Happy Birthday to Caroline Kennedy who turns 61 today. She was 3-years-old when her father, John F. Kennedy, became president. One of the many adorable photos of her in the White House inspired Neil Diamond to write his hit song, Sweet Caroline. She studied photography and the arts, and while working at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the 80s, met exhibit designer Ed Schlossberg, her future husband. They’ve raised three children during their 32 year marriage: Rose, Tatiana, and Jack.
She also became an attorney, spent time on education reform and charitable work, and has co-authored two books on civil liberties, and edited several poetry books. In the early 2000s, she helped raise more than $65 million in private money for the New York City public schools… (1957)
She is also the author of A Family Christmas, a collection of poems, prose, and personal notes from her family history, She served as the US Ambassador to Japan for President Obama from 2013 to 2017 (see a sweet GNN story from her tenure). Coming from a long line of successful campaigners, Caroline applied for an open New York Senate seat in 2008, but withdrew at the last minute citing “personal reasons”. The New York Post last year indicated she is considering a run in the near future, while she pens a memoir of her life.
MORE Good News on this Day:
- The first elected representatives were called to Westminster by King Edward I, gathering for the first “Model Parliament” (1295)
- Alfred Nobel used his estate to establish the Nobel Prize (1895)
- Jimi Hendrix, whose mainstream career spanned just four years but is regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in music history, was born in Seattle, Washington (1942)
- The Royal Air Force began airlifts to flood-stricken Somalia (1961)
- George Harrison released his three album set, “All Things Must Pass” (1970)
- The UN Security Council agreed to the establishment of peacekeeping operations in Yugoslavia (1991)
- Pope John Paul II returned the relics of Saint John Chrysostom to the Eastern Orthodox Church (2004)
- Quebec was declared a nation within a unified Canada, after the Canadian House of Commons passed Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s motion of declaration (2006)
Nye, a science educator, comedian, and author is best known as the host of the PBS children’s science show, Bill Nye the Science Guy. After university studies at Cornell, the DC-born mechanical engineer, who wanted to be an astronaut, got his start at Boeing where, among other things, he starred in training films and developed a hydraulic pressure resonance suppressor for the 747. Check out his new book, Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World. (1955) Watch Nye explain how he became The Science Guy…