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November 22, 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He was and still is one of the most iconic personalities in American history so we’ve pulled together 75 fascinating photos that show the life and times of JFK from his time growing up in Massachusetts to his final day in Dallas, TX, and everything in between.

Growing Up


John Fitzgerald Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Brookline, Massachusetts, circa 1919.


John F. Kennedy with dog, Bobby, at Hyannisport, Massachusetts, 1925.


John Fitzgerald Kennedy and sister Eunice, circa 1925. Brookline, Massachusetts, Naples Road.


The Kennedy Family in Hyannis Port,. L-R: John F. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy, Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., Patricia Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy, and Edward M. Kennedy (kneeling).


Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. with sons Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. (left) and John F. Kennedy (right). Palm Beach, Florida, 1931.


John F. Kennedy with “Dunker” during tour of Europe in the summer of 1937, The Hague, August 1937.


John F. Kennedy and brother Edward M. Kennedy aboard “Victura”, Kennedy’s sailboat, at Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.


Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., and John F. Kennedy arriving at Southampton, England, July 2, 1938.


Joseph P. Kennedy Jr., Kathleen Kennedy, and John F. Kennedy, sons and daughter of United States Ambassador to England Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., arrive at the House of Parliament in London to hear Prime Minister Chamberlain’s announcement that a state of war existed between England and Germany, September 1939.


John F. Kennedy graduates from Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, June 1940.

World War II


Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy, 1942.


PT Boat Officers (L-R) James (“Jim”) Reed, John F. (“Jack”) Kennedy, George (“Barney”) Ross [rear], and Paul (“Red”) Fay, circa 1943.


Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific, 1943.


Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific, 1943.


John F. Kennedy and crewmen of the PT-109. Back Row (L-R) Allan Webb, Leon Drawdy, Edgar Mauer, Edmund Drewitch, John Maguire, Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy (standing, far right). Front Row (L-R) Charles Harris, Maurice Kowal, Andrew Kirksey, and Lenny Thom. Solomon Islands.


John F. Kennedy and Paul “Red” Fay in the South Pacific, World War II 1943


John F. Kennedy examines the coconut husk he used for sending a rescue message in the South Pacific during WWII, Palm Beach, 1944.


The medals were presented to Lt. Kennedy in June 1944 for his heroics and injuries sustained in the rescue of the crew of PT 109 during WWII on August 2, 1943 when the motor torpedo boat was struck by a Japanese destroyer.


Citation for the Purple Heart awarded to Lieutenant John F. Kennedy for injury received as a result of enemy action on August 1, 1943 while serving in World War II. Signed by W.F. Halsey, Admiral, United States Navy.

Moving Into Politics


Fenway Park, Boston. April 1946. Ted Williams, Eddie Pellagrini, John F. Kennedy, and Hank Greenberg. Photographer not noted.


John, Robert and Teddy Kennedy in Hyannis Port, 1948.


Wedding of Jacqueline Bouvier and John F. Kennedy on 12 September 1953 at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, Rhode Island.


Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on their wedding day, September 12, 1953.


Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy and Senator John F. Kennedy at their wedding reception at Hammersmith Farm, Newport, Rhode Island, September 12, 1953.


John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy dance at their wedding reception, September 12, 1953.


Kennedy siblings at the wedding reception of Jacqueline Bouvier to John F. Kennedy, Hammersmith Farm, Newport, RI, 12 September 1953. Clockwise from left: Robert F. Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Edward M. Kennedy, Jean Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy.


Senator John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy on their honeymoon in Acapulco, Mexico, September 1953.

Campaign Trail


Senator John F. Kennedy of Massachusetts stops in a diner in Nashua, New Hampshire, during the New Hampshire Primary Campaign.


WHILE PART OF EVERY CANDIDATE’S RETINUE, SECURITY WAS SIMPLY NOT THE PRESSING, PUBLIC CONCERN IN 1960 THAT IT WOULD SUDDENLY AND NECESSARILY BECOME WITHIN A FEW SHORT YEARS. HERE, SEEMINGLY ALONE IN A CROWD IN LOGAN COUNTY, WEST VIRGINIA, JFK SPEECHIFIES FROM A KITCHEN CHAIR AS, MERE FEET AWAY, A YOUNG BOY ABSENTLY PLAYS WITH A JARRINGLY REALISTIC-LOOKING TOY GUN.


