The nation was shocked and devastated after the Kennedy family was beset by yet another tragedy on July 16, 1999: A plane flown by John F. Kennedy Jr. had gone missing off Cape Cod, and all three occupants inside were presumed dead. https://t.co/8qRvyVPKiZ— The Boston Globe (@BostonGlobe) July 16, 2019
It has been 20 years since JFK Jr (the son of President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy), his wife Carolyn Bessette (who was a publicist for Calvin Klein), and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette (who was a banker) all tragically died when their plane crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Martha's Vineyard. Kennedy was piloting the plane as the three were on their way to attend the wedding of his cousin Rory Kennedy (the 11th child of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel Kennedy).
Commemorating the anniversary of this tragedy, a new book on JFK Jr was released earlier this month called "America's Reluctant Prince: The Life of John F. Kennedy Jr" by Stephen Gillon. It should be noted that Gillon was actually a friend of JFK Jr and first met him when Kennedy enrolled in one of his classes at Brown University. A documentary on A&E titled "Biography: JFK Jr. The Final Year" which is based on Gillon's book, will premiere tonight at 9 p.m. ET:
Katie Couric reflects on her interview with JFK Jr.
Today is the 20th anniversary of the plane crash that killed #JFKJr Carolyn Bessette & Lauren Bessette. A few months before his death, I sat down with JFK Jr. on the @TODAYshow for what would be his final interview. I wrote about my memories from that day: https://t.co/TDqgsPSGYr pic.twitter.com/qAaHpC4rMK— Katie Couric (@katiecouric) July 16, 2019
A few clips of ABC 20/20's "The Last Days of John F. Kennedy Jr" special:
"We lost that dream, we lost that legacy." Those who knew the son of America’s most famous family reflect on what we lost, after his July death 20 years ago, and what could have been.— 20/20 (@ABC2020) July 13, 2019
Encore: #ABC2020 #JFKJR https://t.co/GSCbRsuOjS pic.twitter.com/Pa1kc16oec
What happened the night JFK, Jr.'s plane disappeared: A pilot who was one of the last people to see JFK, Jr. alive describes the conditions on the evening of July 16, 1999. #LastDays #JFKJr https://t.co/GSCbRsMpbq pic.twitter.com/qGvCuXnUJk— 20/20 (@ABC2020) July 13, 2019
Keeping JFK Jr.'s wedding a total secret: Former assistant RoseMarie Terenzio says keeping the plans for his marriage to Carolyn Bessette hush-hush "was the most nerve-wracking three months of my entire life!"— 20/20 (@ABC2020) July 13, 2019
Encore: #LastDays #JFKJr https://t.co/ch8EGMulwk pic.twitter.com/b5KhfNHMAq
What it was like dating a Kennedy: JFK. Jr’s ex-girlfriends open up about their relationships with the younger Kennedy son.— 20/20 (@ABC2020) July 13, 2019
Encore: #LastDays #JFKJR #Kennedy https://t.co/GSCbRsuOjS pic.twitter.com/ZJzRE5d0VU
JFK's children at the White House: John Jr. and Caroline would frolic in the Oval Office and get treats like gum from their father, the president, when their mom, First Lady Jackie Kennedy, was out of town. #JFKJr https://t.co/GSCbRsuOjS pic.twitter.com/NS8Bm8NMeP— 20/20 (@ABC2020) July 13, 2019
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