June 8, 1961
SALINGER SAYS JFK HAS A BACK ACHE
White House Press Secretary Pierre Salinger announced today that President John F. Kennedy is suffering from a bad back.
JFK, who has a history of back problems including surgeries in 1955, strained his back last month during a tree planting ceremony in Canada.
Today the President left Washington for a 3 day recuperation in Palm Beach, Florida.
Dr. Janet Travell has prescribed novacaine shots for JFK as well as the recommendation that he take swims in a warm pool.*
*JFK was never without back pain. He sometimes used a surgical back brace to support his back & also had numerous rocking chairs in the White House & at other locations.
JFK in Rocker in the Oval Office
June 8, 1968
REQUIEM MASS CELEBRATED FOR BOBBY
A requiem mass was celebrated today for Senator Robert F. Kennedy at St. Francis Xavier Church.
The mass followed the viewing of RFK’s closed flag-draped, casket by more than 100,000 mourners.
About 2000 people attended the mass including President Lyndon B. Johnson, Vice-President Hubert H. Humphrey, Richard M. Nixon & Nelson A. Rockefeller.
Richard Cardinal Cushing, the priest who gave JFK’s mass in 1963, conducted the service.
Entertainer & RFK friend Andy Williams sang “The Battle Hymn of the Republic”.
Perhaps the most moving moment of the mass came when Senator Edward “Ted” Kennedy spoke these words about his brother:
“My brother need not be idealized….but be remembered…. as a good & decent man, who saw wrong & tried to right it, saw war & tried to stop it.
Those of us who loved him & who take him to his rest today pray that what he was to us & what he wished for others will someday come to pass for all the world.
As he said many times….to those he touched & who sought to touch him….’Some men see things as they are & say why? I dream things that never were & say why not?'”
RFK Casket at St. Francis Xavier Church
June 8, 1968
RFK LAID TO REST NEAR JFK AT ARLINGTON
Senator Robert Francis Kennedy was laid to rest this evening in a grave just 30 yards from JFK’s.
The graveside service was held at 9 p.m. making it the 1st night time burial in the history of Arlington National Cemetery.
The reason for the late service was due to the long, slow funeral train that bore RFK’s body from New York to Arlington.
Millions of people lined the train route to pay silent tribute to the fallen Senator.*
*The RFK grave will be marked by a single white cross.
Gravesite of Robert Francis Kennedy
Arlington National Cemetery
June 8, 1968
JAMES EARL RAY ARRESTED IN LONDON
The accused killer of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Earl Ray, was arrested today at Heathrow Airport in London.
Ray was arrested by investigators from Scotland Yard as he was in the process of attempting to catch a flight to Belgium.*
*Ray was extradited to the United States to stand trial.
June 8, 1937
KATHLEEN KENNEDY GRADUATES
The daughter of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., Kathleen, graduated today from the Convent of the School of the Sacred Heart in Manhattan, New York.
Kathleen Kennedy, nicknamed “Kick”, is 17 years old.
Convent of the Sacred Heart
Photo by Americasroot (2009)
June 8, 1935
JFK GRADUATES FROM CHOATE
The son of Mr. & Mrs. Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., John F. Kennedy, graduated from Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut today.
The young Mr. Kennedy, who is 18 years old, was voted “most likely to succeed” by his classmates.*
*Many sources claim that JFK “rigged” the election.
The Choate School
June 8, 1861
TENNESSEE VOTES TO SECEED FROM THE UNION
The Volunteer State of Tennessee today held its second vote this year on the issue of secession. The 1st vote held in February, before the attack on Fort Sumter, resulted a slim majority voting to stay in the union.
In today’s vote, Tennessee seceeds from the union by a vote of 108,418 FOR secession & 46, 996 OPPOSED.
Most counties of middle & west Tennessee voted to seceed while most counties of east Tennessee voted to stay.
Slavery nor abolition have much support in the mountainous region of east Tennessee.
Fiery pro-union newspaper editor William Parson Brownlow of the Knoxville Whig describes secession as a “Hell-born monster.”
The Knoxville Whig
*Tennessee will be the last of 11 Southern states to join the Confederacy. The Volunteer State will see more Civil War battles fought within its borders than any other state save Virginia.
Source: “A Reluctant Region” by Jim Balloch, The Knoxville News-Sentinel, 6-5-2011
Personal Note: My ancestors in Knox County, Tennessee were “Unionists”.
My grandmother, Maude Newman White, told me the story about my great great grandfather, Alexander White, who went out to the well to get water but didn’t return.
The family went out on a search & found him the next morning tied to a tree. Pro-Confederates had taken him captive.
Since it was the dead of winter, he got frostbite & his feet had to be amputated.
Alexander White died at the age of 90 in 1890 & is buried in the New Hopewell Church Cemetery in South Knox County.