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JFK: The Lost Inaugural Gala

 

This look at the 1961 gala event celebrating President John F. Kennedy’s election features performances by Frank Sinatra, Ethel Merman, Harry Belafonte, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Gene Kelly and more. Because of a blizzard the night of the event, the program could not be broadcast on NBC as planned. Actress Phylicia Rashad hosts this presentation.