From his decorated war service to his infamous womanizing to his gifted oratory, John F. Kennedy was the world’s first made-for-television politician and statesman superstar. Today marks the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination in Dallas in 1963, when he was serving as the 35th President of the United States. In the gallery below, we look at fascinating photographs of John F. Kennedy across the span of his life:List View
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While American forces fought Axis forces across the globe, America was also consumed with winning the war at home during World War 2. With Japanese-Americans sent to internment camps and intelligence agencies maintaining surveillance German-Americans (and not to mention concern about organized labor), America was in a hyper-vigilant state about internal security. Part of this effort took involved domestic propaganda, like this ‘Appreciate America’ poster series distributed from 1942 to 1945:List View
All ‘Appreciate America’ images via imgur.
In 1967, Kathrine Switzer took to Boston only to do what she loved, and something that was otherwise a relatively uncontroversial pastime for many: running. The difference on this day, however, was that Switzer would be participating in her first Boston Marathon, and as men viewed women far too “fragile” to complete the 26-mile race, that was a feat a woman had never accomplished before.
Undeterred by myth, Switzer’s ambitions were met with aggression early-on in the race. Manhandled by the race manager (seen above trying to pull off Switzer’s numbers), demonized by her then-boyfriend for ruining his sports career, and antagonized by the press with asinine questions like “What are you trying to prove?”, Switzer ran to cross more than a finish line that day; she ran to achieve equal rights for women in sports and to silence the squawks of those whose anachronistic views on a woman’s physical abilities had kept countless capable women out of athletics for centuries. Said Switzer to her running-mate and coach Arnie Briggs following the race manager debacle, “I have to finish this race. Even on my hands and knees. If I don’t finish, people will say women can’t do it, and they will say I was just doing it for the publicity or something.”
She did finish the race. And at this year’s marathon, nearly 70% of the 11,606 female runners followed in Switzer’s footsteps.
While the late 1960s are often associated with the cultural shift spurred by the cities of California, New York City was undergoing it’s own significant and rapid transformation. With Greenwich Village becoming the hippie enclave of the east coast and New York experiencing an accelerated white flight, the demographics and make-up of the city quickly changed. Below, we take a fascinating look at the summer of 1969 in New York:List View
Bonus Video Montage Of 1969 In New York
All images above from Life Magazine – Summer in the City: Revisiting the Ultra-Cool ‘New York Look’ of 1969.
In the thick of the civil rights movement, Virginia newspaper publisher George Lewis said in a letter to LIFE Magazine that to him, truly marked and socially-acceptable steps toward social equality included the printing of a black person’s face in his newspaper when that person appeared in the news. The “act” of sharing a lunch counter, though, was just beyond the pale.
Unfortunately for Lewis, the latter could not be forgotten with a simple turn of the page. Throughout the early 1960s, a wave of sit-ins–as gracious as they were courageous–tore through the American South and aided substantially in the passing of the incredibly necessary Civil Rights Act of 1964. That could not have been achieved without the sacrifice, strength and strategy of civil and human rights activists throughout the country, though particularly in the South. From teaching the illiterate to write to training the impassioned to resist provocation while voting, the American civil rights movement left no stone unturned in its pursuit of equality.List View
Defunct Baseball Teams No. 1: Providence Grays
When baseball was first organized in the late 19th century, the majority of its fans lived in the northeast region of the country. At one point, there were five teams in southern New England, and another five in New York state. But before the Yankees, Giants, and Red Sox reigned supreme, the Providence Grays of Rhode Island were a dominant force both in the standings and in the real world. In addition to winning two championships, one recent study suggests that the Grays debuted the first African-American player in 1879, five years before the player previously believed to break the pre-nadir color barrier.