14 Crazy Things You Didn’t Know About The Kennedy Family
The Kennedy family is the closest thing to royalty that the United States has. For years, the public has been fascinated by them, and even though there is a wealth of knowledge out there about the family, there’s still so much that people don’t know about the Kennedy dynasty and its tragic past. We have collected 14 crazy facts about the famous family – check it out:
14. Ted Kennedy Survived a Plane Crash
Just seven months after his brother JFK had been assassinated, on June 19, 1964, Ted Kennedy was in a plane crash and survived. He had been flying in a small plane while campaigning for re-election to the Senate when the plane crashed into an orchard. The pilot and Edward Moss, one of Ted’s aids, were killed, while Senator Birch Bayh, Democrat Indiana, and his wife suffered minor injuries. Ted suffered a severe back injury, a punctured lung, broken ribs, and internal bleeding. He spent months recovering in a hospital and suffered chronic back pain after the accident.
13. Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy Was Shunned by Her Family
Kathleen “Kick” Kennedy was one of JFK’s younger sisters. She stunned her very Catholic family when she decided to marry William Cavendish who was known to family and friends as Billy Hartington, Protestant and future duke. Joe Sr. and Rose Kennedy viewed this decision as an unforgivable act of defiance. The only member of the family that supported her relationship with Hartington was her brother Joe Jr. and he was the only person in her immediate family who attended their wedding. After Hartington died just four months after the wedding, Kick was devastated and within two years began an affair with another Protestant, Earl Peter Wentworth Fitzwilliam, who was even wealthier than her deceased husband. Unfortunately, Fitzwilliam was a gambler, a drinker and was married. He promised Kick that he would leave his wife and when she told her parents about the affair they were furious and threatened to cut her off from the entire family, but that wasn’t enough to end the relationship.