November 1 -1991: Storm's huge waves make hurricane seem tame

1960: Nixon optimistic on Election day
(Left to right) Jack, Bobby and Ted Kennedy in Hyannisport.

1960: "Country to 'start moving again' Kennedy says, defense advances supersonic bomber, Nixon optimism"

On this day in 1960, a New York Times story began:

"Senator John F. Kennedy called on Americans [yesterday] to tell the world in the election on Nov. 8 that 'this country is going to start moving again.'"

"'I do not downgrade America,' Senator Kennedy said, 'but I do downgrade the kind of leadership America's been getting. I run for the presidency,' he continued, 'not to downgrade America -- but to achieve the kind of America for which every American family fought and in which every American family believes'" the Times reported.

1991: "Storm's huge waves make hurricane seem tame on Massachusetts Coast"

"The whole house shook"

On this day in 1991, the New York Times featured a story about a storm that ravished the coast of Massachusetts and in the words of one Red Cross spokesperson, made "Hurricane Bob look like nothing."

The story began with an interview with Scituate resident Peter Montgomery:

Peter Montgomery knew the storm was bad when he looked out his window Wednesday and saw waves breaking over the top of Minot's Light, a 100-foot-tall stone lighthouse on right, that is a landmark of the Massachusetts coast.

The old gray shingled house where Mr. Montgomery lives, a mile from the lighthouse on a spit of land that juts out into Massachusetts Bay, was also being pounded by the raging northeaster. "Every time a wave hit the building, you could feel it -- va boom! -- the whole house shook," said Mr. Montgomery, a caretaker for a group of summer residents...

Parts of Cape Cod were among the hardest-hit areas, especially those facing east and north along the outer Cape from Chatham at the elbow to Provincetown at the tip. "There are some places on the outer Cape where the beach is completely gone," said Tony Bonanno, the chief ranger at the Cape Cod National Seashore...

Read the full story, including how hard the Cape was hit here.
Read about "Everything else which happened today" including 1623 - Fire at Plymouth, Massachusetts destroys several buildings here.


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