Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) The John Fitzgerald Kennedy Presidential Library was officially dedicated 35 years ago today, October 20, 1979, at Columbia Point in Dorchester near the campus of the University of Massachusetts.
The JFK Library building design, by I. M. Pei, is a simple geometric structure with a large glass pavilion. The building overlooks Dorchester Bay and the Atlantic Ocean.
Present at the dedication ceremonies were Mrs. John F. Kennedy, Caroline, JFK Jr., and Senator Edward M. (Ted) Kennedy. President Jimmy Carter and 1st Lady Rosalyn Carter also took part in the dedication.
"The names of those who in their lives fought for life
Who wore at their hearts the fire's center
Born of the sun they traveled a short while towards the sun
& left the vivid air signed with their honor."
Chicago, Illinois (JFK+50) Fifty-two years ago today, October 20, 1962, President John F. Kennedy was forced to cut his political campaigning short reportedly due to bad health.
Press Secretary Pierre Salinger announced that the President had come down with a bad cold and after conferring with his doctors, decided it would be best to return to the White House.
This turned out to be a cover story. JFK really had to return to Washington for intense meetings with his national security advisers in response to the Cuban Missile Crisis.