Friday, November 22

Linkin' Kennedy

Fifty years ago today, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.


Momma was not born yet since Grandmomma was about six weeks pregnant with her. She has told Momma she was napping on the sofa and heard the news and thought she was dreaming....

Over the years many people have commented upon some of the similarities between Abraham Lincoln and Kennedy's assassinations. Here are a few, but I have eliminated those that are false.
 
  • Both presidents were elected to the House of Representatives in '46.
  • Both presidents were elected to the presidency in '60.
  • Lincoln defeated incumbent Vice President John C. Breckenridge for the presidency in 1860; Kennedy defeated incumbent Vice President Richard M. Nixon for the presidency in 1960.
  • Both their predecessors left office in their 70s and retired to Pennsylvania. James Buchanan, whom Lincoln succeeded, retired to Lancaster Township; Dwight D. Eisenhower, whom Kennedy succeeded, retired to Gettysburg.
  • Both their Vice Presidents and successors were Southern Democrats named Johnson (Andrew Johnson and Lyndon Johnson) who were born in '08.
  • Both presidents were concerned with the problems of African Americans and made their views strongly known in '63. Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1862, which became law in 1863. In 1963, Kennedy presented his reports to Congress on Civil Rights, and the same year was the famous March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.
  • Both presidents were shot in the head.
  • Both presidents were shot on a Friday in the presence of their wives.
  • Both presidents were accompanied by another couple.
  • The male companion of the other couple was wounded by the assassin.
  • Both presidents had a son die during their presidency.
  • Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth at Ford's Theatre; Kennedy was shot by Lee Harvey Oswald in a Lincoln automobile, made by Ford.
  • Both presidents' last names have seven letters.
  • Both presidents have five syllables in their full name (which counts Kennedy's middle initial).
  • There are six letters in each Johnson's first name.
  • Both Johnsons were succeeded as President in '69 by Republicans whose mothers were named Hannah.
  • Both assassins died in the same month as their victim in a state adjacent to the state of their birth.

Rest in Peace, JFK.


2 comments:

  1. That is a very interesting list. Thank you for eliminating the false ones.

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