77 Facts About President Kennedy

1. President Kennedy had to deal with many serious problems here in the United States.

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2. President Kennedy was eager for the United States to lead the way in exploring space.

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3. President Kennedy wanted the United States to move forward into the future with new discoveries in science and improvements in education, employment and other fields.

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4. At the age of 43, President Kennedy was the youngest man elected president and the first Catholic.

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5. President Kennedy led his men toward a small island several miles away.

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6. President Kennedy managed to find McMahon and haul him back to where the other survivors were clinging to a piece of the boat that was still afloat.

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7. President Kennedy tried to swerve out of the way, but to no avail.

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8. President Kennedy had a crew of twelve men whose mission was to stop Japanese ships from delivering supplies to their soldiers.

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9. The new President Kennedy refused to leave for Washington without Kennedy's remains and his widow.

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10. President Kennedy was a fan of fine cigars, and Cuban cigars in particular.

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11. In 1957, President Kennedy was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for his book, Profiles in Courage.

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12. President Kennedy died at Parkland Memorial Hospital shortly thereafter, at age 46.

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13. On November 8, 1960, President Kennedy defeated Nixon by a razor-thin margin to become the 35th president of the United States of America.

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14. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas, Texas.

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15. President Kennedy sent an army convoy to reassure West Berliners of US support, and would deliver one of his most famous speeches in West Berlin in June 1963.

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16. On September 12, 1953, President Kennedy married the beautiful socialite and journalist Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.

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17. President Kennedy helped some of his marooned crew back to safety, and was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for heroism.

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18. President Kennedy prays Almighty God to comfort the family and all those who mourn the septuagenarian and grant his soul eternal rest.

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19. On September 2, 1963, President 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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20. President Kennedy is the only president to have predeceased a grandparent.

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21. President Kennedy was posthumously awarded the Pacem in Terris Award.

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22. President Kennedy inspired affection and loyalty from the members of his team and his supporters.

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23. President Kennedy suffered from chronic and severe back pain, for which he had surgery and was written up in the American Medical Association's Archives of Surgery.

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24. President Kennedy was closely tied to popular culture, emphasized by songs such as "Twisting at the White House".

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25. President Kennedy met his future wife, Jacqueline Lee "Jackie" Bouvier, when he was a congressman.

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26. President Kennedy was a life member of the National Rifle Association.

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27. President Kennedy was greatly impressed by the Irish Cadets on his last official visit to Ireland, so much so that Jackie Kennedy requested the Irish Army to be the honor guard at her husband's funeral.

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28. On March 14, 1967, President Kennedy's remains were disinterred and moved only a few feet away to a permanent burial plot and memorial.

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29. President Kennedy 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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30. President Kennedy now became eager for the US to take the lead in the Space Race, for reasons of national security and prestige.

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31. President Kennedy watched King's speech on TV and was very impressed.

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

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33. President Kennedy assigned federal marshals to protect the Freedom Riders rather than using federal troops or uncooperative FBI agents.

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34. President Kennedy was concerned with other issues in the early part of his administration, such as the Cold War, Bay of Pigs fiasco, and the situation in Southeast Asia.

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

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36. President Kennedy was the first foreign leader to address the Houses of the Oireachtas.

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37. President Kennedy ended the arms embargo that the Eisenhower and Truman administrations had enforced on Israel.

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38. President 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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39. President Kennedy instructed Lodge to offer covert assistance to the coup, excluding assassination.

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40. In late 1961, President 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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41. President Kennedy announced a change of policy from support to partnership with Diem to defeat of communism in South Vietnam.

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42. When President 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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43. President Kennedy worked closely with Puerto Rican Governor Luis Munoz Marin for the development of the Alliance of Progress, and began working towards Puerto Rico's autonomy.

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44. President Kennedy faced a dilemma: if the US attacked the sites, it might lead to nuclear war with the USS.

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45. President Kennedy approved the final invasion plan on April 4, 1961.

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46. President 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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47. President 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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48. President 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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49. President 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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50. President Kennedy selected a mixture of experienced and inexperienced people to serve in his cabinet.

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51. President 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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52. President Kennedy became the youngest person ever elected to the presidency, though Theodore Roosevelt was a year younger at 42 when he automatically assumed the office after William McKinley's assassination in 1901.

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53. President Kennedy ignored the opposition of his brother, who wanted him to choose labor leader Walter Reuther, and other liberal supporters when he chose Johnson as his vice presidential nominee.

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54. President Kennedy won the West Virginia primary, impressing many in the party, but at the start of the 1960 Democratic National Convention, it was unclear as to whether he would win the nomination.

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55. President Kennedy traveled extensively to build his support among Democratic elites and voters.

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56. On January 2, 1960, President Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.

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57. President Kennedy finished second in the balloting, losing to Senator Estes Kefauver of Tennessee but receiving national exposure as a result.

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

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

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60. President Kennedy was hospitalized at the Chelsea Naval Hospital in Chelsea, Massachusetts from May to December 1944.

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61. President 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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62. In 1940, President Kennedy attempted to enter the army's Officer Candidate School, but was medically disqualified due to his chronic lower back problems.

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63. In early 1941, President Kennedy left and helped his father write a memoir of his time as an American ambassador.

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64. In 1940, President Kennedy completed his thesis, "Appeasement in Munich", about British participation in the Munich Agreement.

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65. President Kennedy made the Dean's List in his junior year.

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66. When President Kennedy was an upperclassman at Harvard, he began to take his studies more seriously and developed an interest in political philosophy.

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

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

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

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70. President Kennedy spent his first years at Choate in his older brother's shadow, and compensated with rebellious behavior that attracted a coterie.

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71. President 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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72. President Kennedy lived in Brookline for the first ten years of his life and attended the local St Aidan's Church, where he was baptized on June 19, 1917.

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73. President Kennedy continues to rank highly in historians' polls of US presidents and with the general public.

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74. On November 22, 1963, President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

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75. President Kennedy increased the number of American military advisers in South Vietnam by a factor of 18 over President Dwight D Eisenhower.

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76. President Kennedy was elected to the US Senate and served as the junior Senator from Massachusetts from 1953 to 1960.

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77. President Kennedy served at the height of the Cold War, and the majority of his presidency dealt with managing relations with the Soviet Union.

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