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Marilyn's 'Birthday' Dress Sells for 400 Times Its Original Cost

Ripley's scoops it up for $4.8M

(Newser) - It might be the most famous birthday serenade in history, and a new auction only underscores the point. The silk dress worn by Marilyn Monroe when she sang "Happy Birthday" to President Kennedy at Madison Square Garden in 1962 has just sold for $4.8 million, reports CNN . More »

Woman Wants Grandpa's JFK Assassination Film Back

That or $10M

(Newser) - The "Zapruder film" rings a bell for most people—the "Nix film" far less so. But both captured the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, and the granddaughter of the man who shot the latter now wants one of two things: the film back, or $10 million. Gayle... More »

Verdict In on Whether Lee Harvey Oswald Pic Is a Fake

3D imaging by Dartmouth scientists shows backyard photo is for real

(Newser) - For decades, conspiracy theorists have claimed the famous "backyard photo" of Lee Harvey Oswald, which shows him holding the same type of rifle used to assassinate JFK, is a fake—a claim that Oswald himself made when he was arrested. But thanks to a scientist who has studied this... More »

Before JFK Died, Jackie Was Bent on a Divorce

Unauthorized biography claims Marilyn's serenade was last straw

(Newser) - The year before John F. Kennedy was assassinated, Jacqueline Kennedy was determined to divorce him, according to a bombshell new unauthorized biography that's making some pretty explosive claims, as per the Daily Mail . Jackie had, supposedly, told her mother back in 1956, "I just can’t see myself... More »

Nation, World Remember JFK

Thousands gather at Dealey Plaza in Dallas

(Newser) - Fifty years after John F. Kennedy fell victim to an assassin's bullet while visiting Texas with his wife, people at home and abroad paused today to remember the 35th president of the United States. The most high-profile memorial service was at Dealey Plaza in Dallas, where thousands observed a... More »

Nagging Jack Ruby Question Answered

CBS News gets look at 50-year-old evidence, files

(Newser) - The Dallas County district attorney's office has for 50 years kept the lid on a dozen boxes labeled with Jack Ruby's name, according to CBS News , which reports it got an exclusive look at what's inside. The network flags one group of documents of particular interest, those... More »

Researchers Demand Access to Sealed JFK Files

50 years on, what is so secret that we can't still can't see today?

(Newser) - It's been 50 years since JFK was shot, but thousands of documents from the probe into his death are still off-limits to the public. Now an increasing number of serious researchers are seeking their release, reports the AP . "This is not about conspiracy, this is about transparency,"... More »

Jackie Tried to Save Piece of JFK's Skull

'Jack, Jack, what have they done to you?' she cried to dying President

(Newser) - In a chilling new memoir of the day JFK was assassinated, a former Secret Service agent said Jackie Kennedy leaped onto the back of the presidential limousine in a desperate bid to save her husband by attempting to retrieve a piece of his skull. She then climbed back into the... More »

Santorum Still Ripping JFK Speech

Absolute separation is 'not America,' it's France, he argues

(Newser) - Rick Santorum just cannot let this John F. Kennedy speech go: He again slammed JFK's remarks on the separation of church and state last night, although this time he didn't go so far as to say that they made him want to vomit . "Obviously, the language that... More »

Air Force One Death Call to Rose Kennedy Released

National Archives release recording of conversations day JFK was killed

(Newser) - A heart-wrenching call from Lyndon Johnson placed to Rose Kennedy from Air Force One has finally been released more than 48 years after her son was assassinated. "I wish to God there was something I could do," says Johnson the day John F. Kennedy was killed. "I... More »

Jackie O Had Cruel Words for Presidents, Other VIPs

More gossip from 1964 interviews revealed

(Newser) - More details—and more barbs —are trickling out from the new book of 47-year-old interviews with Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, which hits shelves Wednesday. From the New York Times :
  • On French president Charles DeGaulle: "That egomaniac."
  • On future Indian prime minister Indira Gandhi: "A real prune—bitter,
... More »

Jackie O: MLK a 'Phony'

...and other revelations from a new book of interviews

(Newser) - Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis was not a fan of Martin Luther King Jr, once describing him as "tricky" and a "phony," after hearing FBI tapes of him with a woman other than his wife in a hotel room. That's just one of the revelations contained in a... More »

ABC Says Jackie Tapes Not So Sordid, but Won't Spill

You'll have to wait for the network special

(Newser) - ABC officials are saying that their Jackie O tapes are not nearly as "sordid" as claimed in press reports—but aren't saying what's on them. The Daily Mail has reported that Jackie Kennedy told historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. in a lengthy interview that she believed Lyndon Johnson... More »

Report: Jackie O Thought LBJ Plotted JFK Assassination

Knew of husband's intern flings, had affairs of her own

(Newser) - Jackie Kennedy Onassis believed Lyndon B. Johnson was behind JFK's assassination, knew about her husband's affairs with his interns, and had her own fling with actor William Holden. Those are the stunning revelations from an interview she held decades ago, tapes of which are about to be released... More »

JFK's Last Night Alive Revealed on Home Movie

He spoke at League of Latin American Citizens event

(Newser) - John F. Kennedy's last night alive was captured on film that has been turned over to a museum. The silent home movie sat for years in a drawer in the Houston home of Roy Botello, now 88. He filmed the president, smiling warmly, as he spoke at a Houston hotel... More »

JFK Speechwriter Theodore Sorensen Dies

'Ask not' poetic knight of Camelot helped shape history

(Newser) - The man who crafted among the most compelling speeches of political history for President John F. Kennedy has died. Theodore Sorensen, 82, passed away in a Manhattan hospital following a stroke. He was the last poetic knight of Camelot, the youngest top official in the White House who served as... More »

Hellish Flight Takes 16 Hours From LAX to JFK

Passengers forced to take bus for last two hours

(Newser) - Flights don’t get much worse than Virgin America Flight 404, which took 16 long hours to get from LAX to JFK. The plane was supposed to land in New York at 3:30pm, but high winds forced it to circle for hours. Finally it landed in Newburgh, 90 miles... More »

'Vindictive' Documentary on Kennedys Ignites Furor

Right-winger's History Channel biopic blamed JFK for Berlin Wall

(Newser) - A History Channel miniseries on the Kennedy family that won't be aired for nearly a year has already raised the ire of Kennedy historians and liberal critics who call the series' script a historically inaccurate hatchet job that portrays the JFK presidency salaciously. The Kennedys is being produced by Joel... More »

Stone Rips JFK Assassination 'Fairy Tale'

People in power are in denial, director charges

(Newser) - Film director cum pot-stirring historian Oliver Stone has blasted the official version of JFK's assassination as a "national fairy tale." To this day, "many key Americans in power are in total denial about this story," Stone told a group of students in Thailand. "They don't... More »

TMZ's JFK Pic a Hoax

Photo from Playboy, 'Kennedy' a model

(Newser) - A photo touted by TMZ as a candid snapshot of John Kennedy partying on a boat with topless women has been revealed as a fake. The photo is plenty real—it appears in a 1967 Playboy spread alongside a story entitled "Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball... More »

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