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Posted on Monday 25th November

On 25 November 1963, the state funeral of the 35th US President, John F Kennedy, took place.

Three day earlier, on 22 November 1963, the world was horror-struck by the news that Kennedy was dead – shot by a hidden assassin in Dallas, Texas. JFK, the youngest man elected President and the youngest President to die at 46 years old, was hardly past his first thousand days in office when the bullet struck as his motorcade made its way through Dallas.

Kennedy entered the US Navy after graduating from Harvard in 1940 and served as Military Service-Commander of Motor Torpedo Boats PT-109 and PT-59 in the South Pacific in the Second World War. When his PT boat was rammed and sunk by a Japanese destroyer in 1943, he led the survivors to safety, despite being injured in the attack.

After the war he became a Democratic Congressman and advanced to the Senate in 1953. he married Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953, and in 1955 won a Pulitzer Prize in history for his work Profiles of Courage.

In January 1961, Kennedy became the first Roman Catholic President, winning by a narrow margin in the popular vote. His Inaugural Address included the famous line,
"Ask not what your country can do for you - ask what you can do for your country." He wished America to resume its old mission as the first nation dedicated to the revolution of human rights.

Events of note which took place during his short presidency include the Bay of Pigs Invasion and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Space Race - culminating in the moon landing, the ongoing Cold War and the building of the Berlin Wall, the Civil Rights Movement and the early stages of the Vietnam War.

For details of relevant books which may be of interest, see the Pen & Sword Books blog, or visit www.pen-and-sword.co.uk/jfk.

Further Reading


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The assassination of political, religious and military leaders, often dictators, is frequently seen as the short cut to solving a particular problem. The author takes issue with this argument. Examining a series of linked assassinations together with their causes and effects, he seeks to demonstrate that in many cases the killings have produced unforeseen and unintended consequences that all too often result in the opposite result to that desired.

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