1. On this date in 1990, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at a record-high: 2,810.15. That was the first day the DJIA passed the 2,800 mark. Today, the DJIA closed at 16,153.54 (down 295.64 points today). For comparison, on this date in 1962, it closed at 706.55.
2. On this date in 1960, Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts announced his bid for the Democratic Presidential nomination. That was for the election of 1960, some nine months later. Meanwhile, in the election of 2016, nearly two dozen people announced their intention to seek the major party nominations nearly a year ago, several have already dropped out, and last night were the Iowa caucuses. In other words: yes, indeed, the Presidential campaign season has stretched out significantly.