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  • Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday May 29, 1917

    Birth

    Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday May 29, 1917

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, at 83 Beals Street in suburban Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.




  • Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 19, 1917

    Baptized

    Brookline, Massachusetts, U.S.
    Tuesday Jun 19, 1917

    Kennedy lived in Brookline for the first ten years of his life and attended the local St. Aidan's Church, where he was baptized on June 19, 1917.




  • Europe & Middle East
    Friday Sep 01, 1939

    Europe tour

    Europe & Middle East
    Friday Sep 01, 1939

    In 1939 Kennedy toured Europe, the Soviet Union, the Balkans, and the Middle East in preparation for his Harvard senior honors thesis. He then went to Czechoslovakia and Germany before returning to London on September 1, 1939, the day that Germany invaded Polandto mark the beginning of World War II.




  • Cambridge, Massachusrtts, U.S.
    1940

    Graduated

    Cambridge, Massachusrtts, U.S.
    1940

    In 1940 Kennedy graduated from Harvard with a Bachelor of Arts in government, concentrating on international affairs.




  • Cambridge, Massachusrtts, U.S.
    Sep, 1940

    Harvard College

    Cambridge, Massachusrtts, U.S.
    Sep, 1940

    In September 1936, Kennedy enrolled at Harvard College.




  • U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 24, 1941

    Joined the United States Naval Reserve

    U.S.
    Wednesday Sep 24, 1941

    On September 24, 1941, with the help of the director of the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI)—who was the former naval attaché to Joseph Kennedy—Kennedy joined the United States Naval Reserve.




  • Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands
    Friday Apr 24, 1942

    PT-109

    Tulagi Island, Solomon Islands
    Friday Apr 24, 1942

    On April 24, he took command of PT-109, which was based at the time on Tulagi Island in the Solomons.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Jul 12, 1942

    First Command

    U.S.
    Sunday Jul 12, 1942

    His first command was PT-101 from December 7, 1942, until February 23, 1943


  • U.S.
    Monday Oct 26, 1942

    Commissioned an ensign

    U.S.
    Monday Oct 26, 1942

    On October 10, he was promoted to lieutenant junior grade.


  • U.S.
    Sunday Oct 10, 1943

    Lieutenant junior grade

    U.S.
    Sunday Oct 10, 1943

    On October 10, he was promoted to lieutenant junior grade.


  • The English Canal, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 12, 1944

    Older brother killed

    The English Canal, United Kingdom
    Saturday Aug 12, 1944

    On August 12, 1944, Kennedy's older brother, Joe Jr., a navy pilot, was killed while volunteering for a special and hazardous air mission. His explosive-laden plane blew up when the plane's bombs detonated prematurely while the aircraft was flying over the English Channel.


  • U.S.
    Thursday Mar 01, 1945

    Kennedy Retired

    U.S.
    Thursday Mar 01, 1945

    On March 1, 1945, Kennedy retired from the Navy Reserve on physical disability and was honorably discharged with the full rank of lieutenant.


  • U.S.
    Saturday Jan 02, 1960

    Presidential Nomination Announcement

    U.S.
    Saturday Jan 02, 1960

    On January 2, 1960, Kennedy announced his candidacy for the Democratic presidential nomination.


  • Saint Anselm College, Goffstown, New Hampshire, U.S.
    Thursday May 05, 1960

    Saint Anselm College Speech

    Saint Anselm College, Goffstown, New Hampshire, U.S.
    Thursday May 05, 1960

    Kennedy gave a speech at Saint Anselm College on May 5, 1960, regarding America's conduct in the emerging Cold War. The address detailed how the American foreign policy should be conducted towards African nations, noting a hint of support for modern African nationalism by saying, "For we, too, founded a new nation on revolt from colonial rule".


  • Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Jan 20, 1961

    A President

    Washington D.C., U.S.
    Friday Jan 20, 1961

    John F. Kennedy was sworn in as the 35th president at noon on January 20, 1961.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 04, 1961

    Final Invasion Plan

    U.S.
    Tuesday Apr 04, 1961

    The Eisenhower administration had created a plan to overthrow Fidel Castro's regime in Cuba. Led by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), with help from the U.S. military, the plan was for an invasion of Cuba by a counter-revolutionary insurgency composed of U.S.-trained, anti-Castro Cuban exiles led by CIA paramilitary officers. The intention was to invade Cuba and instigate an uprising among the Cuban people, hoping to remove Castro from power. Kennedy approved the final invasion plan on April 4, 1961.


  • Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    Bay of Pigs

    Cuba
    Monday Apr 17, 1961

    The Bay of Pigs Invasion began on April 17, 1961.


  • Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    Bay of Pigs Negotiations

    Cuba
    Wednesday Apr 19, 1961

    By April 19, 1961, the Cuban government had captured or killed the invading exiles, and Kennedy was forced to negotiate for the release of the 1,189 survivors. Twenty months later, Cuba released the captured exiles in exchange for $53 million worth of food and medicine.


  • Vienna, Austria
    Sunday Jun 04, 1961

    Khrushchev meeting

    Vienna, Austria
    Sunday Jun 04, 1961

    On June 4, 1961, the president met with Khrushchev in Vienna and left the meetings angry and disappointed that he had allowed the premier to bully him, despite the warnings he had received.


  • Cuba
    Saturday Oct 14, 1961

    Soviets' construction of intermediate-range ballistic missile sites in Cuba

    Cuba
    Saturday Oct 14, 1961

    On October 14, 1962, CIA U-2 spy planes took photographs of the Soviets' construction of intermediate-range ballistic missile sites in Cuba. The photos were shown to Kennedy on October 16; a consensus was reached that the missiles were offensive in nature and thus posed an immediate nuclear threat.


  • U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 1962

    Soviet ships arriving off Cuba

    U.S.
    Wednesday Oct 24, 1962

    The U.S. Navy would stop and inspect all Soviet ships arriving off Cuba, beginning October 24.


  • U.S.S.R. (Now Russia)
    Sunday Oct 28, 1962

    Dismantle the missile sites

    U.S.S.R. (Now Russia)
    Sunday Oct 28, 1962

    On October 28, Khrushchev agreed to dismantle the missile sites, subject to UN inspections.


  • Dallas, Texas, U.S.
    Friday Nov 22, 1963
    12:30:00 PM

    Assassination

    Dallas, Texas, U.S.
    Friday Nov 22, 1963

    President Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas, at 12:30 pm Central Standard Time on Friday, November 22, 1963.


  • U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 26, 1963

    Withdraw 1,000 troops

    U.S.
    Tuesday Nov 26, 1963

    After Kennedy's assassination, President Johnson signed NSAM 273 on November 26, 1963. It reversed Kennedy's decision to withdraw 1,000 troops and reaffirmed the policy of assistance to the South Vietnamese.


  • Vietnam
    Monday Mar 08, 1965

    Committed the first combat troops to Vietnam

    Vietnam
    Monday Mar 08, 1965

    On March 8, 1965, his successor, President Lyndon Johnson, committed the first combat troops to Vietnam and greatly escalated U.S. involvement, with forces reaching 184,000 that year and 536,000 in 1968.


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