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Timeline

Timeline

Research by Steven L. Brawley

Key Dates in Jackie's Life

  • 1929 Born in Southampton, Long Island on July 28
  • 1933 Sister Caroline Lee born March 3
  • 1935 Begins school at Miss Chapin's in New York City
  • 1938 Wins first equestrian blue ribbon at East Hampton Horse Show
  • 1940 Parents divorce
  • 1942 Mother marries Hugh Auchincloss
  • 1944 Begins Miss Porter's School
  • 1947 Named Debutante of the Year; enrolls at Vassar
  • 1948 Makes first trip to Europe
  • 1949 Attends the Sorbonne for a year as an exchange student
  • 1951 Graduates from George Washington University with BA
  • 1951 Wins Vogue's Prix de Paris writing contest
  • 1952 Announces engagement to John Husted in January; breaks off engagement in March
  • 1952 Hiired as Inquiring Camera Girl at Washington Times-Herald
  • 1953 Becomes engaged to John F. Kennedy on June 23; marries on September 12
  • 1955 Suffers miscarriage after 3 months
  • 1956 Stillborn birth of daughter Arabella
  • 1957 Father, John “Black Jack” Bouvier, dies August 3
  • 1957 Daughter Caroline Bouvier Kennedy born November 27
  • 1960 John F. Kennedy elected President; son John Jr. born November 25
  • 1961 Becomes nation's third-youngest First Lady on January 20
  • 1961 Begins White House restoration
  • 1962 Hosts televised tour of the White House on February 14; wins honorary Emmy award
  • 1963 Gives birth to son Patrick Bouvier on August 7, who dies two days later
  • 1963 John F. Kennedy assassinated on November 22
  • 1964 Does oral history for JFK Library
  • 1964: Does interview for book "Death of a President"
  • 1964: Testifies before Warren Commission
  • 1964 Moves to New York with children
  • 1966 Files suit against William Manchester concerning his book "The Death of a President"
  • 1968 Robert Kennedy assassinated on June 6
  • 1968 Marries Aristotle Onassis
  • 1972 Wins suit against photographer Ron Galella requiring him to stay 50 feet away from herself, and 75 feet away from her children.
  • 1974: Does oral history for LBJ Library
  • 1975 Supports saving Grand Central Station from demolition
  • 1975 Onassis dies March 15
  • 1976 Hired at Viking Press as book editor
  • 1978 Begins work at Doubleday
  • 1979 John F. Kennedy Library and Museum in Boston dedicated October 20
  • 1988 Becomes grandmother for first time to Caroline's daughter Rose Kennedy Schlossberg
  • 1994 Dies May 19 in New York City after battle with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma.

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