Life and Activities 1917 - 1963

1926 JFK in Football Uniform
of Dexter Academy

1926 JFK Navy Id card

Lt. John F. Kennedy in South Pacific

1957, John F. Kennedy
Biography to 1960 before of the presidential election
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May 29: John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in Brookline (Massachussetts/USA) being the second of nine children of the businessman and diplomat Joseph P. Kennedy (1888-1969) and his wife Rose, née Fitzgerald (1890-1995) in Brookline (Massachussetts/USA). John F. Kennedy‘s great-grandparents had been emigrated from Ireland in 1849 to the USA and settled down in Boston.
Family moves to New York City.
Kennedy‘s father purchases the summer house in Hyannis Port/Massachussetts – until today summer residence of the family.
Attendance at the catholic boarding school Canterbury/Connecticut.
Admission to the protestant boarding school Chaote/Connecticut.
After the graduation trip to England to register at the London School of Economics. An illness forces Kennedy to return to the USA.
In autumn matriculation at Princeton University, he has to cancel his studies again due to health reasons.
Studies Political Sciences at Harvard University.
Trips to France, Spain and Italy.
Reception at the Pope.
In December his father Joseph P. Kennedy becomes ambassador of the USA in Great Britain.
May 29: Just as all his siblings, John F. Kennedy gets a 1 million dollar trust from his father for his 21st birthday.
Trips to Poland, Russia, Germany, France and Turkey.
Working at the London embassy.
June 21: Graduation Political Sciences. The title of his graduation essay is "Appeasement in Munich: The inevitable result of the slowness of the British democracy at the renunciation of a disarmament policy".
July: Publication of the revised graduation essay with the title "Why England Slept". The book becomes a bestseller with 40,000 sold copies.
Studies Business Economics at Stanford University/California,resigning early.
September: Entering the navy.
Working at the naval intelligence in Washington.
January: Relocation to Charleston/South Carolina.
from July: Training for duty at sea.
March: Kennedy gets the commandership for the patrol torpedo boat PT 109 in the Southern Pacific
August 2: The PT 109 is sunk by a Japanese destroyer; the crew is saved on August 7. Kennedy is celebrated as a hero in the American press.
December: Relocation to the USA.
August: After the deadly plane crash of his elder brother, John F. Kennedy is supposed to realize his father‘s political plans.
April: End of military service.
Summer: working as correspondent for Hearst-Press, Kennedy reports about the founding assembly of the United Nations in San Francisco, about the British Parliament elections and the Conference of Potsdam. Another illness forces Kennedy to return to the USA.
November 5: In Boston elected into the House of Representatives for the Democratic Party.
Summer: Trip to Ireland and England.
After a breakdown in London, Kennedy is diagnosed with Addison’s syndrome.
November 4: Election to the Senate.
September 12: Kennedy marries Jaqueline Bouvier (1929-1994). They have three children: Caroline (born 1957), John F. Kennedy Jr. (1960- 1999) and Patrick Bouvier Kennedy (1963-1963) who is dying only two days after his birth.
Senator of Massachussetts. His main interests are foreign affairs and the work laws.
Longer stays in hospitals due to two back surgeries.
He starts to write his essay "Profiles in Courage".
August: Publication of "Profiles in Courage".
Kennedy nominates Adlai Stevenson to become presidential candidate at the Democratic Party Congress, but looses to be nominated candidate for vice-presidency himself.

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