Obama Quietly Set A New National Record In Chicago This Morning

By Rachel Cromidas in News on Oct 28, 2015 7:15PM

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President Barack Obama quietly set a national record Wednesday morning as he slept in his Kenwood home.

Because no U.S. president has died in office since Nov. 22, 1963, when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, the past 18,967 days have officially become the longest stretch in American history during which the U.S. has not lost a president in office.

This historical tidbit has been reported by Quartz and other news outlets today. They attribute the new record to a combination of increased security around U.S. presidents and advances in medicine and technology. While it's common for Americans born before 1963 to say they can remember where they were when they learned Kennedy was fatally shot on a visit to Dallas, enough time has passed that most living Americans cannot say they've experienced the death of a sitting president.

Obama was in his hometown Chicago Tuesday and Wednesday to speak about policing and gun laws at the International Association of Chiefs of Police conference and to catch the Bulls' opening game at the United Center.