July 16 - 1931: 140-foot yacht ashore; 1999: The day John F. Kennedy Jr. died

1916: Canal blocked by sunken ship. 1961: JFK spends third weekend here
Voted the sexiest man alive by People Magazine in 1988, John F. Kennedy, Jr. died in 1999 in a plane crash between Hyannis and Martha's Vineyard.

1999: John-John's plane vanishes off Cape Cod

JFK's son and his wife Carolyn Bessette die in plane crash

On this day in 1999, a Piper Saratoga carrying John F. Kennedy Jr., 38, his wife, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy, and her sister disappeared late Friday (July 16) off the Massachusetts coast, and by July 17 the authorities had recovered debris from the airplane off Martha's Vineyard.

According to an article in the New York Times:

Officials said the debris included part of the plane's landing gear and a prescription bottle with Carolyn Kennedy's name on it. Also recovered was a black suitcase with a business card bearing the name of Lauren G. Bessette, 34, an investment banker for Morgan Stanley Dean Witter and Mr. Kennedy's sister-in-law. The suitcase and other debris were found on a beach about two miles from the Martha's Vineyard estate once owned by Mr. Kennedy's mother, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.

Read the complete story in the New York Times here.

1931: Yacht ashore on Cape Cod

John Tilton and party ask Coast Guard aid for the Wanderlust.

On this day in 1931, the Associated Press reported that a 140 foot steam yacht Wanderlust, owned by John Tilton, a lawyer from Miami, had come ashore at Provincetown near Wood End Lighthouse.

The article (at right) erroneously referred to "Grace" Point rather than Race Point in Provincetown.

1916: Canal Blocked by sunken ship

Steam collier William Chisholm blocks traffic in both directions

On this day in 1916, the steam collier William Chisholm sank fully loaded in the Cape Cod Canal blocking traffic in either direction.

Ships were forced to make the longer and more dangerous voyage around Cape Cod until the Chisholm could be raised.

(A steam collier sank in the canal blocking all traffic. These ship, similar to the one at right, usually carried coal.)

1961: JFK spends third weekend in a row on Cape Cod

Runs affairs of nation from his Summer White House


On this day in 1961 the world read about the US Presidency with a Hyannisport dateline. When President Kennedy spent long weekends here, he often brought much of the White House with him.

On this occasion he brought his Secretary of State and Defense and Press Secretary Pierre Sallinger as always.

This trip he announced his second news conference would be about a deepening crises with the Soviet Union over Berlin.

Jackie's dress, weather grim, Jack still hat-less

For perhaps the first time in US history, the press reports on the president included sartorial items like the color of the first lady's dress and the fact that Jack was hatless on his way to church.

As the first president who did not wear a hat during his inauguration, Kennedy has been credited with almost single-handedly crippling the hat industry. Here's the story:


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