Hyannisport, Massachusetts (JFK+50) NASA astronaut John Glenn along with his wife and family were entertained 52 years ago today, July 22, 1962, by President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy here at the summer White House in Hyannisport*.
The President, unfortunately, had a mishap when his sailboat, Victura**, ran aground near the family compound and also when the mainsail collapsed during relaunch.
Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The mother of the 35th President of the United States, Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy, was born 124 years ago today, July 22, 1890 at 4 Garden Court Street here in Boston's North End.
Rose's parents were John F. and Mary Josephine Fitzgerald. Rose studied piano at the New England Conservatory and attended the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Manhattanville, New York.
Rose met Joe Kennedy in Old Orchard, Maine in 1906 and after a long courtship, Rose married Joseph P. Kennedy on October 7, 1914.
Rose later recalled...
"I fell in love when I was seventeen and I never fell out."
Rose's father, John F. "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald, then the Mayor of Boston, did not share his daughter's love for Joe and the wedding ceremony was held in private attended only by family and the closest friends.
The couple began their marriage living in Brookline and would eventually have 9 children, one of them becoming president and two others becoming United States Senators.
Rose was a devout Catholic who almost always attended Sunday Mass. She died at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port on January 22, 1995.
The funeral was held at St. Stephen's Church on January 24 in Boston's North End where Rose had been born.
Her surviving son, Senator Edward M. "Ted" Kennedy spoke to the 800 people who came to pay their respects to his mother. He said...
"She has gone to God. She is home. And at this moment, she is happily presiding at a heavenly table with both of her Joes, with Jack and Kathleen, with Bobby and David.
And as she did all our lives, whether it was when I walked back through the rain from school as a child, or when a president who was her son came back to Hyannis Port, she will be there ready to welcome the rest of us home someday."
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, who left behind 30 grandchildren and 41 great grandchildren, was buried in Brookline's Holyhood Cemetery next to her husband Joe.