If it wasn’t for the legacy of one of the most beloved U.S. Presidents, John F. Kennedy, we wouldn’t know much about the lives of his family members.
Indeed, the Kennedy lineage has stood the test of time. Many of them hold prominent positions in American politics, and their children continue to follow that path. However, that’s not the only thing this family has in common. There’s an uncanny resemblance between many of the Kennedys. And I mean many!
Here are six images that prove the Kennedy genes are mighty powerful.
Like father, like son! The lawyer, journalist, and magazine publisher may not have followed the same career path as his father, but his life has been a major success so far. What’s amazing about this duo is that they look so similar to each other. It’s natural for a son to look like their father, but to be an exact replica is another thing!
We knew this one would have been obvious, but how about some of the other family members?
For a generation of Americans, the death of our 35th president was the ultimate “Where were you?” moment.
History changed in the blink of an eye on November 22, 1963, when an ordinary day became a milestone our country would never forget.
President Kennedy’s final trip to Texas had begun the day before in San Antonio. Kennedy, Vice President Lyndon Johnson, and Texas Governor John Connally were touring the state to raise goodwill for the president’s reelection run in 1964.
Unexpectedly, the Texas crowds were warm and welcoming, with people lined up across the state to welcome the president and the First Lady.
The president’s route through Dallas had been planned and publicized days in advance. While police were on edge, the president stopped the motorcade twice, to shake hands with groups of nuns and schoolchildren.
The United States of America has never had a monarchy. Once the Declaration of Independence was delivered to King George, the U.S. decided that no royal family would ever represent them, ever again. And that has remained the status quo ever since, well, unless of course you include the Kennedy family. Though, they are not actual royalty, they have long been considered America’s unofficial “royal” family.
There has always been a mystique surrounding them, as people clamored to soak up every aspect of the lives of this American family. When JFK was the president, people everywhere loved him, flocking to every event he was speaking at, and hanging off of his every word. And when he was publicly assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald, the country mourned as one.
As popular as the Kennedys are with the American people, they have tried to stay out of the headlines these last couple of decades. It seems that every time we hear about a Kennedy family member in the media, it is because another tragedy has befallen a member of their bloodline.
Four members of their family have died tragically before their time, and others have gone through awful experiences. There are also a lot of secrets in the Kennedy family closet, questions that that have gone unanswered (and sometimes unasked) for several decades.
The leaders of the free world are known for their strength, diligence, charisma, and their intellectual capacity. However, their artistic ability is rarely spoken about.
That may change fairly soon, as an art auction show will be featuring pieces from both of the these presidents alongside one another. Their original pieces will be displayed and sold at Heritage Auctions’ Americana & Political Memorabilia auction.
The first comes from President Trump, however it was created before he was elected to the Oval Office. Trump donated the piece to a charity in 2005, and though it is merely a doodle, it is expected to fetch at least $15,000 at the event. It actually looks quite good.
The piece was drawn over a decade ago and featured the New York City skyline alongside the Hudson river, complete with the city’s iconic yellow cabs, pedestrians, and even some trees in a tender reflection of the city he was born in.
However, it is believed that even with the high estimated value, the work of former president John F. Kennedy will sell for many times more than the amount Trump’s piece will get.
Stepping out with Caroline Kennedy on his arm at the 2017 Met Gala, you will be forced to do a double-take until you figured out who he was. No you have not gone back in time, the family genes are just that strong.
Caroline Kennedy is the daughter of late U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.
Her father was assassinated just short of her sixth birthday, and her mother took her and her brother to settle in the Upper East Side of Manhattan.
She is the only surviving child of the couple, ever since her brother John Jr., passed away in a plane crash in 1999.
She met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg when she worked at the Manhattan’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. The couple was married in 1986 and have three children together, two girls and a boy.
None other than her youngest child, John Bouvier Kennedy Schlossberg, also known as Jack, the only grandson of JFK and Jackie O, escorted his mother to the prestigious event.
