The Riderless Horse
On November 25, 1963, during President Kennedy’s funeral procession, a magnificent black gelding, with an empty saddle, saber, and boots reversed in the stirrups, followed the caisson bearing the President’s coffin. The riderless horse is one of the highest military honors bestowed upon the fallen. Black Jack, the horse used during JFK’s funeral procession, was from the Army’s oldest active infantry unit, the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard. He alone defied the strict military discipline of the day with his rowdy behavior: prancing, throwing his head, and dancing around his walker.
After the funeral, Mrs. Kennedy, an avid horsewoman, expressed an interest in Black Jack. Within hours, the horse’s saddle and blanket, and the boots and saber were delivered to her at the White House.
-from the JFK Library
FLOTUS Birthday — Mamie Eisenhower
On November 14, 1896, Mamie Geneva Doud was born in Boone, Iowa. At 19 years old, Mamie met Second Lieutenant Dwight D. Eisenhower while visiting friends at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Ike and Mamie were engaged four months later. The engagement ring was a miniature copy of Ike’s West Point ring, amethyst set in gold.
-from the Eisenhower Library
Grace Kelly was born on this day, November 12, in 1929. Here she is during a visit to the White House. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy hosted a luncheon in honor of Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace of Monaco on May 24, 1961.
See all the White House photos from the luncheon here.
-from the JFK Library
On November 7, 2000, Hillary Rodham Clinton was elected to the United States Senate for the state of New York. Her election had several firsts - she was the first female Senator from New York and the only First Lady to run for public office. Clinton was sworn in on January 3, 2001 and she served as both a Senator and First Lady until January 20th.
Photograph of President William Jefferson Clinton, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, and Chelsea Clinton Applauding during Election Night at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York, New York, 11/07/2000