President Harry S. Truman dedicated what was then called Friendship International Airport on June 24, 1950.
In his speech, Truman called the airport an embodiment of "our determination to develop the marvels of science and invention for peaceful purposes."
The speech was published in The Sunthe next day.
"The aviation industry has had to overcome not only foolish prejudices and fears, but opposition of those who did not want its competition," said Truman.
Truman noted that some scoffed at the building of railroads and dams.
"But the history of all these improvements is that they have increased economic opportunities and fostered the growth of the country," Truman said.