Eunice Kennedy Shriver died on this day, August 11, in 2009 (b. 1921). Shriver was the sister of President John F. Kennedy. She was a philanthropist, and she founded the Special Olympics in 1968. For her efforts on behalf of the disabled, Shriver was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1984 by US president Ronald Reagan. She was photographed with her husband, the American diplomat, politician, and activist Sargent Shriver.