September 11, 2007 - Kennedy and Nixon
A co-worker once told me he had read a book that dealt with the political struggles between Nixon and Kennedy. At that time I failed to ask him the title and the author of the book. But I have given the subject some thought. It does seem that the lives of these two men, and the people associated with them, crossed paths many times.
Below I have made a timeline based on the careers and tragedies of both men.
1913-Richard Nixon was born in Yarbo Linda California.
1917-John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline Massachusetts.
1940-Kennedy joins the Navy. Later becomes a Naval Officer and served in the Pacific.
1941-Nixon became a Naval Officer and served in the Pacific.
1946-Nixon and Kennedy are elected to the U.S. House of Represenatives.
1950-Nixon was elected U.S. Senator.
1952-Kennedy was elected U.S. Senator. Nixon becomes Vice President of the United States.
1956-Nixon was re-elected as Vice President. Kennedy lost a bid to become the Vice Presidential Candidate at the Democrat National Convention.
1960-Kennedy defeats Nixon and became the 35th President of the United States. Mayor Daley of Chicago was accused of making a corrupt bargain that lead to Nixon's defeat in Illinois. Kennedy won the popular vote by a narrow margin. Both men held a series of debates that would eventually lead to a new tradition Robert Kennedy became his brother's Attorney General.
1962-Nixon ran for Governor of California, and was defeated. He retired from politics. Ted Kennedy won his brother's U.S. Senate seat.
1963-President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas. The Warren Commission declared that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, and was not part of any conspiracy. Gerald Ford was a member of this commission.
1964-Robert Kennedy charged Teamster Leader Jimmy Hoffa with fraud and jury tampering. Hoffa was found guilty and sent to prison.
1968-Robert Kennedy was running for President, but was assassinated while campaigning in California. Nixon came out of retirement and became the 37th President of the United States.
1969-Ted Kennedy’s accident at Chappiquiddick.
1971-Nixon pardons Hoffa.
1972- Nixon was re-elected by a landslide. The Kennedy's brother-in-law, Sergeant Shriver, was the Democratic Candidate for Vice President.
1973-Vice President Spiro Agnew was forced to resign, and replaced by Gerald Ford.
1974-Nixon resigned as a result of the Watergate Scandal. Ford became the 38th President of the United States and gave Nixon a full pardon.
1975-Hoffa disappeared and was never seen again.
1976-Ford lost his bid for a full four-year term.
1980- Ted Kennedy attempted to get the Democratic Nomination for President, but was unsuccessful. Chappiquiddick will forever be the albatross around his neck.