1. John Kennedy was the youngest person to assume the presidency by election.
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3. John 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 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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11. John Kennedy 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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15. In September 1935, John Kennedy made his first trip abroad when he traveled to London with his parents and his sister Kathleen.
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16. John Kennedy intended to study under Harold Laski at the London School of Economics, as his older brother had done.
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17. John 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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20. In July 1937, John Kennedy sailed to France—taking his convertible—and spent ten weeks driving through Europe with Billings.
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24. John 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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27. John 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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32. John Kennedy was hospitalized at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts from May to December 1944.
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34. John Kennedy established his residency at an apartment building on 122 Bowdoin Street across from the Massachusetts State House.
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35. At the start of his first term, John Kennedy focused on Massachusetts-specific issues by sponsoring bills to help the fishing, textile manufacturing, and watchmaking industries.
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39. John Kennedy proposed on July 2, 1957, that the US support Algeria's effort to gain independence from France.
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46. On Election Day, John Kennedy defeated Nixon in one of the closest presidential elections of the 20th century.
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51. John 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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69. In late 1961, John 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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72. John 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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75. John 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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79. John Kennedy assigned federal marshals to protect the Freedom Riders rather than using federal troops or uncooperative FBI agents.
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82. On March 6, 1961, John 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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86. That evening John 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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92. On November 21, 1962, in a cabinet meeting with NASA administrator Webb and other officials, John Kennedy explained that the Moon shot was important for reasons of international prestige, and that the expense was justified.
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100. Three months prior to his third birthday, in 1920, John Kennedy came down with scarlet fever, a highly contagious and life-threatening disease, and was admitted to Boston City Hospital.
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106. Many vividly remember where they were when they first learned the news that John 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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