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Posts tagged “John F. Kennedy

Lee Harvey Oswald

Lee Harvey Oswald
Lee Harvey Oswald in 1959, the year of his short-lived defection to the Soviet Union,. Four years later he would murder President John F. Kennedy.

Lee Harvey Oswald
Original B&W photo.

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P. J. Kennedy

PJ_KennedySeen here about 1900, the first of the Kennedy clan to take part in American politics, in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives and the Massachusetts State Senate, Patrick Joseph “P. J.” Kennedy’s grandson would eventually be the US President, John F. Kennedy.

PJ_Kennedy
Original B&W photo.


President in Waiting

John F. Kennedy and Ensign Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., circa May, 1942
John F. Kennedy (left) and his elder brother Joseph Patrick, in May 1942. In this picture, it was Joe who was the “President in Waiting”. Their father, Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr, was in the political wilderness because he had supported Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Hitler and the Nazis, and he placed all his political ambition on the shoulders of Joe. When Joe was killed in 1944, that ambition was transferred to the next son, JFK.

JFK/PP83
Original B&W photo.


Kennedy and the Space Race

Kennedy Giving Historic Speech to Congress 25 May 1961President John F. Kennedy gives a historic message to a joint session of Congress, on May 25, 1961. Behind Kennedy are Vice President Lyndon Johnson, on the left,, and Sam T. Rayburn, Speaker of the House .

Included in the speech were the words: “I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth.”

Kennedy Giving Historic Speech to Congress 25 May 1961
Original B&W photo.


John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier  June 27, 1953.
John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier on June 27, 1953, just three days after their engagement.

John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier  June 27, 1953.
Original B&W photo.