JOHN F. KENNEDY
Here Are the Juiciest Bits From the Secret JFK Document Dump
GettyThe National Archives and Records Administration released 1,500 secret documents related to John F. Kennedy’s assassination Wednesday. The 1963 killing shocked the nation and continues to arouse fascination in historians and conspiracy theorists alike.The National Archives’ document dump was slated to come a year ago, but President Joe Biden delayed it, blaming the coronavirus pandemic. Another launch date was scrapped a month ago. Some files, originally promised to be released with those tnews.yahoo.com
Biden picks Caroline Kennedy, Michelle Kwan for ambassadors
President Joe Biden announced Wednesday he's nominating Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of President John F. Kennedy who served as ambassador to Japan during the Obama administration, to serve as ambassador to Australia and Michelle Kwan, the renowned U.S. Olympic figure skater, to serve as his chief envoy to Belize. Kennedy threw her support behind Biden relatively early in the crowded 2020 Democratic primary process. In a Boston Globe editorial to announce her endorsement, she praised Biden for his long career as a public servant and fondly recalled Biden visiting Tokyo as vice president while she was ambassador.news.yahoo.com
CIA continues to conceal JFK assassination files. But here’s what we do know | Opinion
As a professional journalist who has been reporting on the assassination of John F. Kennedy for almost 30 years, I have long been skeptical about the pursuit of a proverbial “smoking gun” that supposedly will blow open the case of the murdered president. hen When the congressional deadline for the release of the last of the JFK files approached last month, I instinctively advised friends that there would no smoking gun in the released material.news.yahoo.com
Cuban exile told sons he trained Oswald, JFK’s accused assassin, at a secret CIA camp
Almost 40 years after his death following a bar brawl in Key Biscayne, Ricardo Morales, known as “Monkey” — contract CIA worker, anti-Castro militant, counter-intelligence chief for Venezuela, FBI informant and drug dealer — returned to the spotlight Thursday morning when one of his sons made a startling claim on Spanish-language radio:news.yahoo.com
Robert F. Kennedy's assassin Sirhan Sirhan recommended for parole
The man convicted of shooting and killing Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968 may be one step closer to being released from prison. Sirhan Sirhan, who has served 53 years of a life sentence, was granted parole on Friday. It's now up to California Governor Gavin Newsom, or whoever succeeds him, to uphold or reject the parole board's decision. Michelle Miller reports.news.yahoo.com
What Do All of Your Favorite Summer Beverages Have in Common?
This gorgeous glass decanter, handmade in Poland, has a long neck and jewel-shaped stopper that will make even the humblest of beverages look fit for royalty. $185, Estelle Colored Glass. Get it now! Sophie Lou Jacobsen, the woman behind our favorite ripple glasses, applies her colorful, creative mind to this borosilicate glass pitcher, available at Coming Soon in New York.news.yahoo.com
LETTERS: Truth can be brutal
When we’ve been lied to all our lives about major events in American history, hearing the truth can be brutal, hard to believe and often, even harder to accept. In my opinion, the reason we aren’t told the truth about historical events by the mainstream media is because the powers-that-be would rather the American people not know how evil, greedy, corrupt and treasonous they (the wealthy elites who run America, the liberal mainstream media they own and control, the ruling class, liberal politicians (DemocRATS and DemocRATS who masquerade as Republicans) actually are. Our indoctrination into accepting what the liberal, oligarchy-owned East Coast media, local media and federal agencies tell us began with our first day in America’s public schools (indoctrination centers).myrgv.com
Spidernauts and space dogs: What happens to the creatures of spaceflight
Animal spaceflights paved the way for the first human astronauts, and today, creatures big and small continue to space travel, advancing our knowledge of how the zero-gravity environment impacts all beings and aiding research down on Earth.
