Wednesday, November 27, 2013


November 27, 28, 2013

                         FROM JFK+50


Tokyo, Japan (JFK+50) United States Ambassador to Japan and daughter of the 35th President of the United States, Caroline Kennedy, celebrates her birthday today.

Caroline Bouvier Kennedy was born on November 27, 1957.  She turned 6 years old just 5 days after JFK's death in November 1963.

Caroline was born at the Cornell Medical Center in New York City at 8:15 a.m. and weighed in at 7 pounds 2 ounces.

Caroline graduated from Radcliffe College in 1980 and earned her J.D. degree at Columbia Law School.

Caroline Kennedy married Edwin Scholossberg on July 19, 1986 but she chose not to change her name at marriage.  

The couple have 3 children:  Rose, born 1988,  Tatiana, born 1990and John. born 1993.

Caroline was appointed Ambassador to Japan on July 24, 2013.  She appeared before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on September 19 where she said that her focus in the position would be military ties, trade and student exchange.

Ambassador Kennedy was confirmed by the Senate on October 16 and sworn in by Secretary of State John Kerry as the 1st woman to hold the office of United States Ambassador to Japan on November 12, 2013.

Less than 2 weeks after becoming ambassador, Mrs. Kennedy, in her 1st official speech in that position, warned China for undermining security in the East China Sea.  

Caroline and JFK 
August 25, 1963
Photo by Cecil Stoughton
JFK Library Photo

Neil Diamond's hit song, "Sweet Caroline," was inspired by a news photograph of Caroline Kennedy with her pony Macaroni.

"Where it began
I can't begin to knowing
But then I know
it's growing strong.

Was in the spring
And spring became the summer
Who'd have believed
you'd come along.

Hands, touching hands
Reaching out
Touching me
touching you.

Sweet Caroline
Good times never seemed so good
I've been inclined
To believe they never would...."

Caroline Kennedy
George Washington University
September 26, 2011
Photo by John White