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JFK’s Children: John’s Birthday on his Father’s Burial Day & How Caroline Was Told JFK was Gone

The absence of their mother during the shocking aftermath of their father’s murder had led to several hours of uncertainty about who should first break the news to Caroline Kennedy and John Kennedy, Jr. and how it should be explained…. Read More ›

The “Lost Girls” Ghosts of a President & First Lady Who Affected Presidential Policy

November first, the day after Halloween, is the religious All Souls Day in the Catholic faith. In the Mexican culture, it has usually been marked with iconography of skeletons and other unearthly representations of dead family members as the centerpiece… Read More ›

Ike’s Mid-Century Cold War Show & High Visibility Veep: The 1957 Sunday Inauguration, Part 6

It was precise and orderly, with a sense of Cold War automatism. It was modern and moved along smoothly. It was the Mid-Century version of the Sunday Second Inauguration and it started and ended without a glitch. In fact, from… Read More ›

A Day With No President & Lincoln’s Lost Coat: Zach Taylor’s 1849 Sunday Inauguration, Part 3

When Warren G. Harding was a candidate for the highest office in the land, his manager Harry Daugherty enthused that Harding might win simply because “he sure looks like a President!” Nobody ever said that about Zachary Taylor. In fact,… Read More ›

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