By Mark McConville
IN STARK contrast to the protests that have greeted President Trump incredible images show people lining the streets of London to welcome President John F Kennedy in 1961.
Stunning pictures show JFK stepping off his plane, his motorcade being cheered by the people of England’s capital city and riding with Prime Minster Harold Macmillan in an open limousine.
Other striking photographs show JFK chatting to a group of young American school children as he leaves the American Embassy in London, chatting to the Prime Minister in Prince and Princess Radziwill’s Buckingham Place home and wife Jackie looking on from the background.
The visit of President Kennedy and his wife Jackie to London was made on June 4th and 5th 1961 as they attended the christening of Jackie’s niece.
Although described as a private visit they dined at Buckingham palace with the Queen and JFK met with the Prime Minister Harold Macmillan.
Donald Trump’s visit to London has been met with huge protests as a huge baby blimp depicting President Trump wearing a nappy has took to the skies in Westminster.
The blimp joined tens of thousands of demonstrators marching through the streets of London while protests are also planned at Chequers, Theresa May’s country estate, and in Scotland, where the American leader will arrive on Friday evening after having tea with Queen at Windsor Castle.
John F Kennedy had been inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States of America on January 20, 1961. He was the youngest candidate to be elected President.
“My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country,” he said in his inaugural address.
“My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”
The visit to London proved to be a popular one, with crowds of people lining the streets as they drove through the city. It had a long lasting impact, after the visit Londoners could keep up with the news regarding the President through television broadcasts, relayed from the US by the communication satellite Telstar, launched on July 10, 1962.
In January 1963 one enterprising shop window mannequin manufacturer created Kennedy and Macmillan mannequins to boost sales in men’s fashion outlets.
President Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 by Lee Harvey Oswald. He was riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas when Oswald shot him with a sniper rifle.
The motorcade rushed to Parkland Memorial Hospital where President Kennedy was pronounced dead about thirty minutes after the shooting; Connally recovered from his injuries.
As Oswald was being transferred to Dallas County Jail he was fatally shot in the basement of Dallas Police Headquarters by Dallas nightclub operator Jack Ruby.
After a ten-month investigation, the Warren Commission concluded that Oswald assassinated Kennedy, that Oswald had acted entirely alone, and that Ruby had acted alone in killing Oswald.
Kennedy was the eighth US President to die in office and the fourth (following those of Lincoln, Garfield, and McKinley) and most recent to be assassinated. Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson automatically became President upon Kennedy’s death.
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