49 years ago on December 24, 1963, Idlewild Airport in Queens, NY was renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport in honor of America’s 35th president. Kennedy had been assassinated as his motorcade rode through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, one month earlier, on November 22, 1963.

Terminal 1 at JFK

JFK Airport is the busiest international air passenger gateway to the United States, handling more international traffic than any other airport in North America.

The first commercial flight at the airport was on July 1, 1948; the opening ceremony was attended by President Harry Truman.

Senator Ted Kennedy and his sister Jean Smith stand next to a new sign that reads “JFK.” They are at a ceremony renaming New York International Airport in honor of their brother, recently slain President Kennedy.

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