On JFK's 100th Birthday, Remembering His Final One

Kennedy celebrated his 46th year in epic fashion
By Gina Carey,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2017 2:32 PM CDT
On JFK's 100th Birthday, Remembering His Final One
In this Jan. 20, 1961 file photo, President John F. Kennedy and first lady Jacqueline Kennedy are seated as they attend one of five inaugural balls in Washington, DC.    (AP Photo, File)

One can only imagine how John F. Kennedy, who would have turned 100 Monday, would celebrate his centennial year on the planet. But if his final birthday bash in 1963 is any indication, it would surely be going down in style. JFK partied down aboard a 104-foot yacht with a glamorous but intimate group of family and friends, reports the Washington Post, in an opulent 46th birthday bash. The president spent the evening pursuing one of his romantic interests, dining on French cuisine, and toasting bottles of Dom Pérignon. More on Kennedy’s birthday anniversary:

  • Where to celebrate. Boston's John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum as well as other institutions across the country are marking his centennial birthday anniversary with a number of celebrations. Unable to make it to events? The museum is hosting an interactive card exhibit for well-wishers to leave birthday messages, and will post some of the responses online.
  • Famous birthday serenade. No other rendition of Happy Birthday to You has been remembered like Marilyn Monroe’s sultry serenade to the president at a 1962 celebration of his 45th year. Watch the performance, which Monroe followed up with a personalized version of Thanks for the Memory.
  • 25 fascinating facts. Did you know that JFK won a Pulitzer? Or that he was the only president ever awarded a purple heart? This Mental Floss piece is full of amazing details about Kennedy. Read up and you’ll know why he wished James Bond was on his staff.
  • More trivia. To further master your obscure Kennedy knowledge, check out WaPo’s quest to discover how many public schools are named after the president and how he measures up against other popular politicians. And Time has more on the personal side of Kennedy in a gallery and rundown of his presidential museum’s special exhibit, JFK 100: Milestones & Mementos, which includes childhood crayon drawings and navy memorabilia.
  • Russia conspiracy. Long before Trump’s Russia troubles, rumors of JFK’s clandestine Russia ties were the stuff of legend in a post-McCarthy world. Slate has the scoop on the alleged secret meetings and back-channel methods the Kennedys used to deal with Russia during a tumultuous time to have any ties to communism.
  • Trump & Kennedy. Russian intrigue isn’t the only thing POTUS 35 and 45 have in common. From domineering rich dads to knowing how to work television media, there are more similarities than you may think. Newsweek measures up how the two presidents compare.
  • Unsealing JFK's files. This year President Trump will make the decision whether to unseal classified FBI files on JFK's assassination. Conspiracy theories about Kennedy's death abounded following Oliver Stone's 1991 film, JFK, reports the Independent, and Trump offered one of his own during the 2016 presidential campaign.
(More John F. Kennedy stories.)

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