1. John F Kennedy was the youngest person to assume the presidency by election.
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3. John F Kennedy was elected to the US Senate and served as the junior senator for Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960.
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6. John F Kennedy presided over the establishment of the Peace Corps, Alliance for Progress with Latin America, and the continuation of the Apollo program with the goal of landing a man on the Moon before 1970.
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14. In September 1935, John F Kennedy made his first trip abroad when he traveled to London with his parents and his sister Kathleen.
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15. John F Kennedy intended to study under Harold Laski at the London School of Economics, as his older brother had done.
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16. John F Kennedy convalesced further at the family winter home in Palm Beach, then spent the spring of 1936 working as a ranch hand on the 40,000-acre Jay Six cattle ranch outside Benson, Arizona.
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19. In July 1937, John F Kennedy sailed to France—taking his convertible—and spent ten weeks driving through Europe with Billings.
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23. John F Kennedy became increasingly supportive of US intervention in World War II, and his father's isolationist beliefs resulted in the latter's dismissal as ambassador to the United Kingdom.
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26. John F Kennedy was commissioned an ensign on October 26, 1941, and joined the staff of the Office of Naval Intelligence in Washington, DC.
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31. John F Kennedy was hospitalized at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts from May to December 1944.
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33. John F Kennedy established his residency at an apartment building on 122 Bowdoin Street across from the Massachusetts State House.
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34. At the start of his first term, John F Kennedy focused on Massachusetts-specific issues by sponsoring bills to help the fishing, textile manufacturing, and watchmaking industries.
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38. John F Kennedy proposed on July 2, 1957, that the US support Algeria's effort to gain independence from France.
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45. On Election Day, John F Kennedy defeated Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century.
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51. John F Kennedy approved Defense Secretary Robert McNamara's controversial decision to award the contract for the F-111 TFX fighter-bomber to General Dynamics (the choice of the civilian Defense department) over Boeing (the choice of the military).
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68. In late 1961, John F Kennedy sent Roger Hilsman, then director of the State Department's Bureau of Intelligence and Research, to assess the situation in Vietnam.
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71. John F Kennedy reiterated the American commitment to Germany and criticized communism, and was met with an ecstatic response from a massive audience.
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74. John F Kennedy 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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77. John F Kennedy assigned federal marshals to protect the Freedom Riders rather than using federal troops or uncooperative FBI agents.
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79. On March 6, 1961, John F Kennedy signed Executive Order 10925, which required government contractors to "take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, creed, color, or national origin".
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82. On June 11, 1963, President John F Kennedy intervened when Alabama Governor George Wallace blocked the doorway to the University of Alabama to stop two African American students, Vivian Malone and James Hood, from attending.
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83. That evening John F Kennedy gave his famous Report to the American People on Civil Rights on national television and radio, launching his initiative for civil rights legislation—to provide equal access to public schools and other facilities, and greater protection of voting rights.
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89. On November 21, 1962, in a cabinet meeting with NASA administrator Webb and other officials, John F Kennedy explained that the Moon shot was important for reasons of international prestige, and that the expense was justified.
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96. Three months prior to his third birthday, in 1920, John F Kennedy came down with scarlet fever, a highly contagious and life-threatening disease, and was admitted to Boston City Hospital.
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100. Many vividly remember where they were when they first learned the news that John F Kennedy was assassinated, as with the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, before it and the September 11 attacks after it.
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