New York City (JFK+50) Eunice Kennedy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and sister of Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy, was married to Robert Sargent Shriver, Jr. 61 years ago today, May 23, 1953, at St. Patrick's Cathedral here in New York City.
Eunice Kennedy was 31 years old while her husband was 37.
Francis Cardinal Spellman officiated the nuptial mass.
The bride wore a white Christian Dior gown with a fitted bodice.*
*Eunice Kennedy Shriver was the founder of the Special Olympics. She died at the age of 88 on August 11, 2009.
The Shriver family issued this statement...
"She was a living prayer, a living advocate, a living center of power. She set out to change the world and to change us and she did that and more."
President Barack Obama said...
"She was an extraordinary woman who taught our nation and our world that no physical or mental barrier can restrain the power of the human spirit."
Governor Frank Clement, Rose Kennedy
Eunice and Sargent Shriver
Founding of the JFK Center
May 29, 1965
JFK RETURNED TO THE SENATE 59 YEARS AGO
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) After recuperation of several months at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts resumed his Senate duties 59 years ago today, May 23, 1955.
Senator Kennedy was recovering from back surgery. He arrived here in the National Capital by plane with his wife, Jacqueline and his sister, Jean.
When Mr. Kennedy arrived at his office, he found on his desk a card which read:
It was signed:
JFK at the 1956 Democratic Convention