Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 53 years ago today, June 8, 1961, White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger announced that President John F. Kennedy was suffering from a bad back.
JFK, who had a history of back problems including surgeries in 1955, strained his back in May 1961 during a tree planting ceremony in Canada.
The President, who had been in office more than four months, left the Nation's Capital for a three day recuperation in Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr. Janet Travell prescribed novocaine shots for JFK and recommended that he take daily swims in a warm pool.*
*JFK sometimes used a surgical back brace to support his back and also had numerous rocking chairs in the White House and at other locations.
RFK LAID TO REST
Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was laid to rest 46 years ago this evening, June 8, 1968, in a grave just thirty yards from JFK's.
The graveside service was held at 9 p.m. making it the first night time burial in the history of Arlington National Cemetery.
The reason for the late service was due to the long, slow funeral train that bore RFK's body from New York to Arlington.
The resting place of Senator Kennedy is marked by a single white cross.
KATHLEEN KENNEDY GRADUATED PREP SCHOOL 77 YEARS AGO
New York City (JFK+50) The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Kathleen, graduated 77 years ago today, June 8, 1937, from the Convent of the School of the Sacred Heart here in Manhattan, New York.
Kathleen Kennedy, nicknamed "Kick", was 17 years old.
JFK GRADUATED FROM CHOATE 79 YEARS AGO
Wallingford, Connecticut (JFK+50) The son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., John F. Kennedy, graduated from Choate School here in Wallingford 79 years ago today, June 8, 1935.
Jack Kennedy, who was 18 years old at the time, had been voted "most likely to succeed" by his classmates.