Shock of Jan. 6 insurrection devolves into political fight
Pressed to explain his decision, Rep. Greg Pence of Indiana praised his brother as a “hero" and turned his ire on Democrats, calling the commission a “coverup about the failed Biden administration.” Pence's swift pivot to attacking Democrats and defending the former president about a riot that threatened his brother's life is a stark measure of how the horror of Jan. 6 has been reduced from a violent assault on American democracy to a purely political fight. Rather than uniting behind a bipartisan investigation like the ones that followed the 9/11 terror attacks, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy or Pearl Harbor, Republicans are calculating they can regain at least partial control of Congress if they put the issue behind them as quickly as possible without antagonizing Trump or his supporters.news.yahoo.com
Justices consider hearing a case on 'most offensive word'
Robert Collier says that during the seven years he worked as an operating room aide at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas, white nurses called him and other Black employees “boy." Now, however, at a private conference Thursday, the Supreme Court will consider for the first time whether to hear his case. Focusing on the elevator graffiti, Collier is asking the justices to decide whether a single use of the N-word in the workplace can create a hostile work environment, giving an employee the ability to pursue a case under Title VII of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964.news.yahoo.com
60 years since 1st American in space: Tourists lining up
Sixty years after Alan Shepard became the first American in space, everyday people are on the verge of following in his cosmic footsteps. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin company is finally opening ticket sales for short hops from Texas launched by a rocket named New Shepard. Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic aims to kick off tourist flights next year, just as soon as he straps into his space-skimming, plane-launched rocketship for a test run from the New Mexico base.news.yahoo.com
Op-Ed: Can a Jan. 6 Commission answer our questions? Yes, if Pelosi and the GOP make the right choices
The reports of the Warren Commission (the assassination of President John F. Kennedy), the Kerner Commission (Black uprisings in Detroit, Newark, N.J., and other cities), the Rogers Commission (the Challenger failure), and the 9/11 Commission run by former New Jersey Gov. AdvertisementCongress authorized the 9/11 Commission just one month after the U.S. began its ill-fated war in Iraq. AdvertisementAs happened after 9/11, Congress should pass a law authorizing a presidential commission without reference to its membership. An adequate budget must be appropriated — the 9/11 Commission cost $15 million and had a staff of more than 75 — and the commission must be granted subpoena power. In the absence of a well-constituted Jan. 6 commission, questions vital to our democracy will remain unanswered and conspiracy theories will persist.latimes.com
JFK’s Harvard sweater sold at auction for more than $85,000
This undated photo released by RR Auction shows a Harvard University letter sweater that once belonged to former President John F. Kennedy, up for auction between Feb. 11-18, 2021, by the Boston-based auction firm. (Nikki Brickett/RR Auction via AP)BOSTON – John F. Kennedy’s Harvard University sweater, given away to a television cameraman who mentioned that he was chilly while interviewing Jacqueline Kennedy, has sold at auction for more than $85,000. The crimson wool cardigan, featuring a large black block-letter “H” and eight white mother-of-pearl buttons, was one of several mementos from U.S. presidents sold during a President's Day auction that ended Thursday, according to Boston-based RR Auction. AdJFK's Harvard sweater, with his surname sewn into the collar, was acquired by Herman Lang, a CBS cameraman who filmed an interview with Jacqueline Kennedy in 1964, the year after the 35th president's assassination in Dallas. It is believed that because the interview was outdoors, Lang mentioned that he was cold and was offered the sweater, according to RR Auction.
A quirky Presidents Day sale: Washington’s hair, JFK sweater
(Nikki Brickett/RR Auction via AP)BOSTON – It's almost Presidents Day, and now there's a chance to own a quirky piece of White House history. Boston-based RR Auction said online bidding gets underway Thursday and runs through Feb. 18. RR Auction spokesperson Mike Graff said the collection “honors America’s esteemed commanders-in-chief." Last year, RR Auction sold a lock of Lincoln’s hair wrapped in a bloodstained telegram about his 1865 assassination to an unidentified buyer for $81,000. Lang mentioned he was cold, and one of the former first lady's staffers brought him the cardigan, RR Auction says.
WATCH: Poet Amanda Gorman recites ‘The Hill We Climb’ at inauguration of President Joe Biden
The 22-year-old Gorman referenced everything from Biblical scripture to “Hamilton,” and at times echoed the oratory of John F. Kennedy and the Rev. Did you catch the 2 @HamiltonMusical references in the inaugural poem? “That day gave me a second wave of energy to finish the poem,” Gorman told the AP. Penguin Young Readers announced Wednesday that “The Hill We Climb” will be published in a special edition this spring. Two other books come out in September — the illustrated “Change Sings” and a volume of her inaugural poem and other works.
KSAT Kids: Today in History, Jan. 14
1929: Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, the U.S. first lady from 1961 until 1963 as the wife of President John F. Kennedy, is born Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Southampton, New York. Five years after President Kennedy's assassination, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis and they remained married until his death in 1975. A fashion icon also known for her contributions to the arts and preservation of historic architecture, she had a career as a book editor during the last two decades of her life before her death on May 19, 1994. (Library of Congress, LC-USZ62-21796)
KSAT Kids: Today in History, Nov. 23
Today is Monday, Nov. 23, the 328th day of 2020. On Nov. 23, 1963, President Lyndon B. Johnson proclaimed Nov. 25 a day of national mourning following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In 2000, in a setback for Al Gore, the Florida Supreme Court refused to order Miami-Dade County officials to resume hand-counting its election-day ballots. Meanwhile, Gore’s lawyers argued in a brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court that the high court should stay out of the Florida election controversy. (Milosevic died in March 2006 while his trial was in progress.)
KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 16
Today is Friday, Oct. 16, the 290th day of 2020. On Oct. 16, 1962, the Cuban missile crisis began as President John F. Kennedy was informed that reconnaissance photographs had revealed the presence of missile bases in Cuba. In 1859, radical abolitionist John Brown led a group of 21 men in a raid on Harpers Ferry in western Virginia. In 1901, Booker T. Washington dined at the White House as the guest of President Theodore Roosevelt, whose invitation to the Black educator sparked controversy. In 1995, a vast throng of Black men gathered in Washington, D.C. for the “Million Man March” led by Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan.
KSAT Kids: Today in History, Oct. 7
In 1916, in the most lopsided victory in college football history, Georgia Tech defeated Cumberland University 222-0 in Atlanta. (The hijackers shot and killed Leon Klinghoffer, a Jewish-American tourist in a wheelchair, and pushed him overboard, before surrendering on Oct. Rock musician Kevin Godley (10cc) is 75. Singer John Mellencamp is 69. Rock musician Tico Torres (Bon Jovi) is 67.
President Trump is on the mend, but we couldn’t help but wonder: How many U.S. presidents have died while in office?
But we couldn’t help but wonder: How many presidents have died while in office? Vice President John Tyler took the oath of office after Harrison’s death and became president. Vice President Andrew Johnson was sworn in as president following Lincoln’s death. Vice President Calvin Coolidge then became president. Franklin D. RooseveltAfter winning a record fourth presidential election, Roosevelt died suddenly in April 1945 of a stroke.
Of presidents and health, history replete with secrecy, lies
(AP Photo, File)WASHINGTON – Throughout American history, an uncomfortable truth has been evident: Presidents have lied about their health. But with an election coming on, Roosevelt and the White House staff issued a statement saying the problem was far less serious. The first known instance of a so-called pool reporter inside the White House was in 1881 when James A. Garfield was shot. As he lay in bed, Associated Press reporter Franklin Trusdell sat outside the president's sick room, listening to him breathe and sharing updates with other correspondents. “I listen for every sound,” Trusdell wrote to his wife in a note about his overnight Garfield watch at the White House.
History on screen: East Germany through its filmmakers' eyes
In this Wednesday, June 17, 2020 photo Gunnar Dedio, German film producer and managing director of PROGRESS Film GmbH poses for a photo between rolls of film in the archive of PROGRESS Film, in Leipzig, Germany. A new project is underway to digitize thousands of East German newsreels, documentaries and feature films 30 years after Germanys reunification. The East German Augenzeuge, or Eyewitness, newsreel on the Kennedy visit trumpeted the prank as a triumph, scoffing that the American president got an “unexpected surprise instead of the great view into the East German capital promised by his Secret Service” and allegedly had to cut his visit from “20 minutes to five." Germany was divided into four occupation zones after World War II, the Soviet-influenced East Germany and West Germany's American, British and French sectors. In 1950, the year after East Germany was established as a country, the authorities formed another company, Progress, as a state monopoly to distribute DEFA films and to import foreign productions.
James Meredith film weighs 'complicated' civil rights figure
FILE - In this July 19, 2018, file photo, civil rights movement activist James Meredith, right, greets a friend with a black power salute as he takes a coffee break at a north Jackson, Miss., grocery store. It was one of the most violent moments of the Civil Rights Movement and it forever changed life in the American Deep South. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – A new documentary is diving into the complicated, and sometimes contradictory life of James Meredith, a Black civil rights figure who helped change Mississippi. It was one of the most violent moments of the Civil Rights Movement and Meredith's determination to enroll in Ole Miss forever transformed life in the American Deep South. “I hope that people will see this from the viewpoint from the first person ... almost as if they are James Meredith going through this.”___Russell Contreras is a member of The Associated Press’ Race and Ethnicity Team.
US Latino civil rights group moves 2021 convention online
LULAC, the nation's oldest Latino civil rights organization, voted Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, to postpone its planned national convention in Albuquerque, N.M., in 2021 over uncertainty caused by COVID-19. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)RIO RANCHO, N.M. – The League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest Latino civil rights group in the U.S., has decided to move its 2021 national convention online amid concerns and health orders caused by COVID-19. The state currently limits the number of people at large gatherings and LULAC national conventions typically attract thousands of activists. The group still plans to hold a national convention in Albuquerque in 2023 because the city and the LULAC's local chapters made financial commitments to hold an event in the city. LULAC national conventions and gatherings have attracted presidents, presidential candidates, and international leaders.
