First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy was born on July 28, 1929. If she had survived cancer she would be 86 today. If you visit the White House you can view her portrait and walk through the Jacqueline Kennedy Garden.
On this day, July 26, 1926, Robert Todd Lincoln, the oldest son of President Abraham Lincoln, died. Of his three brothers Robert was the only one to live to adulthood. Throughout his life, Robert Lincoln was dogged by a series of eerie coincidences. A year before his father was assassinated by John Wilkes Booth, Robert Lincoln was saved from possible serious injury or even death by Wilkes’ brother Edwin who grabbed Robert by the collar when he stumbled and almost fell off a railroad platform. Robert, as member of President Garfield’s cabinet, was present when President James Garfield was gunned down in the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad station in Washington, DC in 1881. He was also present when President McKinley was assassinated 20 years later These coincidences were very troubling for Robert Lincoln. He was haunted by the fact that, perhaps if he had accepted the invitation of his parents to attend the play at Ford's Theater the night of his father's assassination he might have prevented it. After personally witnessing two other presidential assassinations he refused to attend presidential events with the exception of his attendance at the dedication of the Lincoln Memorial.
Robert Lincoln's association with railroads also evoked another coincidence. His father campaigned as "The Rail Splitter" and when Robert was appointed chairman of the Pullman Company, a manufacturer of railroad cars, he was nicknamed "Prince of the Rails". Perhaps the final eerie coincidence occurred after his death. The widowed Jacqueline Kennedy's last residence in Washington, DC was a home directly across the street from the home Robert Lincoln lived in for many years.