BABY PATRICK KENNEDY DIED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Fifty years ago today, August 9, 1963, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, son of President and Mrs. John F. Kennedy, died after just 39 hours of life of complications from hyaline membrane disease.
The disease, characterized by the structural immaturity of the infant's lungs, is the leading cause of death in premature births.
David Powers writes that Patrick had been transferred to the Harvard School of Public Health "where he was placed in a high-pressure chamber, where oxygen was forcibly fed to him."
Dave said the President visited four times during the day and spent the night with Dave and Bobby on the hospital's fourth floor.
A secret service agent awakened JFK at 2 a.m. and told him that his son's condition had "taken a turn for the worse."
Baby Patrick died at 4:04 a.m. His father said quietly, "He was a beautiful baby. He put up quite a fight."
Dave says that the President then went back upstairs "and wept."
"Johnny We Hardly Knew Ye: Memories of John Fitzgerald Kennedy," by Kenneth P. O'Donnell and David F. Powers with Joe McCarthy, Little Brown and Company, Boston, 1970, 1972.
NIXON SIGNS LETTER OF RESIGNATION, FLIES TO CALIFORNIA--FORD SWORN-IN
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Thirty-nine years ago this morning, August 9, 1974, Richard M. Nixon having delivered his letter of resignation to the Secretary of State, departed the White House by helicopter leaving Vice-President Gerald R. Ford behind to take the oath of office as the 38th president.
Before his departure, Mr. Nixon gave an emotional farewell speech in the East Room to his staff while his family stood behind him.
The Nixons flew to their home in San Clemente, California.
Nixon's Farewell Speech to his Staff
East Room at the White House
August 9, 1974
Nixon Presidential Library Photo
JESSE OWENS WINS 4TH GOLD MEDAL IN 1936 OLYMPICS
Berlin, Germany (JFK+50) Seventy-seven years ago today, August 9, 1936, African-American track star Jesse Owens won his 4th gold medal in the 1936 Summer Olympic Games.
The medal was awarded to Owens and his relay team which set a new world record.
4000 athletes from 49 nations attended the 1936 Summer Olympics in Berlin.
Jesse Owens Salutes US Flag
During Award Ceremony
German Federal Archive
OSWALD ARRESTED 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
New Orleans, Louisiana (JFK+50) Lee Harvey Oswald, the alleged assassin of President John F. Kennedy was arrested 50 years ago today, August 9, 1963, here in New Orleans after getting in an altercation with a group of anti-Castro Cubans.
Mr. Oswald, who at the time was secretary of the Fair Play for Cuba Committee, was handing out pro-Castro leaflets when the fight broke out.
Lee Harvey Oswald
New Orleans Police Mug Shot
August 9, 1963
NO Police Dept. Photo