Tuesday, November 26, 2013

One More JFK Post

As I was trying to avoid being overdosed on JFK nostalgia last week, I realized one of the reasons why this still stands out like it does is a simple one. JFK is the most recent President to have died in office. But the trivia note on that is more interesting than it might seem.

Between 1840 and 1963 every President that was elected in the decade beginning years (1840, 1860, 1880, 1900, 1920, 1940, 1960) died in office. EVERY ONE.

Since then, no President has died while in office. Reagan would probably have died in an earlier time from the assassination attempt on his life, but he lived. We have gone 50 years, then, with nary a death in office.

Add that to all the other Kennedy mystique and it is really no wonder everyone felt it necessary to over tell the story from way to many angles.

Now we have to wait until 2018 for the 50th anniversary of the deaths of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy.

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