Facts About John F. Kennedy

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John F. Kennedy (JFK), of Irish descent, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. JFK graduated from Harvard in 1940 and subsequently entered the Navy before entering politics.

Fact 1. JFK came from a politically inclined family of nine siblings. His parents were Joseph Patrick Kennedy and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy.

Fact 2. His inaugural Presidential Address contained the famous quote ‘œAsk not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.’

Fact 3.   In 1961, JKF created the Peace Corps, a service-oriented organization aimed at sending Americans overseas in services that would develop and strengthen relations with the developing world.

Fact 4.  JFK was named in honor of his maternal grandfather, John Francis Fitzgerald.

Fact 5.  JFK suffered a lifelong bad back due to an injury sustained when he ruptured a disk in his spine while playing football.

Fact 6. During the Japanese War, JFK was assigned to the South Pacific as the commander of a patrol torpedo boat, the PT-109.  When his boat was hit, JFK towed one of his injured crewmembers, Patrick McMohan, to shore, using his teeth to clench the jacket of his injured crewmember.

Fact 7. In 1957, JFK was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for his book called Profiles in Courage.

Fact 8.  After he returned from the war, he joined politics, became a Democratic Congressman, and advanced to the Senate in 1953.

Fact 9. JFK was the first Roman Catholic and the youngest President at the age of 43.

Fact 10.  JFK was assassinated on November 21, 1963. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder. Unfortunately, on November 24, 1963, another person by the name of Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald which hindered the investigations behind the murder of JFK.

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