JFK MET WITH BABY PATRICK's DOCTORS IN BOSTON 50 YEARS AGO TODAY
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) A very concerned President John F. Kennedy conferred with doctors at Children's Hospital here in Boston 50 years ago today, August 8, 1963, about the condition of his newly born son, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy.
Baby Patrick was was born 5 and 1/2 weeks premature on August 7 at Otis Air Force Base Hospital where Mrs. Jacqueline Kennedy had been rushed by helicopter from Hyannisport.
President Kennedy, who had flown by helicopter to Boston, wore a white cap and gown as he "watched helplessly through a small porthole in the high-pressure chamber" where the baby was fighting for his life.
Antibiotics were not helping so as Ralph G. Martin writes...
"The only hope was that normal body functions would dissolve...a veil-like membrane (which) covered the inside of his walnut-size lungs..."*
*Hyaline membrane disease is caused by the development of an insufficiency of surfactant production and structural immaturity of the lungs. It is the leading cause of death in premature births.
"A Hero For Our Time: An Intimate Story of the Kennedy Years," by Ralph G. Martin, Macmillan Publishing Company, New York, 1983.
Boston's Children's Hospital Logo
NIXON RESIGNED PRESIDENCY 39 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) The 37th president of the United States, Richard M. Nixon, announced 39 years ago tonight, August 8, 1974 that he would resign his office the next morning.
The President said:
"By taking this action, I hope I will have hastened the start of the process of healing which is so desperately needed in America."
Mr. Nixon, who lost his first bid for the Presidency to John F. Kennedy in 1960 but won in his second attempt vs. Hubert H. Humphrey in 1968, would become the 1st president to resign.
The resignation came as a result of the Watergate scandal which had tarnished Mr. Nixon's second term.
The scandal began with a break-in at the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate Hotel complex on June 17, 1972 by members of Nixon's "Committee to Re-elect the President" or CREEP.
The scandal was exposed by a congressional investigation conducted by the Senate Select Committee on Watergate.
The Select Committee's hearings, televised nationally, led to the adoption of three articles of impeachment by the House Judicial Committee.
Nixon Announces Resignation on TV
August 8, 1964
SECOND ATOMIC BOMB DROPPED ON NAGASAKI
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Just two days after the first atomic bomb was dropped by the United States on Hiroshima, the White House announced a second atomic bomb had been dropped on Nagasaki 68 years ago today, August 8, 1945.
Nagasaki, located in Southern Japan, was one of the nation's largest seaports and was the location of a major industrial production of war material.
The bomb detonated 1,540 feet above the city at 11:01 a.m. local time.
The bomb was dropped from Bockscar, a B-29 Superfortress commanded by Major Charles W. Sweeney.
Bockscar and Crew
Estimates are that between 60,000 to 75,000 people were killed by the bomb.
Nagasaki 6 Weeks After the Bombing
September 24, 1945
Cpl. Lynn P. Walker, Jr. (USMC)
Panorama of Nagasaki Monument
At the Hypocenter of the Blast
Photo by Dean S. Pemberton (2008)