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Attribution: Address to the nation announcing the blockade of Cuba to stop delivery of Soviet missiles.

Date: October 22,1962

John Fitzgerald  Kennedy


35th President of the United States (196163) Born in Brookline, MA. After graduating from Harvard (193640) he enlisted in the navy in 1941, and became commander of a PT boat in the Pacific in World War II. In action off the Solomon Islands (Aug., 1943), his boat was sunk, and Kennedy was credited with saving the life of at least one of his crew. From 194753 was a Massachusetts congressman. In 1952, he defeated Henry Cabot Lodge for a seat in the U.S. Senate. In 1960 he captured the Democratic nomination and selected Lyndon B. Johnson as his vice-presidential candidate. In the campaign that followed, Kennedy engaged in a series of televised debates with Republican opponent, Richard M. Nixon. Defeating Nixon, Kennedy became at 43 the youngest person ever, and the first Catholic, elected President.

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