John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, on May 29, 1917. He was the second son of nine children born to the multimillionaire business executive and financier Joseph P. Kennedy.
In 1930, Kennedy attended the Canterbury parochial school and in 1931, and the Choate School. People liked him more for his personality than his achievements. He was often ill during his childhood and spent most of his time reading. He met his wife in 1952 at a dinner party in Washington.
Bay of Pigs
Kennedy was shipped to the South Pacific to fight in the war against Japan. In March 1943 he was given command of a patrol torpedo boat, a small, fast boat armed with weapons, including torpedoes. In August his boat was sliced in two by a Japanese destroyer and two of his crew were killed. Several days later, having displayed great courage, leadership, and endurance, Kennedy succeeded in having his men rescued.
Kennedy has lost the vice president nomination at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago 1956, so he decided to run for president. In January 1960, he announced his candidacy and made multiple tours and won the Democratic primaries in New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Indiana, Ohio, Oregon, Maryland, Nebraska, and West Virginia.
On April 17, 1961, fourteen hundred Cuban exiles, supported by the U.S., invaded Cuba at the Bay of Pigs. On April 18, the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev sent a note to Kennedy stating that his gov't would help the Cuban gov't resist an attack, however the invasion had failed.
Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963. It is generally believed that Lee Harvey Oswald is to blame, using a rifle equipped with a telescopic lens, but others believe it was more than one person who killed Kennedy.