PHOTOS & VIDEOS
In 1960, at the age of 43, John F. Kennedy became the youngest elected president of the United States. He was also the first Roman Catholic to reach the nation’s highest office. Fifty years after the President was assassinated on November 22, 1963, Kennedy, his presidency, and his tragic death still touch the nation. Read this time line to find out more about JFK’s life and his accomplishments.
On May 29, John Fitzgerald Kennedy is born in Brookline, Massachusetts. Here, he is seen as a young boy dressed in a police officer costume.
Commanding the U.S. Navy boat PT-109, JFK heroically saves his crew after the boat is rammed by a Japanese destroyer in the South Pacific.
On September 12, JFK, now a U.S. senator from Massachusetts, marries Jacqueline Bouvier.
On January 20, JFK is inaugurated as president of the U.S., with his running mate Lyndon B. Johnson becoming vice president.
The Soviet Union places nuclear missiles in Cuba, prompting JFK to order a naval blockade of the island. The U.S. and the Soviet Union stand on the brink of war for 13 days. JFK and Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev (shown here in 1961) resolve the conflict peacefully.
For more about Kennedy's legacy, read the November 15, 2013 issue of TIME FOR KIDS.