Hyannis Port, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The last surviving Kennedy brother, Senator Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy* passed away five years ago today, August 25, 2009, at his home here in Hyannis Port.
Ted, who became a United States Senator in 1962 when his brother Jack was President, had been diagnosed with a brain tumor in May 2008.
He underwent brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center and then was treated with chemotherapy and radiation.
"We've lost the irreplaceable center of our family and joyous light of our lives, but the inspiration of his faith, optimism and perseverance will live in our hearts forever. He loved this country and devoted his life to serving it."
Senator Kennedy's survivors included wife Victoria Anne 'Vicki' Reggie who he married in 1992 and sister Jean Kennedy Smith. His sister Eunice Kennedy Shriver passed away two weeks earlier.
*Edward Moore Kennedy (1932-2009) was born in Boston the youngest of Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy's 9 children. Because of his father's work movements, Ted attended 10 different schools by age 11.
He graduated from Milton Academy in 1950, served in the US Army, and graduated from Harvard with an A.B. in history and government in 1959.
Ted served in the US Senate from 1962 until his death.
PARIS LIBERATED 70 YEARS AGO
Paris, France (JFK+50) After more than four years of Nazi occupation, the city of Paris was liberated seventy years ago today, August 25, 1944, by the French 2nd Armored Division and the United States 4th Infantry Division.
In the afternoon General Charles de Gaulle led a triumphant march down the Champs d'Elysees.
The Nazi army had marched into and occupied the French capital on June 14, 1940.
WIZARD OF OZ OPENS
Hollywood, California (JFK+50) The film produced by MGM Studios and based on the children's book by L. Frank Baum, "The Wizard of Oz," opened in theaters across the nation seventy-five years ago today, August 25, 1939.
The film starred JUDY GARLAND as Dorothy, FRANK MORGAN as the Wizard, RAY BOLGER as the Tin Man, BERT LAHR as the Cowardly Lion and JACK HALEY as the Scarecrow.
The opening scenes were filmed in black and white but most of the movie is in TECHNICOLOR. "The Wizard of Oz" was first televised in 1956 and watched by 45 million people.