Early Life John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born in Brookline, Massachusetts on May 29, 1917. Attended a Catholic boys' boarding school in Connecticut called Canterbury. Completed college at Harvard University where he excelled in history topics. Joined the U.S. Navy where he earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for "Extremely heroic conduct" and a Purple Heart.
Career Ran for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1946 at the age of 29.He won the election and served three terms. In 1952, he was elected for a seat in the U.S. Senate where he served for 8 years. He ran for president in 1960 and narrowly beat Richard Nixon to become the 35th President of the United States of America. He was the second youngest president in history at the age of 43. He created the Peace Corps in 1961 and by the end of the century, over 170,000 volunteers served in over 130 countries. The biggest issue he faced while being president was the Cuban Missile Crisis. We were on the brink of nuclear warfare, and he was able to convince Soviet Union removed missiles and as long as we removed our missiles from Turkey. On November 22, in Dallas, Texas, Kennedy was riding down a street filled with people cheering and was shot twice by Lee Harvey Oswald and died.
Assassination Explanation Kennedy was in Dallas, Texas for a campaign appearance. While driving through downtown Dallas in a Lincoln Continental convertible, Lee Harvey Oswald fired at the car, shooting Kennedy twice. Kennedy died at Parkland Memorial Hospital at the age of 46 later that day. Lee Harvey Oswald was a 24-year-old warehouse worker who was a former Marine marksman.
Conspiracy Theories Some say that there was a second gunman that was shooting from the grassy knoll of Dealey Plaza who was never caught. Another theory also says that Kennedy was killed by CIA agents that were still outraged at the Bay of Pigs incident.
Other Information Kennedy almost died twice before he became president. Due to the Japanese ship tragedy, he suffered from health problems. He was diagnosed with Addison's disease and also nearly died from an infection after back surgery. September 12, 1953, Kennedy married Jacqueline Bouvier in Newport, Rhode Island.