Reagan's age, Mitt's binders: Presidential debate highlights
FILE - In this Oct. 21, 1960 file photo taken a television in New York displays a debate between Republican presidential candidate Vice President Richard M. Nixon, left, and Democratic presidential candidate Sen. John F. Kennedy, D-Mass. The 1960 presidential election offered the country's first televised debates. Here are some of the most memorable moments in presidential debate history:THE FIRST TELEVISED DEBATEThe 1960 presidential election offered the country's first televised debate. THE KIDS ARE OFF-LIMITSDemocrat John Kerry's response to a question about homosexuality during a 2004 presidential debate against Republican incumbent George W. Bush caused a fight between him and Vice President Dick Cheney. The women detailed their allegations against the former president as Trump watched, his hands folded in front of him.
A trip down memory lane: These might be the 10 most unforgettable political ads
Supporters on all sides of the political ledger may or may not like them, but it’s hard to deny the impact of these TV political ads below. To view the ad on YouTube, click or tap here. To view the ad on YouTube, click or tap here. To view the ad on YouTube, click or tap here. To view the ad on YouTube, click or tap here.
Letters reveal public distaste for booze in JFK White House
FILE - In this Dec. 6, 1960, file photo, President Dwight Eisenhower poses with President-elect John F. Kennedy at the White House in Washington, before a private conference. Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in 2020 have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace of cocktails at White House events. Case in point: Researchers at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum have found a cache of letters from Americans objecting to JFK's embrace of cocktails at White House events. Can we risk our national and international security on such potential incompetence?Eisenhower was no teetotaler, but historians say he presided over a largely cocktail-free White House. JFK Library archivists say the letters of protest began arriving after newspapers reported on Kennedy's first official event: a January 1961 reception honoring the new president's appointees.
Jackie O's island getaway sold to land preservation groups
The Marthas Vineyard estate of former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis is being sold to a pair of nonprofits that plan on turning the property into conservation land open to the public, officials said Thursday. The 304-acre Aquinnah property, among the largest and most spectacular undeveloped parcels on the island, will be known as the Squibnocket Pond Reservation," the statement said. Red Gate Farm was a sheep farm and hunting cabin when Kennedy Onassis bought it in 1979. It has been maintained by Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of Kennedy Onassis and President John F. Kennedy. We are excited to partner with two outstanding island organizations, and for the entire island community and the general public to experience its beauty."
Kennedy loss in Massachusetts may mark end of 'Camelot' era
The loss marks the first time a member of the political dynasty has come up short in a race for Congress in Massachusetts. The Kennedy legacy hung over the race, especially in the closing weeks, when Kennedy more explicitly invoked his pedigree including JFK; former U.S. Kennedy helped raise millions of dollars for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the House Democrats campaign arm, during the 2018 midterm elections. Massachusetts voters may have rejected him, but few remaining House Democrats carry the same national fundraising appeal as Kennedy. In 1986, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend lost a U.S. House race in Maryland, and in 2002, Mark Kennedy Shriver also lost a congressional primary in Maryland.
Martin Luther King's traffic ticket changed history's course
The man was Martin Luther King Jr., and his citation on May 4, 1960, led to him being sentenced, illegally, to a chain gang. AdSmith later wrote that they were stopped because the officer saw her white face with a black man. Nixon had just been endorsed by Martin Luther King Sr., the leader of Ebenezer Baptist Church. But Nixon ignored their pleas for help, while Kennedy called Mrs. King to express his sympathy. AdAccording to The Gallup Poll, Black people voted 61% Democrat/39% Republican in 1956, and 68% Democrat/32% Republican in 1960.
Alamo Heights’ first JFK Memorial dedicated Thursday
ALAMO HEIGHTS, Texas – Along the curb on Broadway next to Cambridge Elementary School, Alamo Heights’ first John F. Kennedy memorial was dedicated Thursday. The memorial’s most striking feature is the iconic photograph etched in bronze that captured the moment the school’s awestruck fourth graders saw Kennedy. “It’s so much history for Alamo Heights,” Sumerlin said. I feel very complete right now.”JFK Monument Picture Courtesy: Jim Berg, Maj. W.M. Kardegg (Courtesy: Jim Berg, Maj. W.M.