John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) was born on May 29th, 1917, in Brookline Massachusetts. With in his family his was nicknamed Jack. He was the second born of nine children 3 brothers 5 sisters. His parents were Joseph and Rose Kennedy, they were members of two fo Boston’s most prominent Irish Catholic political families.
In Kennedy’s early life he was diagnosed with a rare disorder called Addison’s disease. Besides that Kennedy live a privileged childhood going to private schools like Canterbury and Choate and spending summers in Hyannis port on Cape Cod. He went to college at Princeton University for about two months in 1935. Then he later enrolled into Harvard where he would graduate and get a bachelor of arts in government.
Cuban Missile Crisis
In 1941 Kennedy joined the Navy where he would become the person commanding the torpedo control. On August 2, 1943 Kennedy and his crew got struck by a Japanese destroyer Amagiri. The attack split PT 109 into two send all the crew members into the water. Thankfully Kennedy saved all eleven survivors and were all saved from a small island four days later which earned Kennedy his Purple Heart
Kennedy left the Navy in 1944 and ran for congress in 1946. He won and entered the 80th congress in january 1947. After nearly earning his party’s nomination for vice president Kennedy announced that he would run for president on January 2, 1960. In the election Kennedy faced Richard Nixon and won by a narrow margin less than 120,000 out of 70 million votes making him the youngest and first Roman Catholic president of the United States and his wife Jacqueline Kennedy the first lady.
On October 16, 1962 the U.S. and the Soviet Union both were in a 13 day political and military standoff know as the Cuban Missile Crisis. The soviets were nuclear missiles in Cuba which was only 90 miles away from the United States. Kennedy's response to this was to make a naval blockade around cuba to prevent the soviets from getting more materials into Cuba. This made many people fear that the world would have a nuclear war but was avoided once the U.S. agreed to let the soviets remove the missiles
On November 22, 1963, president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas Texas while he and his wife were visiting. He was shot in his neck first then was shot right in his head. After he was shot they tried to resuscitate him but was pronounced dead once they were at the hospital. The person they arrested was 24 year old Lee Harvey who was known to have sympathy for communist. He did not get to tell his story though because Jack Ruby a nightclub owner shot and killed him.