New York City (JFK+50) 52 years ago today, January 5, 1962,, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was named "Man of the Year" for 1961 by Time Magazine.
Mr. Kennedy became the fourth President of the United States to earn the honor since it began in 1927.
The cover of Time displayed a "watercolor on paper" of the President with a serious expression.
The JFK portrait was the work of Italian painter Pietro Annigoni* who was influenced by the Italian Renaissance.
Annigoni became world famous after painting Queen Elizabeth II in 1956.
Annigoni's "JFK" has been described as "one of his worst portraits" because the President would not sit still for the painting.
Original Time Magazine Cover
January 5, 1962
JFK Library Image*
*Original copies on sale at $29.95
The cover article in the Time "Man of the Year" edition includes this statement by JFK:
"This job is interesting...but the possibilities for trouble are unlimited. It represents a chance to exercise your judgment on matters of importance. It takes a lot of thought and effort.
It's been a tough first year but then they're all going to be tough."
The article goes on to say that President Kennedy had done his job well in his first year.
"In his first year as President, John F. Kennedy showed qualities that have made him a promising leader.
Those same qualities, if developed further, may make him a great President."
Time's "Man of the Year" has been politically corrected to "Person of the Year" but also includes "a group, idea or object that, for better or for worse, has done the most to influence the events of the year."
The most recent American president to win the honor was Barack Obama in 2008.
The winner of the 2013 Person of the Year Award was Pope Francis, the People's Pope.
*Pietro Annigoni (1910-1988) was born in Milan and lived in Florence, Italy.
He attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence and died of complications from emergency ulcer surgery.
CALVIN COOLIDGE DIED 81 YEARS AGO TODAY
Northampton, Massachusetts (JFK+50) Calvin Coolidge, 30th President of the United States, passed away here in Northampton at the age 0f sixty, eighty-one years ago today, January 5, 1933.
Amity Shlaes describes the day...
"Grace...found him in his dressing room, he was already gone. He had been shaving, just as he had been the first time she saw him. He had removed his jacket. She could see from where Coolidge lay on the floor that it had all come over him suddenly. The heart attack he had always feared had come."
The funeral service was held at Plymouth where the widow, Grace Coolidge, asked the minister to read from the works of Australian poet Robert Richardson...
"Warm summer sun,
Shine kindly here;
Warm southern wind,
Blow softly here;
Green sod above,
Lie light, lie light.
Good-night, dear heart,
"Coolidge," by Amity Shlaes, Harper, New York, 2013.