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JFK Milestones Archives - Page 2 of 4 - L.D.C. Fitzgerald, JFK Novelist

Fifty-three years ago, John F. Kennedy (JFK) announced his candidacy for president with a speech at the Senate entitled, “Conviction that I can win.” As Senator Kennedy announces his candidacy, he enumerates his qualifications, and declares his conviction that he can win both the nomination and the election. I am announcing today my candidacy for […]

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December 6, 1963: President Johnson (LBJ) presents the Medal of Freedom Award posthumously to President Kennedy (JFK) in the State Dining Room at the White House. JFK had tragically been assassinated by sniper gunfire one week earlier, and his Vice President, Lyndon Johnson, immediately became President. The Medal of Freedom was established in July 1945, […]

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A new tribute to President John F. Kennedy will be unveiled Thursday in Fort Worth. The memorial reconnects the city with JFK’s trip there on November 22, 1963. Just hours before his untimely death, President Kennedy gave his penultimate speech at 8:45 am to a group assembled in a parking lot near the Texas Hotel […]

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52 years ago, on November 8, 1960, John F. Kennedy beat Richard M. Nixon in the presidential election, becoming the 35th American president. In the national popular vote, Kennedy beat Nixon by just one tenth of one percentage point (0.1%)–the closest popular-vote margin of the 20th century. Kennedy won by 303 electoral votes. The election […]

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In 1946, 66 years ago, JFK was elected to the House of Representatives from the 11th District of Massachusetts. In that year, US Representative James Michael Curley vacated his seat in the strongly Democratic 11th Congressional district in Massachusetts–at JFK’s father’s urging–to become mayor of Boston. John Kennedy ran for the seat, beating his Republican […]

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September 20, 1963: In an address before the United Nations, JFK proposes a joint space venture with the USSR, a bold move during the height of the Cold War. As President Kennedy proposes the joint expedition to the moon between Americans and Soviets, he famously asks, “Space offers no problems of sovereignty . . . […]

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On September 12, 1953, then-US Representative John Fitzgerald Kennedy (JFK) married Jacqueline Bouvier after sixteen months of courtship. A fashionable debutante twelve years his junior, Jackie was an educated woman fluent in several languages. As First Lady, she would coordinate the first major White House renovation in a century. They married at St. Mary’s Roman […]

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On September 12, 1960, then-Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kennedy (JFK), a Catholic, addressed the Greater Houston Ministerial Association, a group of Protestant ministers, on the issue of separation of church and state. As a Catholic candidate, some speculated that Kennedy would capitulate to the Pope. “I believe in an America that is officially neither […]

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On September 12, 1962, JFK delivered his famous “Moon Speech” at Rice University in Houston. He challenged Americans to land on the moon before the end of the 1960s. “We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.” Here […]

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The Martin Agency created this poster series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s first year in office. To commemorate the diversity of the key events from that single tumultuous year, each poster incorporated the same photo of JFK, overprinted with a different woodblock illustration. As one of his first presidential acts, Kennedy […]

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