the LU platforms at Queens Park station due to scheduled work or failures and/or are prevented from reversing in the Up DC line platform there. The fourth rail continues to Kilburn High Road to permit these manoeuvres but the carrying of passengers to Kilburn High Road by LU tube trains is not permitted as the platform height is matched to NR trains. There are one or two "rusty rail" journeys made by LU trains each day to keep the fourth rail clean for the infrequent unscheduled diverted LU trains. Kilburn High Road appears on internal London Underground maps for this purpose.
London Buses routes 16, 31, 32, 98, 206, 316, 328 and 632 and night routes N16, N28 and N31 serve the station. Train times and station information for Kilburn High Road railway station from National Rail
Emmanuel Emovon, CON was a Nigerian professor of chemistry and former vice chancellor of the University of Jos. In 1983, he was elected as president of the Nigerian Academy of Science to succeeded Professor Umaru Shehu. Professor Emovon was born on February 1929 in Edo State, Southern Nigeria, he passed away peacefully in the early hours of Thursday 20th February 2020. He attended Edo College Benin City, where he obtained the West African School Certificate in 1949, he proceeded to the University of Ibadan for an intermediate bachelor of science degree course but obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of London and doctorate degree from the same university. He returned to Nigeria to join the Department of Chemistry, University of Ibadan, as an academic staff, he became a professor of chemistry in 1971 and was appointed vice chancellor of Jos in 1978. In recognition of his outstanding contributions to academics in Nigeria, he was conferred with a National award of Commander of the Order of Niger by Olusegun Obasanjo, the former President of Nigeria