Born May 29 1917 Brookline, Massachusetts
Died November 22 1963 Dallas Texas
President of the USA January 20 1981 – November 22 1963
John F Kennedy also known as JFK was the 35th President of the United States. He was young and charismatic and his assassination in Dallas Texas brought the world to a stand still. Much controversy still surrounds his death 50 years later. Lee Harvey Oswald, a former sniper in the army was accused of his assassination but he was in turn assassinated 2 days later by Jack Ruby, before any trial could take place.
The controversy surrounding JFK’s death is largely based around a film of the assassination taking place. The President’s body appears to jerk forwards then backwards as if he is being shot from the front and the behind. Then there is remarkable accuracy of the shot. Was Lee Harvey Oswald a crazed gun man or was he working for the Russian’s or the Secret Service or someone else.
Kennedy’s ancestral family immigrated from County Wexford, Ireland to Massachusetts. In 1963 he visited Ireland where he has awarded honory degrees from Trinity College, Dublin and the National University of Ireland.
In 1935 aged 18 JFK made his first trip abroad to visit London with the intention of following in his brother’s footsteps by studying at the London School of Economics, but ill health forced his return to America. In 1936 he enrolled into Harvard
In 1941 Kennedy following a medical disqualification from the Army he enlisted in the US Navy. In 1943 he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his outstanding courage for his leadership and for saving several lives of his crew following an incident in which his Torpedo boat was rammed and attacked by a Japanese destroyer.
John F Kennedy was sworn in as President on January 20, 1961. During is anugural speech as President he delivered one of his most memorable quotes.
“Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.”
His time as President was over shadowed by the climax of the Cold War – In particular the Cuban Missile Crisis and the failed “Bay of Pigs Invasion” where he ordered a CIA led invasion of Cuba to topple the Fidel Castro regime.
The early sixties also saw the beginning of the Space Race. Following the Soviet mission that saw Yuri Gagarin become the first man in space, he announced the intention of the US to send a man to the moon.
“First, I believe that this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth. No single space project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important for the long-range exploration of space; and none will be so difficult or expensive to accomplish”
Here are some of the shorter famous JFK quotes.
“A child miseducated is a child lost”
“We must use time as a tool, not as a couch.”
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future”
“The human mind is our fundamental resource”
“America has tossed its cap over the wall of space.”
“Once you say you’re going to settle for second, that’s what happens to you in life.”
“I’m an idealist without illusions.”
“War will exist until that distant day when the conscientious objector enjoys the same reputation and prestige that the warrior does today.”
“Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.”
Domestic policy can only defeat us; foreign policy can kill us.
“The time to repair the roof is when the sun is shining.”
“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.”
“Man is still the most extraordinary computer of all.”
“A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on.”
“It is an unfortunate fact that we can secure peace only by preparing for war.”
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