Sunday, November 9, 2014



Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50)  JFK+50 begins our 5th year of blogging today, November 9, 2014.  JFK+50's first posting was appropriately 50 years to the day after Senator John F. Kennedy was declared the winner of the Election of 1960.  Although voting was done on November 8, the final results were not known until the following morning.

In our first year, 2010-2011, we had 352 postings with 78,000 visitors from 176 countries and 12,175 cities. This is the 1406th  post. Now we have more than 500,000 page views all-time averaging 5000 per month.

Thank you for your continued interest in John F. Kennedy.


Hyannisport, Massachusetts (JFK+50)  Fifty-four years ago today, Senator John F. Kennedy was declared the winner of the Presidential Election of 1960.  It was one of the closest elections in history.

The Senator turned in just before 4 a.m. having worked through the night at his campaign headquarters at the home of his brother and campaign manger, Robert F. Kennedy.

JFK learned of the outcome when his 3 year old daughter, Caroline, came running into his bedroom with the news.  He would be inaugurated on January 20, 1961 as the 35th President. At age 43, he became the youngest elected Chief Executive in American history. 

As described in yesterday's post, The President-elect made his first public statement on November 9, 1960 at the Armory here in Hyannisport.  

Accompanied by his family, Mr. Kennedy received an unprecedented standing ovation from the press corps as he stepped up onto the stage.

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After reading the text of telegrams from both Vice-President Richard M. Nixon and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, JFK said...

"To all Americans I say that the next 4 years are going to be difficult and challenging years for all of us.  

The election may have been a close one, but I think that there is general agreement by all of our citizens that a supreme national effort will be needed in the years ahead to move this country safely through the 1960s.

I ask your help in this effort & I can assure you that every degree of mind and spirit that I possess will be devoted to the long-range interests of the United States and the cause of freedom around the world.

So now my wife & I prepare for a new administration and for a new baby.

Thank you."