History Tip of the Day – October 21st

John Kennedy’s baby son is born, August 7, 1963

Only a few weeks from full-term delivery, Jacqueline Kennedy suddenly feels sharp pains in her abdomen. After she is rushed to the hospital, Patrick Bouvier Kennedy is born through caesarean section at four pounds, ten and a half ounces. He is immediately placed in an incubator; his chest wall is retracted and his skin has a bluish pallor. President Kennedy rushes to be with his wife and child. Two days later, he stares helplessly as the small body of his son gasps for air. He holds young Patrick’s hand as the child breathes his last. “He put up such a fight,” the president says.