President John F. Kennedy was born on this day in 1917—
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, made the following entry on a notecard, when her second child was born:
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Born Brookline, Mass. (83 Beals Street) May 29, 1917
In all, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy would have nine children, four boys and five girls. She kept notecards for each of them in a small wooden file box and made a point of writing down everything from a doctor’s visit to the shoe size they had at a particular age.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named in honor of Rose’s father, John Francis Fitzgerald, the Boston Mayor popularly known as Honey Fitz. Before long, family and friends called this small blue-eyed baby Jack. Read More
Photos: Senator John F. Kennedy in his Senate Office. August, 1959; Rose Kennedy and her children, circa 1923. L-R: Rose Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, Kathleen Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy (seated in foreground), John F. Kennedy, and Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr.
-from the JFK Library
The American Red Cross was founded on this day — May 21, 1881.
On the founding anniversary of the American Red Cross, here’s Kathleen Kennedy in her A.R.C. uniform from World War II. The photo was taken in London, circa 1943.
Kathleen was the second daughter and fourth child of Joseph and Rose Kennedy.
While in college, Kathleen Kennedy began volunteering for the Red Cross in New York in the summer of 1940. After working for the Times-Herald newspaper, she rejoined the war effort by volunteering again for the Red Cross, this time in London. Read More
-From the JFK Library
Our gratitude goes out to all the volunteers and relief workers of the Red Cross in Oklahoma today, and across the world everyday.
Boston Groundbreaking for the JFK Library
Kennedy family members break ground for the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. June 12, 1977. Read more on the beginnings of Presidential Libraries.
The Kennedy Family at the Inauguration of Pope Pius XII
Today, foreign dignitaries gathered from around the world to watch Pope Francis be inaugurated as the 266th Pope of the Catholic church. As the Ambassador to Great Britain in 1939, Joseph Kennedy and his family attended the same event for Pope Pius XII.
Pictured here, the Kennedy family gathers for a quick photo-op before the ceremony. Pictured (left to right, back row) Patricia Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, Rosemary Kennedy, (left to right, front row) an unidentified Vatican guard, Kathleen Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Rose Kennedy, Edward M. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy and unidentified Vatican guard.
-from the JFK Library
JFK’s grandfather, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, Opening Day, Fenway Park.
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From L-R: two unidentified, Charles Logue (designed original Fenway Park), Mayor John Francis Fitzgerald (“Honey Fitz”), and unidentified, Fenway Park, 1912.
Happy 100th Anniversary Fenway Park! Here’s a great photo of JFK’s grandfather, Honey Fitz, taken April 20, 1912, on the opening day of Fenway Park.
Now that’s a big family. Kennedy siblings at Jack and Jackie’s wedding reception.
Clockwise from left: Robert F. Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Edward M. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
JFK - 22 years old in London at the start of World War II
On September 3, 1939, Britain’s Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain announced that England was at a state of war with Germany. Two days earlier, German troops had invaded Poland in a massive air, sea, and land attack.
At the time, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. was the United States Ambassador to England. Here, three of his children, Joseph Jr., Kathleen, and John, arrive at the House of Parliament in London to hear Prime Minister Chamberlain’s declaration of war.