The 24-year-old Yale grad is turning heads for more than just his looks.
Truth is stranger than fiction is an overused cliche, there is no denying that. In this case I am going to let it slide because some of these stories are so unbelievably strange that you would have to think of them as urban legends, they’re not though, they are true.
There are several eerie similarities between these two presidential assassinations, even though they took place over 100 years apart. Seriously, we can’t make this stuff up.
1. Both JFK and Lincoln were shot in the back of the head, on the Friday before a major national holiday, and both were sitting next to their wives.
2. Both had Vice-Presidents with the last name Johnson: Andrew born in 1808 and Lyndon born in 1908. Both Johnsons’ had two daughters.
3. Both assassins had three names for combined total of 15 letters a piece.
4. John Wilkes Booth shot Lincoln in a theater and fled to a warehouse. Lee Havey Oswald shot Lincoln from a warehouse and fled to a theater.
We aren’t grasping at straws here, this is some strange stuff.
Tsutomu Yamaguchi was in Hiroshima on a business trip when the U.S. dropped the first bomb, he suffered fairly severe burns but was able to return home to Nagasaki. Days later the U.S. dropped the second bomb and he managed to survive that as well.
Talk about having a bad week.
in 1898, Morgan Robertson published his novella Futility, or the Wreck of the Titan. The premise of the story, a ship named Titan strikes an iceberg and sinks in the Atlantic Ocean. Sound familiar? 14 years later the Titanic was sunk in the Atlantic Ocean after striking an iceberg. The weirdest part, in both the actual sinking of the Titanic, and in the novel, both ships were carrying the legal minimum number of lifeboats because both were said to be “un-sinkable”.
After more than five decades, the last classified documents about President John F. Kennedy’s assassination will finally be revealed to the public.
Since that fateful day in November of 1963, Kennedy’s name has been linked more with his untimely death than any of his political accomplishments. Just 46 when he was killed, Kennedy’s assassination sent America into mourning, and also left us with unanswered questions.
Rumors, mysteries and conspiracy theories about the president’s death became so common that in 1992 President George H.W. Bush passed a law requiring that all information about the Kennedy killing be released by October 26, 2017. With the deadline fast approaching, conspiracy theorists are anxious to learn what secrets have been kept from the public for more than 50 years.
While 99% of the documents related to the Kennedy assassination have already been revealed to the public, as many as 113,000 never-before-seendocuments are expected to be released when the deadline expires.
Subject to the receipt of further information, I will be allowing, as President, the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.
While President Donald Trump gets final say on whether or not the papers see the light of day, he’s only supposed to keep them classified if they will cause “identifiable harm” to our nation’s military or defense by being released. Trump has also tweeted that he will allow “the long blocked and classified JFK FILES to be opened.”
And conspiracy theorists hope the new information will shine a light on the “missing link” of the Kennedy assassination…
The first official investigation into President Kennedy’s death, the Warren Report, found that the shooter Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and that there was no sign of any larger conspiracy.
But soon after the 900-page report was released, amateur detectives started poking holes in it. Even the Church Committee, an official Congressional committee, concluded that Oswald was part of a larger conspiracy. By 2003, more than 70% of people told ABC news that they didn’t believe Oswald had acted alone.
Oswald did seem like an obvious suspect: he was a former U.S. Marine nicknamed “Oswaldovitch” by his friends for his Communist beliefs. Oswald had even tried to immigrate to Soviet Russia, but returned to America in 1962 when his application was rejected. But the alleged shooter always insisted he was “a patsy,” and that someone else was to blame for Kennedy’s death.
To make things more complicated, eyewitnesses reported seeing gunshots from other locations in Dealey Plaza, including the now-infamous “Grassy Knoll.” The most important piece of physical evidence, President Kennedy’s brain, also went missing during his autopsy.
If the new documents can shine any light on the mystery of Oswald’s involvement in the shooting, it may be by revealing details about his trip to Mexico City. Oswald visited Mexico just two months before the shooting, and had meetings in Cuba and Soviet Russia’s embassies there.
