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.