The Skin-Tight Dress Marilyn Monroe Wore For Kennedy's Birthday

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Actress Marilyn Monroe sings "Happy Birthday" to President John F. Kennedy at Madison Square Garden, for his upcoming 45th birthday. Source: Bettmann / Getty

On May 19, 1962, ten days before the President's actual birthday, Marilyn Monroe sang John F. Kennedy "Happy Birthday" in a scandalous performance at Madison Square Garden in New York City. There had been plenty of speculation that Monroe and Kennedy, two of the most famous and attractive people in the country, were romantically involved, and the performance only kept the rumors swirling.

Rumors aside, Monroe's flirtatious and sexy performance, in a skin-tight, sequined, backless dress, was in questionable taste. Kennedy himself laughed it off, saying "I can now retire from politics after having had Happy Birthday sung to me in such a sweet, wholesome way."