On November 22, 1963, an unidentified woman placed a phone call to a news station, telling them John F Kennedy was about to be killed. The call was placed about 20 minutes before his assassination, from the vicinity of Oxnard, California, about fifty miles northwest of Los Angeles.
John F Kennedy donated his full salary both as president and during his 14 years in congress reaching around $500,000.
JFK was stranded on a desert island during WWII, and eventually rescued thanks to a coconut he had carved a distress message into. He later displayed this coconut in the Oval Office.
President Kennedy wanted to go to Mars not the Moon – but engineers told him it was ‘a little bit too far’. Nasa told him it would take at least 15 years before we could put a man on the Moon after a weekend of intense calculations.
John F. Kennedy enjoyed a “privileged childhood of elite private schools, sailboats, servants and summer homes” during the Great Depression. He later claimed that he only learned about the Great Depression in the books he read while attending Harvard.
John F. Kennedy’s last words were, “No, you certainly can’t” in response to the Governor of Texas’s wife, Nellie Connally saying, “you certainly can’t say that the people of Dallas haven’t given you a nice welcome.” Moments later he was assassinated.
It snowed 8 inches on the eve of John F. Kennedy’s inauguration. To clear Pennsylvania Avenue, an army of men worked all night, using flame-throwers.
When John F. Kennedy met Joseph Luns, the former Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kennedy asked for his hobbies and he answered: “I fok horses”, Kennedy, struck with surprise responded: “Pardon?”, Luns replied: “Yes, paarden!”. ‘Fokken’ means ‘to breed’, and ‘horses’ means ‘paarden’ in Dutch.
Even though he was teenager during the Great Depression of the 1930s, John F. Kennedy said in an interview with TIME that he “didn’t really learn about the depression until [he] read about it at Harvard.”