John F Kennedy Fast Facts

Thirty-Fifth President of the United States

John F Kennedy, 1962
John F Kennedy, 1962. Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917 - 1963) served as America's thirty-fifth president. He was the first Catholic elected to the office, and he and his wife brought glamour to the White House. Many key events happened during his time in office including the Alan Shepard going into space and the Cuban Missile Crisis. Sadly, he was assassinated on November 22, 1963

Here is a quick list of fast facts for John F Kennedy.

For more in depth information, you can also read the John F Kennedy Biography.


May 29, 1917


November 22, 1963

Term of Office:

January 20, 1961 - November 22, 1963

Number of Terms Elected:

1 term; Was assassinated while in office

First Lady:

Jacqueline L. Bouvier

John F Kennedy Quote:

"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible make violent revolution inevitable."
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Major Events While in Office:

  • Peace Corps created (1961)
  • Bay of Pigs (1961)
  • Berlin Wall built (1961)
  • Alan Shepard, Jr. became the first American in space (1961)
  • Twenty-Third Amendment was ratified giving the residents of the District of Columbia the right to vote in presidential elections (1961)
  • Cuban Missile Crisis (1962)

States Entering Union While in Office:

  • None

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