Double Happy Birthdays to George and Barbara Bush!
George Bush celebrates his 89th birthday today, June 12; Barbara Bush’s 88th birthday was on Saturday, June 8. This First Couple has been married for 68 years. President and Mrs. Bush will celebrate their birthdays with family and friends in Kennebunkport, Maine.
If you are around College Station, Texas today, you can celebrate at the Bush Presidential Library with free Blue Bell ice cream, birthday cake, and refreshments in the Rotunda from 11am to 3pm CT.
-from the Bush Library
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
Franklin D. Roosevelt was a great admirer of Abraham Lincoln. He often cited the sixteenth President in speeches, evoked his image in campaign material, and collected or received over 100 pieces of Lincoln related ephemera.
Shown here is a photograph of Lincoln pieces given to FDR in 1942 by historian John E. Washington.
Fixed to the photo is a small “Lock of hair removed from Pres. Lincoln’s head by Wm. Slade his messenger while preparing the body for burial,” and a small “Piece of dress worn by Mrs. Lincoln the night of the assassination showing blood of Pres. Lincoln. Given by Mrs. Slade to her cousin Mrs. Brooks.”
The FDR Library’s Museum has several pieces related to Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt. On the anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, you can see many of them here.
-from the FDR Library