Editor’s note: Donald Stewart retired in 2003 as community development director for the city of Thief River Falls. He served in the Peace Corps, living in Morocco in 1963 and 1964, as part of the first contingent of volunteers in the organization inspired by President John F. Kennedy.
In a Dallas college classroom about six miles from where John F. Kennedy was gunned down half a century ago, members of the millennial generation have been learning why the assassination was a life-altering moment for so many in the baby-boom generation.
The nation will pause and reflect on Nov. 22, the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Most Americans who were alive on Nov. 22, 1963, remember exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news. For many, that event had a major impact on their lives.
The world stood at the brink of Armageddon for 13 days in October 1962 when President John F. Kennedy drew a symbolic line in the Atlantic and warned of dire consequences if Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev dared to cross it.
Speaking to a suburban Detroit chamber of commerce, Santorum said the interpretation of the Constitution's freedom of religion provision has been "turned on its head," and offered his own. "I'm for separation of church and state: The state has no business telling the church what do to," the former Pennsylvania senator said.
Consider James K. Polk. Not many people do. The 11th president served from 1845 to 1849, kept his promise to serve one term and then died of cholera three months after leaving office. On the second-to-last day of his term, he signed the act creating the Minnesota Territory, and for that, he got his name on one of the state’s 87 counties.
Outed in a 2003 biography and a New York newspaper account, Mimi Alford has learned to tell her story and not be ashamed of it — from the moment she said President John F. Kennedy seduced her on her fourth day working at the White House until the affair ended shortly before his death.
VIDEO: Watch at bottom of article. The tapes include discussions of conflict in Vietnam, Soviet relations and the race to space, plans for the 1964 Democratic Convention and re-election strategy. There also are moments with John F. Kennedy's children.
R. Sargent Shriver, who fulfilled his brother-in-law John F. Kennedy's campaign promise by starting the Peace Corps, developed the aid organization into an international force. He also was George McGovern's running mate in the 1972 Democratic Party's bid for the presidency. Philanthropists and politicians who have worked to help others through charities were among hundreds honoring Shriver at a funeral Mass at Our Lady of Mercy Parish, the Shriver family's church in Potomac, Md.
Last Wednesday night, the John F. Kennedy Library marked the 50th anniversary of one of the most significant elections in American history — the West Virginia Democratic primary of May 10, 1960, between Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey.
Obama greeted jazz great Dave Brubeck at the White House on the musician's 89th birthday Sunday. The musician was lauded with the Kennedy Center Honors, along with rocker Bruce Springsteen, actor Robert De Niro, comic genius Mel Brooks and opera singer Grace Bumbry.
A bitter dispute over abortion that prompted Rhode Island's Roman Catholic bishop to ask Rep. Patrick Kennedy not to receive Holy Communion has revealed the depth of the divide among Catholics over how politicians should reconcile their faith with their public duties.
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