Born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts.
Inaugurated as President on January 20, 1961
John F. Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas; while the presidential cortege was moving through the city streets, shots were heard.
Kennedy advocated improving relations between the United States and the USSR, but his reign was also marked by great foreign policy tensions: the unsuccessful landing at the Bay of Pigs (April 1961), the Berlin crisis, the Cuban missile crisis (October 1962). Under Kennedy, US intervention in the South Vietnamese civil war has intensified; in 1961, he sent the first regular units of the US armed forces to South Vietnam (before that, only military advisers were serving there). In September 1961, an organization called the Peace Corps was formed to help people in developing countries acquire basic work skills and knowledge. In 1961, the Union for Progress organization was created to promote the economic development of Latin American countries.
Kennedy advocated equality in black rights, taking the Abraham Lincoln model, supported Martin Luther King, and met him in Washington in 1963.
John F. Kennedy has done a lot for space exploration, initiating the launch of the Apollo program (“We decide to go to the moon”). He suggested that Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev join forces in preparing a flight to the moon, but he refused.
Also, one of the decisions of President Kennedy was the start of the release of the so-called. silver certificates, or Kennedy dollars – banknotes backed by reserves of precious metals and issued by the US government without the mediation of the Federal Reserve (with the inscription, respectively, the U.S. Note instead of the Federal Reserve Note, as on ordinary dollars). According to one of the conspiracy theories, this decision was the reason for a conspiracy against the president.