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President John F. Kennedy

John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 and is often referred to by his initials, JFK. He was the thirty-fifth President of the United States, serving from 1961 until his assassination in 1963. JFK is the youngest and only practicing Roman Catholic to ever be elected president. He is also the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize.

Kennedy served over the Bay of Pigs Invasion, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the building of the Berlin Wall, the Space Race, the African American Civil Rights Movement, the creation of the Peace Corps, and early events of the Vietnam War.

John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, in Dallas, Texas during a public appearance. He was shot twice in the neck and head, and was pronounced dead at 1:00 PM. Lee Harvey Oswald was arrested at a movie theater at 1:50 PM. He denied shooting anyone, and was killed by Jack Ruby on November 24, before he could be tried.

President Lyndon B. Johnson created the Warren Commission chaired by Chief Justice Earl Warren to investigate the assassination. It concluded that Oswald was the lone assassin, but is still disputed by many scholars and eyewitnesses.

John. F. Kennedy is buried at Arlington National Cemetery with his wife, deceased children and his brother, Senator Robert Kennedy.


If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save few who are rich.
Ask not what america can do for you, but what we can do together to better the world.
A man does what he must - in spite of personal consequences, in spite of obstacles and dangers and pressures - and that is the basis of all human morality.
A nation that is afraid to let its people judge the truth and falsehood in an open market is a nation that is afraid of its people.
A young man who does not have what it takes to perform military service is not likely to have what it takes to make a living. Today's military rejects include tomorrow's hard-core unemployed.
All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin. And therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words "Ich bin ein Berliner!"
And so, my fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.
Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
Geography has made us neighbors. History has made us friends. Economics has made us partners, and necessity has made us allies. Those whom God has so joined together, let no man put asunder.

I am not the Catholic candidate for President. I am the Democratic Party's candidate for President, who happens also to be a Catholic.

I look forward to a future in which our country will match its military strength with our moral restraint, its wealth with our wisdom, its power with our purpose.