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Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

First Lady of the United States + Book Editor

Jacqueline "Jackie" Lee Bouvier Kennedy Onassis was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. Five years later she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. For the final two decades of her life, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis had a career as a book editor.… Read More

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1929 Birth Born on July 28, 1929.
1940 10 Years Old The Bouviers divorced in 1940; in 1942, Janet married Standard Oil heir Hugh Dudley Auchincloss, Jr. and had two more children: Janet Jennings Auchincloss (1945–1985) and James Lee Auchincloss (born 1947). … Read More


1942 12 Years Old Bouvier's mother married Hugh D. Auchincloss on June 21, 1942. … Read More
1947 17 Years Old 1 More Event
…  When she made her society debut in 1947, Hearst columnist Igor Cassini dubbed her "debutante of the year."


1951 21 Years Old 1 More Event
Upon returning home to the U.S., she transferred to The George Washington University in Washington, D.C.; she graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in French literature.
1953 23 Years Old Kennedy was then busy running for the US Senate but after his election in November, the relationship grew more serious and led to their engagement, officially announced on June 25, 1953. They were married on September 12, 1953, at St. Mary's Church in Newport, Rhode Island, in a Mass celebrated by Boston's Archbishop Richard Cushing. … Read More
1955 25 Years Old Additionally, Jackie suffered a miscarriage in 1955 and in August 1956 gave birth to a stillborn daughter whom they planned to name Arabella. The couple sold their Hickory Hill estate to Jack's brother Robert, his wife Ethel, and their growing family, and bought a townhouse on N Street in Georgetown. Jackie subsequently gave birth to a second daughter, Caroline, in 1957, and a son, John Jr., in 1960, both via Caesarean section. … Read More


On January 3, 1960, John announced his candidacy for the Presidency and launched his nationwide campaign. … Read More
1961 31 Years Old A little over two weeks later, Jackie gave birth to the couple's first son, John F. Kennedy, Jr. When her husband was sworn in as president on January 20, 1961, Kennedy became, at age 31, the third youngest First Lady in history, behind Frances Folsom Cleveland (21) and Julia Gardiner Tyler (24). … Read More
…  Kennedy was well received in Paris, France, when she visited with her husband, and when she traveled with Lee to Pakistan and India in 1962. … Read More
…  On November 22, 1963, she was riding with her husband in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas, when he was assassinated.
In January 1964, Kennedy visited U.S. Ambassador to Britain John Hay Whitney's Georgia plantation. … Read More
1965 35 Years Old In 1965, she joined Queen Elizabeth II at Runnymede, England, where they dedicated the United Kingdom's official memorial to President Kennedy. … Read More
1967 37 Years Old In November 1967, during the midst of the Vietnam War, Life magazine recognized Kennedy as "America's unofficial roving ambassador" during her visit to Cambodia, when she met with Chief of State Norodom Sihanouk. … Read More
She and her children withdrew from public view after his funeral, and she remarried in 1968. … Read More


1971 41 Years Old She promised that she would someday and did in February 1971, during the administration of Richard Nixon to view her official portrait and that of President Kennedy's before public unveiling.
1975 45 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Five years later, she married Greek shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis; they remained married until his death in 1975. Jacqueline was the elder daughter of Wall Street stockbroker John Vernou Bouvier III and socialite Janet Norton Lee, who divorced in 1940.
1979 49 Years Old 1 More Event
The finished library, designed by I.M. Pei, includes a museum and was dedicated in Boston in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter.


1984 54 Years Old She visited the northern part of India in 1984 and the southern part five years later in 1989 with friends Cary and Edith Welch. … Read More


1992 62 Years Old In the early 1990s, she became a supporter of Bill Clinton and endorsed him during his 1992 presidential campaign. … Read More
1993 63 Years Old 1 More Event
Onassis met with the Clintons in August 1993 on the yacht Relemar, alongside Ted Kennedy and Maurice Templesmen. … Read More
1994 64 Years Old 1 More Event
She made her last trip home from New York Hospital–Cornell Medical Center on May 18, 1994. … Read More
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