- NAME: John F. Kennedy
- OCCUPATION: Civil Rights Activist, U.S. President, U.S. Representative
- BIRTH DATE: May 29, 1917
- DEATH DATE: November 22, 1963
- EDUCATION: The Choate School, Harvard College
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Brookline, Massachusetts
- PLACE OF DEATH: Dallas, Texas
- Full Name: John Fitzgerald Kennedy
- AKA: JFK
- AKA: John F. Kennedy
- Nickname: "Jack"
- AKA: Jack Kennedy
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John F. Kennedy, the 35th U.S. president, negotiated the Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and initiated the Alliance for Progress. He was assassinated in 1963.
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John F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the second child of Joseph Patrick and Rose Kennedy. Rose Kennedy taught her son a love of American history and politics.
Considered an underdog candidate, John F. Kennedy decided to focus on looking and acting presidential. When he faced Richard Nixon in America's first televised debates, he won over the public with his confidence and charm.
On November 22, 1963, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas.
John F. Kennedy is remembered for challenging the American people: to put a man on the moon, to put aside racial prejudices, to join a volunteer corps. This special explores the life and legacy of the 35th President.
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