May 29 - 1917: John F. Kennedy is born

1971: Tenants block Sagamore Bridge protesting their eviction for tourists
JFK Memorial, Hyannis. Best Read Guide Cape Cod photo.

1917: John F. Kennedy is born

America's 35th President had a profound effect on Cape Cod

On this day in 1917, John F. Kennedy was born to Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy in Brookline, MA. Our 35th president, JFK was assassinated in Dallas, TX on November 22, 1963.

Tom Dugan sent these quotes of JFK's:

"First, examine our attitude towards peace, itself. Too many of us think that it is impossible. Too many think it is unreal. But that is a dangerous, defeatist belief. It leads to the conclusion that we are gripped by forces we cannot control. We need not accept that view. Our problems are man made. Therefore they can be solved by man, and man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings. Man's reason and spirit have often solved the seemingly unsolvable and we believe they can do it again"

-  John Fitzgerald Kennedy American University June 12, 1963

"Let the word go forth from this time and place to friend and foe alike: that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans - born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage - and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this nation has always been committed and to which we are committed today - at home and around the world".

- Inaugural Address January 20, 1961

"I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty; which will protect the beauty of our natural environment... I look forward to an America which will award achievement in the arts as we award achievement in business and statecraft. I look forward to an America which will steadily raise the standards of artistic accomplishment.

And I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout he world not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world which will be safe not only for democracy and diversity, but also for personal distinction". 

- Dedication of the Robert Frost Library Amherst, Massachusetts October 26, 1963

1971: Traffic to Cape Cod blocked as tenants protest evictions

Promise to return July 4, Police in riot gear

On this start of the Memorial Day celebrations in 1971, a crowd of 300 Cape Cod tenants brought traffic at the Sagamore Bridge to a standstill as arriving visitors gawked at their loud protest to the fact that they (winter tenants) were being thrown out to make room for tourists.

The story that day in newspapers across America began:

BOURNE, Mass., May 29 -- Chanting "Housing now," more than 300 marchers caused a traffic jam today on the Sagamore Bridge spanning the Cape Cod Canal. They promised to return July 4 if state and local officials failed to aid low-income families who are being evicted from their homes to make room for tourists.

Several dozen local and state police stood by, many garbed in riot gear...

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