Today marks the 99th birthday of President John F. Kennedy, born May 29, 1917. Pictured here with his wife Jacqueline Kennedy during his inaugural Ball in 1961. (Paul Schutzer—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) #LIFElegends #JFK #HBD
In 1961, a little girl wrote a letter to JFK asking if Santa Claus was okay during the Soviet’s nuclear testing at the North Pole. Kennedy wrote back to her saying that he spoke with Santa and that he’s okay.
New shocking claims that JFK was ‘murdered by CIA’ days after demanding the release of top-secret UFO files from the CIA,.
The claim was made after US presidential Democratic candidate Hilary Clinton vowed to get to the bottom of an alleged UFO cover up high within the government. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton doesn’t know it yet, but she does not have the power to release such information. The CIA would kill her before she could, just like they did JFK.
Just a week before his death JFK wrote a memo to CIA to release all pertinent info, but somehow he was killed before it ever happened. The memo is now a confirmed declassified document released by the CIA. JFK wrote the memo to CIA on Nov 12, 1963, then on Nov 22, 1963 he was killed.
The memo asked for a breakdown of identified and unidentified sightings the CIA was aware of. JFK wrote: “It would be very helpful if you would have the high threat cases reviewed with the purpose of identification of bona fide as opposed to classified CIA and USAF sources. "It is important that we make a clear distinction between the knowns and unknowns" "I would like you to arrange a program of data sharing where unknowns are a factor.”
“When you’re President of the United States, you don’t make many new friends, and I’m not giving up the old.”
This week, we’re sharing stories of #LGBTQ history in our holdings. On Saturday, join us online for our second National Conversation, held in Chicago, on LGBTQ human and civil rights: http://bit.ly/1UB5sCs
John F. Kennedy met Kirk LeMoyne “Lem” Billings at Choate prep school in 1933. They started the ‘Muckers Club’ to organize Choate’s pranksters, and were almost expelled when the headmaster heard about the Muckers’ plans to treat the school gym to a pile of horse manure. JFK also learned that Lem was gay shortly after they met.
In 1937, JFK and Lem travelled to Europe together. Possibly most adorable part of their European adventure was their adoption of Dunker, a dachshund puppy they met near Nuremburg.
In the 1940s, JFK enlisted in the Navy and Lem joined the Naval Reserve; they kept up their friendship through letters.
The two stayed friends throughout JFK’s rise to the Presidency, a risky decision. In the 1960s, gay Americans faced institutionalized discrimination, especially in government and politics, and this could spell the end of civil service for gay individuals and people associated with them.
As his political career progressed, JFK continued to rely on Lem’s help and friendship. As JFK put it: “When you’re President of the United States, you don’t make many new friends, and I’m not giving up the old.”
JFK’S main funeral honor Guard were all Irish soldiers flown to the United States at the request of Jacqueline Kennedy who stated that JFK had been enthralled and impressed by how the Irish military honored their dead on his visit to Ireland.