My history hero: John F Kennedy (1917–63)

Television presenter Richard Madeley explains why he admires a 20th-century US president

John F Kennedy pictured in 1957

This article was first published in the December 2015 issue of BBC History Magazine 

John F Kennedy (1917–63) – also known as Jack or JFK – was the 35th president of the United States. Elected in 1960, he was assassinated in 1963 in Dallas, Texas. Lee Harvey Oswald was charged with the murder but was himself killed before he could stand trial. JFK’s presidency witnessed serious confrontations with the USSR, leading to the Bay of Pigs invasion and the Cuban missile crisis. Kennedy served in the US navy in the Second World War. He was married to Jacqueline Bouvier.

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