December 17, 1963: The Christmas scene on historic Boston Common on this year had this sign set amidst a tableau of a shepherd and his flock. A manger scene is in the center background with the State House at the far right. For the first time the Christmas lights in the State House were not used. Governor Peabody asked that they be turned off during the 30-day period of mourning for the late President John F. Kennedy who was assassinated November 22nd in Dallas, Texas.