The only royal family, even if there is no such thing in the history of modern United States of America, is The Kennedy Family. John Fitzgerald Kennedy better known as JFK was the son of Joseph Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. There were nine children in the Kennedy family, four sons and five daughters; Joe Jr., John, Rosemary, Kathleen, Eunice, Pat, Robert, Jean and Ted. The family has suffered numerous tragedies which earned them the notoriety of a family cursed. Tragedies were so frequent in the family that they collectively came to be known as “the Kennedy curse”. Let us take a look into some interesting facts about the renowned Kennedy Family.
10. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr.:
He was a junior officer in the United States Navy; a Naval Aviator son of Joseph and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy. Joseph was killed while on a secret mission during World War II on August 12, 1944. Joe Jr., as he was fondly called, loved to fly and volunteered for a mission that ended eventually his life. He was 29 years old at the time of his death.
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9. Joseph Kennedy:
Joseph Kennedy, father of John F. Kennedy, was very concerned about his daughter Rosemary Kennedy’s mental health. He arranged for the procedure of lobotomy to be carried out without the knowledge of his family. The operation went wrong and Rosemary was left in mental institution until her death on January 7, 2005. Rosemary Kennedy was institutionalized for most of her adult life following the botched lobotomy.
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8. Joseph Kennedy’s tradition:
It was Joe Kennedy who started a tradition of giving his wife, Rose, a gift each time she had a child. After giving Rose a diamond bracelet on the birth of their daughter Jean, Joe said he would give Rose a black eye if she bore another child. That was a bit weird.
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7. Kathleen Kennedy-Hartington:
She was the fourth child and second daughter of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy. Rose Kennedy was furious that Kathleen had married the Protestant William ‘Billy’ Hartington. It is reported that when she heard of Hartington’s death, Rose stated that ‘God had taken care of things in his own way’. Kathleen had recently found love again unfortunately herself died in 1948 in a plane crash.
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6. JFK and Jackie Kennedy:
President John F. Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline suffered the loss of their first child, a baby daughter who was stillborn. She is buried at Arlington Cemetery alongside her parents and baby brother, Patrick, who was born in the year of the President’s assassination and died two days later. The baby girl’s gravestone reads ‘A Daughter’. On 7th August 1963, President and Mrs. Kennedy became the parents of a baby boy, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy. The baby was premature and died two days after his birth on 9th August 1963. The President and his wife were both devastated by the loss of their son. Family members and historians agree that this tragedy brought the President and First Lady closer than they had been for some time.
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5. The shooting of JFK:
President John F. Kennedy was shot and killed in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. It was reported that the fatal shots were fired from a nearby building, Texas School Book Depository. The assassin Lee Harvey Oswald himself became the victim of an assassin when he was shot by Jack Ruby two days after the death of President Kennedy.
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4. Robert Francis Kennedy death:
He was the younger brother of President John F. Kennedy. Greatly loved and respected member of the Kennedy family, Robert was shot dead in California in June 1968. Robert ‘Bobby’ Kennedy left a widow and 10 children, an 11th was born six months after his death. These children have picked up the fallen standard and carried on their father’s humanitarian and public service roles with great success.
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3. The Chappaquiddick incident:
In 1969, Senator Edward Kennedy, the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., was the driver in an accident at Chappaquiddick which resulted in the drowning of a young woman named Mary Jo Kopechne. The events surrounding Senator Kennedy’s behavior at the time of Miss Kopechne’s death have caused much legal and public debate. Most Kennedy supporters acknowledge that the press revisiting of the tragedy was a major reason for the Senator not being successful in his bid for the Presidency a decade later.
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2. Michael LeMoyne Kennedy:
On New Year’s Eve 1997, Michael LeMoyne Kennedy, was the sixth of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy, died tragically. He hit a tree while skiing. Michael was yet another Kennedy to hit the news for alleged bad behavior. It was widely reported that he had conducted an affair with a 14 year old babysitter. At the time of his death, he was separated from his wife, Victoria Gifford Kennedy.
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1. Last of JFK’s:
Although he was planning to attend the wedding of his cousin Rory, John met with death. Rory was scheduled to marry Mark Bailey at the time of the tragedy. John Kennedy Jr., the only surviving son of JFK, was accompanied by his wife Carolyn and her sister on the fatal airplane journey in 1999. All three were killed. The death of her brother, John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. meant that Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg (his sister) remains the only survivor of the First Family from the 1960 Presidential Election.
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