36 Facts About JFK


John Fitzgerald Kennedy, often referred to by his initials JFK and the nickname Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from 1961 until his assassination near the end of his third year in office.

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JFK was the youngest president at the end of his tenure.

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JFK was elected to the U S Senate and served as the junior senator for Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960.

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JFK rejected Operation Northwoods in March 1962, but his administration continued to plan for an invasion of Cuba in the summer of 1962.

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JFK signed the first nuclear weapons treaty in October 1963.

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JFK supported the civil rights movement but was only somewhat successful in passing his New Frontier domestic policies.

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JFK was educated through the 4th grade at the Edward Devotion School, the Noble and Greenough Lower School, and the Dexter School; all located in the Boston area.

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JFK had been the business manager of the school yearbook and was voted the "most likely to succeed".

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JFK intended to study under Harold Laski at the London School of Economics, as his older brother had done.

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JFK was then hospitalized for observation at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston.

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JFK tried out for the football, golf, and swimming teams and earned a spot on the varsity swimming team.

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JFK then traveled throughout South America; his itinerary included Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.

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JFK then led three Huckins PT boats—PT-98, PT-99, and PT-101, which were being relocated from MTBRON 4 in Melville, Rhode Island, back to Jacksonville, Florida, and the new MTBRON 14 .

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JFK concentrated his attention on international affairs, supporting the Truman Doctrine as the appropriate response to the emerging Cold War.

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JFK supported public housing and opposed the Labor Management Relations Act of 1947, which restricted the power of labor unions.

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JFK set a goal of speaking in every city and town in Massachusetts prior to 1952.

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JFK's religion helped him win a devoted following among many Catholic voters.

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JFK believed that the Texas Senator could help him win support from the South.

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JFK was ready and willing to make the increased number of quick decisions required in such an environment.

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JFK selected a mixture of experienced and inexperienced people to serve in his cabinet.

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JFK started off on the wrong foot by reacting aggressively to a routine Khrushchev speech on Cold War confrontation in early 1961.

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JFK's mistake helped raise tensions going into the Vienna summit of June 1961.

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JFK made it clear that any treaty interfering with U S access rights in West Berlin would be regarded as an act of war.

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JFK worked closely with Puerto Rican Governor Luis Munoz Marin for the development of the Alliance of Progress and began working to further Puerto Rico's autonomy.

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JFK'storians disagree on whether the Vietnam War would have escalated if Kennedy had not been assassinated and had won re-election in 1964.

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JFK reiterated the American commitment to Germany and criticized communism, and was met with an ecstatic response from a massive audience.

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JFK visited the cottage at Dunganstown, near New Ross, County Wexford, where his ancestors had lived before emigrating to America.

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JFK promised an end to racial discrimination, although his agenda, which included the endorsement of the Voter Education Project in 1962, produced little progress in areas such as Mississippi, where the "VEP concluded that discrimination was so entrenched".

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JFK's proposals became part of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

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JFK turned over some of the details of the government's involvement to the Dept.

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JFK saw this proposal as an extension of his planned civil rights agenda as president.

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JFK expressed concern about the plight of the Seneca and directed government agencies to assist in obtaining more land, damages, and assistance to help mitigate their displacement.

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JFK's memo concluded that a manned Moon landing was far enough in the future that it was likely the United States would achieve it first.

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JFK was in Texas on a political trip to smooth over frictions in the Democratic Party between liberals Ralph Yarborough and Don Yarborough and conservative John Connally.

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JFK's sister Rose Marie "Rosemary" Kennedy was born in 1918 with intellectual disabilities and underwent a prefrontal lobotomy at age 23, leaving her incapacitated until her death in 2005.

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JFK was posthumously awarded the Pacem in Terris Award .

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