Saturday, December 6, 2014



Washington, D.C. (JFK+50) 52 years ago this evening, December 6, 1962, President John F. Kennedy joined movie stars Judy Garland*, Danny Kaye** and  Bert Lancaster*** to present awards at the First International Awards Dinner for the Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation.

The dinner was held at the Statler Hilton Hotel here in the Nation's Capital.

Awards were presented to the following recipients for their work in the field of mental retardation:

Dr. Samuel A. Kirk, Illinois
Dr. Ivar Asbjorn Folling, Norway
Dr. Murray L. Barr. Canada
Joe Hin Tijo, Indonesia 
Dr. Jerome Lejeune, France.

The President thanked Miss Garland and Mr. Lancaster in his speech for their attendance and spoke about a magazine article on the subject written by his sister, Eunice.

Dr. Leonard W. Mayo, Chairman of the President's Panel on Mental Retardation, presented a report.

JFK, Judy Garland
Danny Kaye and Dave Powers
December 6, 1962

*Judy Garland (1922-1969) was born in Grand Rapids, MI.  She became an actress and singer best known for her role as Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz.

**Danny Kaye (1911-1987) was born in Brooklyn, NY.   He was a singer, dancer and comedian who appeared in 17 movies including White Christmas

***Bert Lancaster (1913-1984) was born in NYC.  He received an Academy Award for his role as Elmer Gantry in 1960 and a BAFTA Award for The Birdman of Alcatrz in 1962.


Dublin, Ireland (JFK+50) The Irish Free State was officially declared 92 years ago today, December 6, 1922.

The declaration came as a result of the Ango-Irish Treaty signed by British and Irish representatives the previous year.

The Irish Free State was to be a DOMINION  or state of the British Empire with equal status as Australia, Canada, Newfoundland, New Zealand and the Union of South Africa.

Northern Ireland "opted out" of the Irish Free State two days later as was permitted by the Anglo-Irish Treaty.

Irish Free State Passport of 1927
Photo by Peter Clarke (2008)