John F. Kennedy (1917-1963) was the youngest candidate ever to be elected president, and he served from 1961-1963. November 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of his tragic assassination. Kennedy came into office with a young wife, Jacqueline, and two children, Caroline and John Jr. The Kennedys were accustomed to having both children and animals in […]

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Fidel Castro JFK Assassination Suspects – Fidel Castro During the 1950s, the Caribbean island nation of Cuba was run by US-backed military dictator and president, Fulgencio Batista. In 1959, rebel leader Fidel Castro banded together with his brother Raul Castro and friend Che Guevera to stage a revolution. Castro successfully overthrew Batista, and began his […]

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Cuban Missile Crisis: The Brink of War In Saving Jackie K, JFK’s Vice President, Lyndon Baines Johnson, laments the Commander-in-Chief’s missteps regarding the communist island nation of Cuba. But no one can debate Kennedy’s success in thwarting the volatile Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962. On October 14, 1962, a US Air Force U-2 plane flying […]

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Nikita Khrushchev JFK Assassination Suspects – Nikita Khrushchev During the power struggle following the 1953 death of Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, Khrushchev eventually emerged victorious. By late 1956, the new leader taunted the US and its western allies with the threat, “Whether you like it or not, history is on our side. We will bury […]

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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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On April 21, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald engages in a debate on WDSU radio with an anti-Communist council member, and a Cuban refugee. Fair Play for Cuba – Oswald’s Lies At the start, the moderators introduce their guests, and give an overview of Oswald and the Fair Play for Cuba Committee. Bill Stuckey outlines its […]

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On August 17, 1963, three months before the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, Lee Harvey Oswald is interviewed on ‘Latin Listening Post,’ a WDSU radio program hosted by William K. Stuckey. Fair Play for Cuba – What We Do Oswald earns much-craved notoriety after being arrested for disturbing the peace in New Orleans. He […]

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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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The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic (AKA East Germany), at the direction of Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, starting on August 13, 1961, that completely cut off West Berlin from surrounding East Germany and from East Berlin. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls, which circumscribed a […]

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Following the Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy imposed travel restrictions on February 8, 1963, and the Cuban Assets Control Regulations were issued on July 8, 1963. The sanctions came under the Trading with the Enemy Act in response to Fidel Castro’s Cubans hosting Soviet nuclear weapons. Under these restrictions, Cuban assets in the U.S. were frozen […]

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