Tuesday, July 15, 2014



Nashville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Three generations of Kennedys, Ethel Kennedy*, wife of the late senator Robert F. Kennedy and their sons Joseph Kennedy II, Joe Kennedy III, and grandson Dr. William Kennedy Smith attended the funeral services of long-time newsman John Seigenthaler held here in Nashville yesterday, Monday, July 14, 2014.

Ethel Kennedy in 1968
National Archives Photo
JFK Library Image

Joseph Kennedy II is a former congressman, while Joe Kennedy III is a United States Representative.

The services, held at the Cathedral of the Incarnation, were attended by more than one thousand people including former Vice-President Albert Gore, Jr., Senator Lamar Alexander, Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, and Representative Jim Cooper.

Former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredensen, who also attended the services, said...

"It is a sad day, but its really a celebration of someone who led a great life, a great man who contributed so much..."

Mr. Seigenthaler, who died of cancer at the age of 86 this past Friday, represented the Kennedy administration during the Freedom Rides and was knocked unconscious as he attempted to protect the protesters.

John Seigenthaler
Nashville Public Library
Photo by John White

Singer song-writer, Emmylou Harris, sang "We Shall Overcome," and a choir sang "This Little Light of Mine."

*Ethel Skakel Kennedy was born in Chicago, IL in 1928.  She graduated from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart and married Robert F. Kennedy in 1950.  She has not remarried since his death in 1968.  The couple had 11 children.


"Kennedys among notables at Seigenthaler services," by Heidi Hall of The Tennessean, Knoxville News Sentinel, July 15, 2014.


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) In the midst of a national energy crisis and economic recession, President Jimmy Carter spoke to the American people 35 years ago tonight, July 15, 1979, on national television from the White House.

President Carter said there was a lack of "moral and spiritual confidence" in the nation and that the reason for it was America's inability to recover from economic crisis.

The President said that this "crisis of confidence" had led to domestic turmoil as well as "the loss of unity and purpose for our nation."

President James Earl Carter
Official White House Portrait


Los Angeles (JFK+50) Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party for President of the United States 54 years ago this evening, July 15, 1960, here in Los Angeles.

Senator Kennedy, who gave his acceptance speech at the Los Angeles Coliseum, became the 1st Catholic candidate for President since Al Smith in 1928.

JFK was introduced by Adlai Stevenson of Illinois who had been the Democratic nominee in 1952 and 1956 and who was to serve as ambassador to the United Nations in the Kennedy administration.

Senator Kennedy talked about his vision for the future.  He said...

"The New Frontier of which I speak is not a set of promises.  It is a set of challenges.   It sums up not what I intend to offer the American people, but what I intend to ask of them."

"We stand at a turning point of history.  The world watches...and see what we shall do.  Can we endure?  Have we the will (to make the) choice between national greatness and national decline?

Give me your help and your hand and your voice."

Speaking before 80,000 people on a late Friday night after a long primary campaign, Arthur Schlesinger tells us that JFK was very tired.  

Schlesinger wrote...

"His delivery was uncertain and at times almost strident; but his conviction carried him along, and the crowd stirred in response to the words.  JFK's long journey had begun."


"A Thousand Days:  JFK in the White House" by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr.  Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, 1965.


Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) President John F. Kennedy and President Julius Nyerere** of Tanganyika began two days of talks here in the Nation's Capital 51 years ago today, July 15, 1963.

They discussed political developments in Africa and relations between Tanganyika and the United States.

**Julius Nyerere (1922-1999) was the 1st President of Tanzania and served from 1961 to 1985.

His father was Chief of the Zanaki and Nyerere was a graduate of Makerere University and the University of Edinburg.  President Nyerere died in London.