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82 Facts About John F Kennedy
16. John F Kennedy watched King's speech on TV and was very impressed.
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19. 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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22. 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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23. The US Senate ratified this and John F Kennedy signed it into law in October 1963.
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27. John F Kennedy had signed National Security Action Memorandum 263, dated October 11, which ordered the withdrawal of 1,000 military personnel by year's end, and the bulk of them out by 1965.
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30. John F Kennedy announced a change of policy from support to partnership with Diem to defeat of communism in South Vietnam.
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37. John F Kennedy gave a speech at Saint Anselm College on May 5, 1960, regarding America's conduct in the emerging Cold War.
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38. John F Kennedy began intensive meetings on the Berlin issue, where Dean Acheson took the lead in recommending a military buildup alongside NATO allies.
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39. John F Kennedy made it clear that any treaty interfering with US access rights in West Berlin would be regarded as an act of war.
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41. John F Kennedy 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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42. 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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46. John F Kennedy brought to the White House a contrast in organization compared to the decision-making structure of former-General Eisenhower, and he wasted no time in scrapping Eisenhower's methods.
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55. John F Kennedy concentrated his attention on international affairs, supporting the Truman Doctrine as the appropriate response to the emerging Cold War.
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59. 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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67. In 1939, John F Kennedy toured Europe, the Soviet Union, the Balkans, and the Middle East in preparation for his Harvard senior honors thesis.
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68. 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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75. Young John F Kennedy attended the lower campus of Riverdale Country School, a private school for boys, from 5th to 7th grade.
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77. John F Kennedy was educated at the Edward Devotion School in Brookline, the Noble and Greenough Lower School in nearby Dedham, Massachusetts, and the Dexter School through the 4th grade.
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