On this day: A Catholic President

On this day 50 years ago, John Fitzgerald Kennedy became President of the United States.

In the morning, he attended Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Georgetown. He walked through the snow from his house at 3307 N Street. It was the Feast of Sts. Fabian and Sebastian, Martyrs.

A few hours later, President Kennedy delivered his Inaugural Address.

(For an interesting account of the parties, etc., see "The Kennedy Inauguration: J.F.K., Sinatra, and the 1961 Bash that Launched Camelot", by Todd S. Purdum, in the Feb. 2011 Vanity Fair.)

Join the Conversation

Send your thoughts and reactions to Letters to the Editor. Learn more here