As Americans celebrate this memorial day, remember the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy, born 100 years ago today, on Monday.
While the 35th President left a mixed legacy after his assassination in Dallas in 1963, Kennedy remains almost as popular today as he was during his time in office, and he’s probably the idea of a President “brand” have become commonplace in American politics.
“President Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy worked hard to build a positive image of themselves, what I the Kennedy brand,” said Michael Hogan, author of ” The life after the death of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: A biography.’ “And because the story remember so much with forgetting as the they made all efforts to filter out information inconsistent with this picture.”
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In commemoration of JFK’s 100th birthday, Fox News and an overview of the life of the 35th President has put together:
- Born on 29 may 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, Joseph “Joe” Kennedy and Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald Kennedy
- In 1940, Kennedy cum laude from Harvard College with a Bachelor of Arts in government
- From 1941 to 1945, Kennedy ordered three patrol torpedo boats in the South Pacific during the second world war, including the PT-109, was sunk by a Japanese destroyer
- In 1946, Kennedy was elected to Congress for Massachusetts’ 11 electoral district and served three terms
- Elected to the US to represent the Senate, Massachusetts in 1952
- Kennedy marries Jacqueline Bouvier, a writer with the Washington Times-Herald, 1953
- Receives the Pulitzer prize in 1957 for his book “Profiles in Courage”
- The elected President of the United States in 1960, becoming the youngest person to be elected to the highest office, and the first Roman Catholic President.
- He is credited with monitoring the creation and introduction of the Peace Corps
- To support sent 3,000 American troops, the abolition of racial segregation at the University of Mississippi after riots there left two dead and many injured
- Approved of the failed Bay of pigs invasion in April 1961, the intention to overthrow the Cuban leader Fidel Castro
- In 1962, Kennedy and the Cuban missile headed niche-missile-crisis — as one of the most important periods of the United States of the Cold war with the Soviet Union
- Under a nuclear testing ban Treaty with the Soviet Union in July 1963
- Asked to approve the Congress, the more than $22 billion for the Apollo project with the goal of landing an American on the moon by the end of the 1960s
- Escalating involvement in the conflict in Vietnam, and approved the overthrow of Vietnamese President Ngô Đình Diệm. By the time of the end of the war in 1975, more than 58,000 U.S. troops were in the conflict killed
- Murdered by Lee Harvey Oswald in Dallas, Texas, November 22, 1963
The Associated Press contributed to this report.