Monday, May 29, 2017


JFK+50:  Volume 7, No. 2324

MAY 29 1917-MAY 29 2017

Boston, Massachusetts (JFK+50) One hundred years ago at 3 o'clock Eastern time this afternoon, May 29, 1917, John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in the "streetcar suburb" of Boston known as Brookline.  It was on a Tuesday.  The future 35th president of the United States was born in the 2nd floor master bedroom of the family home at 83 Beals Street.

JFK, who would be called Jack, was the second child of Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy.  The baby was delivered by Dr. Frederick Good.  The twin bed nearest the window was chosen for the birth to provide the best light for the doctor.

The Kennedy birthplace home had been purchased for $6500 by Joe Kennedy, Sr. in 1914. JFK would live in Brookline for four years.  He would be baptised at nearby St. Aidans Roman Catholic Church.  The family moved to Riverdale, New York in 1921.

The house at 83 Beals Street is a Colonial Revival structure which boasts a spacious porch.  It was built in 1909.  In 1961, Brookline placed a bronze plaque in front of the house to mark it as the birthplace of the new POTUS.  In late November 1963, 10,000 mourners gathered outside to pay tribute to the martyred president.

In 1966, the house was bought back by the Kennedy family for restoration and on May 29, 1969 it was "dedicated and gifted to the National Park Service."

Today, May 29, 2017, at 3 p.m.United States Navy jets will fly over the Kennedy birthplace in Brookline to pay tribute to the 35th president's birth a century ago.  A daylong celebration in Boston will include a dedication of the JFK "Forever" stamp by the USPS and a speech by Representative Joe Kennedy III.  The Navy jets will also fly over the JFK Library at Columbia Point. 


"John Fitzgerald Kennedy Birthplace, Brookline, Massachusetts," Houses of the Presidents, Childhood Homes, Family Dwellings, Private Escapes and Grand Estates, by Hugh Howard, photography by Roger Straus III, Little, Brown & Company, New York, 2012.

"Navy jets fly over to mark JFK centennial," by Leslie Anderson, The Boston Globe,

JFK Birthplace
83 Beals Street
Brookline, MA
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Collector's Piece
RR Creations Inc. 1995