Daily Archives: December 19, 2011

Kennedy patriarch suffers massive stroke 50 years ago today (1961)


Video: Kennedy suffers a stroke (at 5:08)

(Tuesday, December 19, 1961) — Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., former U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom, and the father of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and U.S. Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy, suffered a massive stroke today after playing golf in Palm Beach, Florida. He never recovered his ability to speak, but remained mentally intact.

‘A Clockwork Orange’ opens in New York 40 years ago today (1971)


Video: 'A Clockwork Orange' trailer

(Sunday, December 19, 1971)A Clockwork Orange, a film about a charismatic delinquent Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell) who volunteers for an experimental aversion therapy developed by the government in an effort to solve society’s crime problem, opened today at the Cinema I in New York City.

Written, directed and produced by Stanley Kubrick, the film features disturbing, violent images, facilitating its social commentary on psychiatry, youth gangs, and other social, political, and economic subjects in a dystopian, future Britain.