July 16, 2013
JFK JR. WIFE AND SISTER-IN-LAW KILLED IN PLANE CRASH 14 YEARS AGO TODAY
*John F. Kennedy, Jr. (1960-1999) was born at Georgetown University Hospital. He was called "John John" growing up in the White House. On his 3rd birthday, Nov. 25, 1963, he paid tribute to his father with a military salute.
JFK Jr. grew up in New York City and graduated from Brown University of 1983 with a degree in history. He co-founded "George", a political magazine, in 1995.
John F. Kennedy, Jr.
NASA/KSC Photo, 1998
**Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy (1966-1999) was born in White Plains, NY and grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut. She graduated from Boston University in 1988 and worked as a publicist for Calvin Klein when she met JFK, Jr. At her death, Carolyn was 33 years old.
***Lauren Bessette (1964-1999)
JFK Jr. was at the controls of his Piper Saratoga II**** when the private airplane went down off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
****Piper PA-32R is a 6 seat, single-engine airplane manufactured by Piper Aircraft. The Saratoga models had improved avionics, engine and interiors.
Piper Saratoga II TC
Photo by en: User: Ahunt (2008)
The wreckage of the aircraft along with the bodies were found on the afternoon of July 21, 1999. The bodies were cremated and the ashes scattered from the deck of the USS Briscoe off the coast of Martha's Vineyard.
In 1988, JFK Jr. was named "the sexiest man alive" by People's Magazine.
A year later he earned his law degree from the New York School of Law and passed the bar exam in July of 1990.
Mr. Kennedy served as a prosecutor in Manhattan for 4 years and married Carolyn Bessette on September 21, 1996.
In a memorial service held on July 23, 1999, Senator Edward M. Kennedy, John Jr.'s "Uncle Teddy" said:
"We dared to think....that this John Kennedy would live to comb gray hair, with his beloved Carolyn by his side, but like his father, he had every gift but length of years."