John F. Kennedy

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Kennedy's Love Letters to Another Woman Up for Sale

Then-senator had relationship with Swedish aristocrat in the 1950s

(Newser) - Love letters written by Massachusetts Sen. John F. Kennedy to Gunilla von Post, a Swedish aristocrat he had an affair with in the 1950s, are going up for auction. RR Auction in Boston expects the collection of one full letter and two partial ones to bring more than $30,000,...

JFK's Harvard Sweater Has a New Owner

Presidential items auctioned ran from Washington to Biden

(Newser) - 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...

Camelot Fades With Loss of Last Kennedy Sibling

The family's mystique remains, scholar says

(Newser) - Camelot's inner circle is just about gone—though its spirit, some say, is very much alive. Wednesday's death of Jean Kennedy Smith, former US ambassador to Ireland and the last surviving sibling of President John F. Kennedy, virtually erases those who were closest to the assassinated 35th president,...

Bob Dylan Releases Surprise New Song

The 'dizzying' 'Murder Most Foul' delves into JFK's assassination ... and more

(Newser) - If you're looking for new music to listen to this weekend, as well as a walk down memory lane, Bob Dylan just hooked you up with an "absolutely mind-blowing" 17-minute song about JFK's assassination and ... much more. "This is an unreleased song we recorded a while...

How JFK Engineered His Own Pulitzer
JFK's Pulitzer
May Say a Lot
About His
Character
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JFK's Pulitzer May Say a Lot About His Character

But not in a flattering way, according to a new book

(Newser) - It's common knowledge these days that John F. Kennedy wasn't the primary author of the book for which he won the 1957 Pulitzer in biography, Profiles in Courage. Instead, the young senator's speechwriter, Ted Sorensen, wrote it almost in entirety, with minor contributions from Kennedy, writes Craig...

JFK to Girl Afraid for Santa: 'I Talked With Him... He is Fine'

The former president told a girl during the Cold War that Russian nukes won't harm St. Nick

(Newser) - A little girl who feared for the safety of Santa Claus amid reports of Russian nuclear testing in the North Pole voiced her concern all the way to President Kennedy in 1961 and, astonishingly, got a personal response that would make her a viral sensation of her day. Per The...

In Presidential Rankings, There's a New No. 1

Nearly half of all Americans say No. 44 was best president of their lives in Pew survey

(Newser) - Ask Americans who the best president has been in their lifetimes, and one man ranks significantly above all others—though he didn't always. Barack Obama won the top spot in the Pew Research Center survey, based on phone interviews with 2,000 US adults during the week of June...

JFK Was Felled by a Bullet, but His Bad Back Didn't Help
JFK Had Intense Back Pain.
It May Have Helped Kill Him
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JFK Had Intense Back Pain. It May Have Helped Kill Him

Experts point out his stiff back brace may have kept him from bending to avoid fatal bullet

(Newser) - Per the currently accepted narrative, the first bullet to hit John F. Kennedy on Nov. 22, 1963, wasn't the one that fatally injured him. It was Lee Harvey Oswald's second shot to the head that ended the president's life, and some are now saying a medical problem...

JFK Document Dump Includes FBI File on Martin Luther King

They called the civil rights leader a communist and the group he founded a 'tax dodge'

(Newser) - In response to Donald Trump's order to release documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy, on Friday the government made public an FBI file on Martin Luther King from March 1968, four-and-a-half years after Kennedy was shot. The document doesn't paint a flattering portrait of the...

New JFK Files Contain Explosive MLK Allegations

Files also state Oswald had no CIA connections

(Newser) - The government released 676 documents it said were related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy Friday—including a 20-page FBI file on Martin Luther King, Jr. The file, dated less than a month before the civil rights leader's April, 1968 assassination, claims King had close ties to the...

FBI: All JFK Files OK for Release, With a Small Catch

There will be some redactions to protect certain individuals who may be at risk, bureau says

(Newser) - The FBI said Monday that all of its previously withheld files on the John F. Kennedy assassination have been authorized for release, with limited redactions to protect the identities of individuals who helped investigators probing his death. By law, all government documents related to the assassination were to be released...

JFK Files Describe Mysterious Call 25 Minutes Before Assassination

Other new details include a seashell bomb plot

(Newser) - A trove of thousands of previously classified documents relating to the assassination of John F. Kennedy was released by President Trump Thursday evening , just in time to comply with the 25-year deadline a 1992 law put into place. Multiple news outlets have been poring over the 2,800 documents, which...

'Intensified' Pressure on Trump to Withhold Some JFK Files

Thursday is the day set in law 25 years ago for the disclosure of remaining hidden documents

(Newser) - President Trump is playing it coy on what people will see from long-secret JFK assassination-era files and didn't tip his hand on the eve of the release. "The long anticipated release of the #JFKFiles will take place tomorrow," was all he said in a tweet . "So...

What to Expect With Release of Final JFK Documents
New JFK Records May Explain
Oswald's 'Raleigh Call'
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New JFK Records May Explain Oswald's 'Raleigh Call'

But historians generally don't expect to see any smoking guns emerge in final document release

(Newser) - On Thursday, the US is expected to make public the last sealed government documents related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. President Trump has the authority to block the move, but he has tweeted that he (probably) won't do so. Historians and armchair sleuths generally don't expect...

Scholars Await Trump Decision on Secret JFK Files

National Archives will release them next month, unless president intervenes

(Newser) - The anticipated release of thousands of never-before-seen government documents related to John F. Kennedy's assassination has scholars and armchair detectives buzzing. Now, they're waiting to see whether President Trump will block the release of files that could shed light on a tragedy that has stirred conspiracy theories for...

JFK's Granddaughter Gets Married
JFK's Granddaughter
Gets Married

JFK's Granddaughter Gets Married

Tatiana Schlossberg, middle kid of Caroline Kennedy, marries fellow Yale alum George Moran

(Newser) - If the name Tatiana Schlossberg doesn't ring a bell, the New York Times spells out why some might care about her wedding bells: She's "the granddaughter of President John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis," and the first of Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg's three children to...

CIA Files on JFK Assassination Call Out Mexican Woman

Politico takes a look at what's been newly released so far

(Newser) - Late last month, the National Archives began to release thousands of documents related to John F. Kennedy's assassination that had been kept secret for decades. The JFK Assassination Records Collection Act of 1992 mandated the files be released 25 years later (though there's one loophole ), and as...

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

Kennedy celebrated his 46th year in epic fashion

(Newser) - 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...

Earliest JFK Recording Hints at What Was to Come

Harvard releases short speech from a class in 1937

(Newser) - John F. Kennedy the president may have had a Boston accent, but John F. Kennedy the student had an even thicker one. Harvard has a released a 1937 recording of Kennedy as a 20-year-old in a public-speaking class, and the 90-second clip is believed to be the earliest recording of...

Trump Has Big Decision to Make on Secret JFK Files

3.6K government files will be released unless he intervenes

(Newser) - A happy day for historians and conspiracy theorists could be right around the corner. A 1992 law mandated that all materials related to President John F. Kennedy's assassination be maintained in a single collection—and that those documents that had been kept secret be released 25 years later. That...

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