38 Facts About President John F Kennedy

1. President John F Kennedy was the youngest person to assume the presidency by election.

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2. Young President John F Kennedy attended the Riverdale Country School – a private school for boys – from 5th to 7th grade, and was a member of Boy Scout Troop 2 in Bronxville, New York.

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3. In September 1931, President John F Kennedy started attending Choate School, a prestigious preparatory boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut.

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4. Defiantly President John F Kennedy took a cue and named his group "The Muckers Club", which included roommate and lifelong friend Kirk LeMoyne "Lem" Billings.

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5. In September 1935, President John F Kennedy made his first trip abroad when he traveled to London with his parents and his sister Kathleen.

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6. In July 1937, President John F Kennedy sailed to France—taking his convertible—and spent ten weeks driving through Europe with Billings.

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7. In 1939, President 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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8. In 1940 President John F Kennedy completed his thesis, "Appeasement in Munich", about British negotiations during the Munich Agreement.

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9. In 1940, President John F Kennedy attempted to enter the army's Officer Candidate School.

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10. In January 1942, President John F Kennedy was assigned to the ONI field office at Headquarters, Sixth Naval District, in Charleston, South Carolina.

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11. Ambling around the plots near the tiny St Columba's chapel, President John F Kennedy paused over Koehler's white granite cross grave marker and pondered his own mortality, hoping out loud that when his time came, he would not have to die without religion.

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12. On October 8, 1943, President John F Kennedy was promoted to full lieutenant.

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13. On March 1, 1945, President John F Kennedy retired from the Navy Reserve on physical disability and was honorably discharged with the full rank of lieutenant.

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14. At the start of his first term, President John F Kennedy focused on Massachusetts-specific issues by sponsoring bills to help the fishing, textile manufacturing, and watchmaking industries.

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15. On September 3, 1959, President John F Kennedy cosponsored the Cape Cod National Seashore bill with his Republican colleague Senator Leverett Saltonstall.

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16. Additionally, Bobby President John F Kennedy worked for McCarthy's subcommittee, and McCarthy dated President John F Kennedy's sister Patricia.

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17. Conversely, President John F Kennedy wore makeup and appeared relaxed, which helped the large television audience to view him as the winner.

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18. The speech was intended for domestic audiences in the Soviet Union, but President John F Kennedy interpreted it as a personal challenge.

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19. Biographer Richard Reeves said that President John F Kennedy focused primarily on the political repercussions of the plan rather than military considerations.

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20. In March 1962, President John F Kennedy rejected Operation Northwoods, proposals for false flag attacks against American military and civilian targets, and blaming them on the Cuban government in order to gain approval for a war against Cuba.

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21. In concurrence with a majority-vote of the NSC, President John F Kennedy decided on a naval quarantine.

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22. When President John F Kennedy took office, he privately instructed the CIA that any plan must include plausible deniability by the US His public position was in opposition.

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23. In March 1961, President John F Kennedy voiced a change in policy from supporting a "free" Laos to a "neutral" Laos, indicating privately that Vietnam, and not Laos, should be deemed America's tripwire for communism's spread in the area.

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24. In late 1961, President 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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25. Such an action would have been a policy reversal, but President John F Kennedy was publicly moving in a less hawkish direction since his speech on world peace at American University on June 10, 1963.

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26. The US Senate ratified this and President John F Kennedy signed it into law in October 1963.

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27. Attorney General Robert President John F Kennedy took the position that steel executives had illegally colluded to fix prices.

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28. Robert President John F Kennedy called Georgia governor Ernest Vandiver and obtained King's release from prison, which drew additional black support to his brother's candidacy.

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29. On March 6, 1961, President 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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30. Meredith did finally enroll for a class, and President John F Kennedy regretted not sending in troops earlier.

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31. On November 20, 1962, President John F Kennedy signed Executive Order 11063, which prohibited racial discrimination in federally supported housing or "related facilities".

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32. That evening President 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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33. On November 21, 1962, in a cabinet meeting with NASA administrator Webb and other officials, President 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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34. On March 14, 1967, President John F Kennedy's remains were disinterred and moved only a few feet away to a permanent burial plot and memorial.

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35. Mrs President John F Kennedy brought new art and furniture to the White House and directed its restoration.

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36. Three months prior to his third birthday, in 1920, President 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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37. On September 2, 1963, President John F Kennedy helped inaugurate network television's first half-hour nightly evening newscast according to an interview with CBS Evening News anchor Walter Cronkite.

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38. Many vividly remember where they were when they first learned the news that President 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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