(Thursday, December 28, 1961, 10:45 p.m. EST) — Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, First Lady of the United States from 1915 to 1921 as the second wife of President Woodrow Wilson, died tonight of congestive heart failure at her Washington home. She was 89.
Wilson has been labeled “the Secret President” and “the first woman to run the government” for the role she played when her husband suffered prolonged and disabling illness after a stroke in October 1919. Some even refer to her as “the first female president of the United States.”
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.