July 28 - 1914: Cape Cod Canal opened 100 years ago today

1929: Jackie O's birthday. 1963: JFK vacations on Cape months before his assassination
The Rose Standish was one of the first ships allowed through the canal.

1914: Cape Cod Canal opens on this day

Steady Work of Five Years Robs Sea "Graveyard" of Terrors.
Boston 66 miles nearer to NY

On this day in 1914, the world was told about the opening of our canal which would save hundreds, if not thousands, of ships from peril.

One of the first ships allowed through the canal during the opening ceremonies was the steamer Rose Standish which carried the canal company executives and government officials. You can see some of the onlookers waving in the old sepia print on the right. The story in the New York Times began:

NEW BEDFORD, Mass., July 28. -- The hotels are crowded tonight with steamship men and railroad officials waiting to board the fleet of private yachts and other vessels at anchor in the harbor which will start for Buzzards Bay at 11 o'clock tomorrow morning to sail in procession through the Cape Cod Canal, which cuts Cape Cod from the mainland of Massachusetts and shortens the sea route from Boston to New York by sixty-six miles...


1929: Jackie Kennedy's Birthday

On this day in 1929 Jacqueline Lee Bouvier, daughter of Janet Lee and John “Black Jack” Bouvier, a handsome stockbroker was born in Southampton, N.Y. Jackie had one younger sister, Caroline Lee. In boarding school, Jackie won Vogue’s Prix de Paris essay contest, but declined the prize trip to New York and Paris. But while attending George Washington University, Jacqueline Bouvier studied abroad in France, strengthening her love for art, literature and fashion. After college, she worked as a photographer/reporter. She met John F. Kennedy, the capital’s most eligible bachelor in 1951, and after a quiet two-year courtship, married him.

After a miscarriage and the stillbirth of a baby girl, Mrs. Kennedy gave birth to Caroline in 1957, and John Jr. in 1960. In 1961, Senator John F. Kennedy became president. Her New York Times obituary notes that the new First Lady brought class and charm to the Kennedy presidency, with “the whispering, intimate quality of her voice … the bouffant hair and formal smile for the Rose Garden and the barefoot romp with her children on a Cape Cod beach.”

Photo courtesy of Wiki Commons.

1963: JFK vacation on Cape

Video shows president swimming with daughter Carolyn

On  this day in 2013, fifty years afterwards, never-before-seen video footage is released which captures JFK on vacation months before his assassination. Videos of John F. Kennedy shows the president sunbathing, playing golf and cuddling and swimming with daughter, Caroline, while the family vacationed in Cape Cod 50 years ago this weekend. Footage comes from a 15-minute silent film that was released by the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum. Read the NY Daily News story here.. See the video here.

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