Oswald claimed he was trying to apply for visas to travel to the Communist countries, but some believe he was convinced to take part in the assassination during his trip to Mexico. The last release of documents included an account from a Russian spy who denied that Oswald was working for the Soviets, but we don’t know much about his trip to the Cuban embassy.
Historians, former spies and other experts have their own theories about what the documents will say…
While conspiracy theorists are holding out for a connection between Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the shooting, most experts aren’t as hopeful.
“Oswald did it alone,” says Gerald Posner, who wrote the book Case Closed about the Kennedy assassination. “But what the files are doing and why they’re important to come out is they fill in the history of the case and show us how the FBI and CIA repeatedly hid the evidence.” That may explain why CIA director Mike Pompeo asked for the documents to stay closed.
“There may be people who were informing to the CIA at the time who have moved on to careers in politics and business, and the revelation that they were informing will be embarrassing to them,” Posner explains. And other U.S. spy projects in Cuba or Latin America could be revealed in the documents.
Ironically, the documents might also shed light on the U.S. government’s attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. Investigating the CIA’s own conspiracy theories, the Church Committee found the agency had attempted to kill Catro eight times between 1960 and 1965.
Cuban counterintelligence says the number of attempts was actually much higher, and details may be revealed in the final documents.
Less controversially, the new release will give the public their first glimpse at Jackie Kennedy’s handwritten notes about her husband’s death, and her plans for his funeral.
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You probably remember Dorothy Kilgallen from the show What’s my Line?. No, it’s not an early version of Whose Line Is It Anyway?. This show was a long-running panel game show where celebrities would ask a contestant questions so they could guess his or her line of work.
The night before she was murdered, Kilgallen appeared on the show and correctly guessed the occupation of a mystery guess. It’s these keen investigative skills that most likely got her killed.
Dorothy Kilgallen was an investigative reporter, who had been working for 18 months on gathering information on the JFK assassination.
“I’m going to break the real story and have the biggest scoop of the century,” she told her lawyer.
Kilgallen and Kennedy were close friends, so when he died she took it very personally.
“The American people have just lost a beloved president,” she wrote in her column. “It’s a dark chapter in our history, but we have the right to read every word of it.”
Kilgallen was killed just two weeks before a meeting with a secret informant, referring to the gathering as “very cloak and daggerish.” The journalist always believed that theories of Lee Harvey Oswald acting alone were “laughable.” She kept digging, pissing off then-FBI director J. Edgar Hoover when she obtained and published the testimony of Jack Ruby, who shot Oswald at Dallas police headquarters. Kilgallen never released her source, saying “I’d rather die than reveal the source.”
“If the wrong people knew what I know about the JFK assassination, it would cost me my life,” Kilgallen said to a close friend.
When historian Robert Dallek stumbled onto the name “Mimi Beardsley” in a set of declassified documents, he had no idea what kind of explosive secret he had just unearthed.
Beardsley (now Alford) was a 19-year-old student from the prestigious Wheaton College when she applied for a summer internship in the White House press office. She had only been on the job for four days when she caught then-President John F. Kennedy’s eye.
Kennedy was a notorious womanizer, and their were even rumors that he cheated on his wife Jacqueline with the movie star Marilyn Monroe, but details of his ongoing affair with Mimi Alford stayed secret for almost 50 years. After historians finally uncovered it, she broke her silence in a tell-all memoir: Once Upon a Secret: My Affair With President John F. Kennedy and Its Aftermath.
In the book, Alford describes her first meeting with Kennedy. She was invited to attend a pool party with a pair of her female colleagues by a White House staffer. They had no idea what was up until the President arrived at the pool, asked “Mind if I join you?” and came back minutes later in a swimsuit.
“He was remarkably fit — flat stomach, toned arms — for a forty-five year old man,” Alford remembers. Later that day the president invited her for another special meeting, upstairs in the White House’s private apartments.