John F. Kennedy

November 25th, 1963 JFK laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

The youngest-ever person elected President at age 43, Kennedy assumed office at the height of the Cold War. As such his time in office was spent managing relations with the communist states.

In 1961 Kennedy approved the failed Bay of Pigs invasion in an attempt to overthrow the communist-aligned regime of Fidel Castro. A year later the discovery of Soviet nuclear weapons in Cuba caused the Cuban Missile Crisis, which was eventually resolved peacefully.

In other affairs Kennedy sent advisers to Vietnam and launched America into the Space Race with his famous “we choose to go to the Moon” speech in 1963. While he supported the Civil Rights Movement he was not successful in getting many of his New Frontier policies passed by Congress.

On November 22, 1963, he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas by Lee Harvey Oswald, and was succeeded by Lyndon B. Johnson.

Born: May 29, 1917
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, USA

Generation: Greatest Generation

Died: November 22, 1963 (aged 46)
Cause of Death: Assassination


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