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March 2012 - Page 2 of 3 - L.D.C. Fitzgerald, JFK Novelist

50 Years ago, on March 15, 1962, JFK delivered an address on the rights of the consumer – “Special Message to the Congress on Protecting the Consumer Interest.” In honor of Kennedy‘s speech, World Consumer Rights Day first took place on 15 March 1983 and has since become an important occasion for mobilizing citizen action. […]

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On March 14 in 1964, a jury in Dallas found nightclub owner Jack Ruby guilty of murdering alleged presidential assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald. Ruby was sentenced to death. Both the conviction and death sentence were later overturned, but Ruby died before he could be retried. Oswald, of course, is widely known as the alleged assassin […]

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The USS Enterprise, an aircraft carrier deployed in JFK’s Cuban Missile Crisis, has set sail on its final voyage. First nuclear-powered aircraft career; The longest and oldest aircraft carrier in the U.S. fleet; Patrolled Cuban waters during Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962; Made its film debut in the film “Top Gun” starring Tom Cruise; Left […]

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A new generation is discovering Jacqueline Kennedy as fashion icon. A First Lady of class and grace, Jackie was beautiful, refined, and highly regarded as a fashion icon. An educated woman fluent in French, Spanish, and Italian, Mrs. Kennedy dazzled the French by speaking in their native tongue during a diplomatic visit. JFK later joked, […]

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LOVE Park, the symbolic heart of Philadelphia officially known as John F. Kennedy Plaza, is expected to undergo a $20 million renovation starting in 2013. Mayor Nutter will announce the plans for the iconic park, a destination for tourists and skateboarders from around the world, in his budget address Thursday morning, several sources said. Robert […]

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Simon and Garfunkel’s “Sounds of Silence” was recorded 48 years ago today, in the aftermath of the JFK assassination. The song is recognized as the single that propelled the folk duo to stardom. In the U.S., it was the duo’s second most popular hit after “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”   LYRICS: Hello darkness, my old […]

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A Kennedy visitor and exhibition center is slated to open in Wexford in time for the 50th anniversary of John F Kennedy’s visit to Ireland in June 1963. The center will be located at the Kennedy family’s ancestral home in Dunganstown, near New Ross, Co Wexford. Descendants of the Kennedy family currently own the house […]

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Life Magazine has uncovered rare photos of JFK’s January 1961 inauguration. Click Here for Full Set of Photos From Life Magazine

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Amid Controversy, Dallas Begins Plans for 50th JFK Assassination Anniversary in 2013. The Sixth Floor Museum–located in the Texas School Book Depository where Oswald allegedly fired–is calling the event, “A Day of Remembrance: The Life and Legacy of JFK.” The Sixth Floor Museum has obtained a “special activity permit” that seems to grant their executives […]

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51 Years Ago, JFK Established the Peace Corps.  The program was established by Executive Order 10924, issued by President John F. Kennedy on March 1, 1961, and authorized by Congress on September 22, 1961, with passage of the Peace Corps Act (Public Law 87-293). The act declares the program’s purpose as follows: To promote world […]

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