- In: Culture
- Published on 19 September 2012
- By James
I don't have any political feeling towards John F. Kennedy one way or another. His shortened presidency was obviously before my time. I should note that my grandfather was part of the horribly botched Bay of Pigs Invasion and once told me that he felt nothing when Kennedy was assassinated because he watched so many cubans get murdered on their beach and could do nothing about it. What I will say though is that the "innocence" of small-town American life died forever the day Kennedy was murdered on the streets of Dallas. These photographs shot by Life Magazine the year before, in 1962, showcase the night that Marilyn Monroe sung her very famous rendition of Happy Birthday to President Kennedy at the President's birthday gala. Most never made it into the magazine. Check them out. The first shot is of on of my favorite women in history, Ella Fitzgerald!
[Special thanks to the Life Magazine Archives]