Friday, June 15, 2018


JUNE 15, 1948 - JUNE 15, 2018

Knoxville, Tennessee (JFK+50) Today we celebrate our 70th birthday.  I was born 70 years ago this afternoon, Tuesday, June 15, 1948 at Fort Sanders Presbyterian Hospital here in Knoxville.  In today's post I will reflect on the year 1948 in reference to John F. Kennedy.

JFK IN 1948

On January 15 Congressman John F. Kennedy of the 11th District of Massachusetts suggested a plan to reduce the rates of airmail for printed materials so that American publications could be shipped more economically around the world.

On February 8 JFK spoke at a dinner held at the Francis of Assisi Church in East Cambridge, MASS.  JFK discussed the failure to implement veteran's housing via the proposed Federal Housing Bill.  

On February 29, Associated Press named Congressman John F. Kennedy as one of the "Most Eligible Bachelors" in America.  When asked about the honor, JFK said that he still had 10 months left to do something about that.

On May 13, JFK's sister, Kathleen "Kick" Kennedy, a.k.a. Lady Hartington, was killed in a plane crash in Southern France.  

On June 10, JFK's brother, Robert F. Kennedy, graduated from Harvard University.

On June 24, JFK departed by ship for England where he would settle Kick's estate.

On July 20, JFK filed the necessary papers for nomination to a 2nd term in Congress.

On September 14, JFK won the Democratic nomination for the 11th Congressional seat unopposed and 2 days later, RFK enrolled in law school at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

On November 2, Harry S Truman defeated Thomas E. Dewey in an upset giving him a full term on his own as President beginning January 20, 1949.  Also on election day, Congressman John F. Kennedy was re-elected to Congress by a vote of 106,366 to 2.  

On December 13, the national Electoral College made Truman's election official.


"The Kennedys: A Chronological History, 1823-Present," by Harvey Rachlin, World Almanac, 1986.

John Robert White
JRW & Roy G. White
Knoxville, TN