John F. Kennedy—known in his family as Jack—is born in Brookline, Massachusetts, a wealthy suburb of Boston. He is the second of Rose and Joseph Kennedy's nine children.
Marriage and Children 1953-1957
Jack Kennedy begins high school at Choate, an elite boarding school in Connecticut. Despite his high intelligence and academic potential, Jack earns only mediocre grades. He graduates from Harvard with a degree in International Affairs. His senior thesis, a critique of Britain's preparedness for World War II, will later serve as the foundation for his first book, Why England Slept.
Civil Rights June 11, 1963
Largely due to John F. Kennedy's younger brother, Bobby, becoming his campaign manager in the 1952 Senate race, John F. Kennedy is elected to the United States Senate. Joe Sr., Jack, and Bobby all consider the Senate seat to be a key step in Jack's political ascendancy.
JFK Assassination November 22, 1963
John F. Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier, a beautiful young journalist from a wealthy New England family, on Sep 12, 1953. Then, on November 27, 1957 they have their first child, Caroline Kennedy, who was born in New York city. They have two more children since Caroline.
In a televised address to the nation, Kennedy proposes the enactment of civil rights legislation, marking his first decisive action on civil rights. He announced that major civil rights legislation would be submitted to the Congress to guarantee equal access to public facilities, to end segregation in education, and to provide federal protection of the right to vote.
Lee Harvey Oswald shoots and kills John Fitzgerald Kennedy, the 35th president of the United States, while travelling through Dallas, Texas, in an open-top convertible.