JOHN F. KENNEDY IN GRAND PRAIRIE, TEXAS, SEPTEMBER, 1960. IN THE JULY 25, 1960 ISSUE OF LIFE, THE MAGAZINE REPORTED ON JFK’S NOMINATION AS THE DEMOCRATIC NOMINEE IN TERMS THAT LEFT LITTLE DOUBT THAT A FORMIDABLE FIGURE — AND NOT SOME MERE HARVARD PRETTY BOY — HAD ARRIVED FOR GOOD ON THE NATIONAL SCENE. OF JACK AND HIS 34-YEAR-OLD BROTHER AND CAMPAIGN MANAGER, ROBERT, THE MAGAZINE WROTE: “STEAM-ROLLING THE CRAFTY OLD PROS OF THE PARTY WITH RUTHLESS EFFICIENCY, THEY BROUGHT A NEW ERA OF AMERICAN POLITICS AND DELIVERED THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY TO A BRAND-NEW AND YOUTHFUL SET OF OWNERS AND OPERATORS…. THE OLDER PROS, RESENTFUL OF [JFK'S] METHODS AND HIS SUCCESS, HAD ARGUED THAT HE WAS TOO YOUNG AND UNSEASONED. BUT THEIR ARGUMENT FAILED AGAINST A TOWERING FACT: KENNEDY HAD THE MAGIC ESSENTIAL FOR A CANDIDATE, THE ABILITY TO GET VOTES.”


KENNEDY ON THE STUMP, OCTOBER, 1960. IN AN ARTICLE PUBLISHED LATE IN THE CAMPAIGN, “TWO BROODING MEN IN A DAZZLING DUEL,” LIFE ARTICULATED BOTH THE AIM AND THE APPEAL OF THE MAGAZINE’S UNPRECEDENTED COVERAGE OF AN ELECTION THAT WAS QUITE OBVIOUSLY, WHEN ALL THE VOTES WERE FINALLY COUNTED, GOING TO BE AS CLOSE AS ANY IN HISTORY. ITS PHOTOGRAPHERS’ PICTURES, LIFE STATED, “SET DOWN THE MOMENTS OF DRAMA AND MEANING — INTIMATE OR DAZZLING, QUIET OR CLAMOROUS — OF A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN.”


IN THE EARLY MONTHS OF THE 1960 PRIMARY SEASON IT WAS ALREADY PLAIN THAT JFK ENJOYED ADVANTAGES THAT HIS OPPONENTS (SEN. HUBERT HUMPHREY, CALIFORNIA GOV. PAT BROWN, ET AL.) SIMPLY COULD NOT COUNTER. FIRST, KENNEDY WAS RUNNING A CAMPAIGN MARKED BY A KIND OF CATALYZING ENERGY AND BRIMMING WITH POLITICAL TALENT. BUT HE ALSO RELIED ON AN ARSENAL OF PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES THAT MOST OTHER POLITICIANS ONLY DREAM ABOUT: HE WAS YOUNG; HE WAS A GENUINE WAR HERO; HE WAS ABSURDLY HANDSOME; AND HE HAD THE INVALUABLE ABILITY TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE — WHETHER SPEAKING TO CROWDS, OR CONVERSING ONE-ON-ONE — THAT HE SAW THEM, HEARD THEM, GOT THEM.


JUST AS AMERICANS HAD NEVER BEFORE ENCOUNTERED A PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE LIKE JFK, THEY HAD MOST CERTAINLY NEVER SEEN A PROBABLE FIRST LADY QUITE LIKE JACQUELINE KENNEDY. BEAUTIFUL, CULTURED, AND LEGENDARILY STYLISH, JACKIE KENNEDY WAS FAR YOUNGER THAN EVEN HER VERY-YOUNG HUSBAND — SHE WAS JUST 31 YEARS OLD ON ELECTION NIGHT — BUT SHE CARRIED HERSELF WITH A KIND OF OFF-HAND POISE AND SELF-ASSURANCE THAT, FOR THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC, WAS IRRESISTIBLE.

 35th President of the United States


Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. Washington, DC 20 January 1961.


Inaugural Address of John F. Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. Washington, DC 20 January 1961.


President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy arrive at the National Guard Armory for President Kennedy’s Inaugural Ball, Washington, D.C. White House Secret Service agent Gerald A. “Jerry” Behn stands in back, between the President and First Lady.


Inauguration of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy, 35th President of the United States. Chief Justice Earl Warren administers the Oath of Office to President John F. Kennedy during ceremonies at the Capitol, 20 January 1961.


Speaking to Congress and the nation at the joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961, President Kennedy said : “I believe that 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 Earth.” National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA) achieved the goal of the first manned lunar landing on July 20, 1969.


Meeting with the Attorney General and Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. President Kennedy, Director Hoover, Attorney General Kennedy.


Only days before his 17th birthday, future President Bill Clinton meets JFK at the White House


President John F. Kennedy gives younger Kennedys a ride around the Kennedy compound on a golf cart, Hyannis Port, MA,


President John F. Kennedy speaks on the nation’s space effort, Rice University, Houston, Texas, September 12, 1962.


25 August 1963 President Kennedy with Mrs. Kennedy and daughter Caroline. Aboard the “Honey Fitz” off Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.


John F. Kennedy at NASA’s Cape Canaveral Missile Test Annex in 1962.


President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson Walk to Ceremony for Anniversary of First State Workmen’s Compensation Law


29 April 1962 Dinner for Nobel Prize Winners of the Western Hemisphere. President and Mrs. Kennedy greet Fredric March. White House, East Room.


President Kennedy, Caroline and John Jr. in the Oval Office, October 10, 1962


President John F. Kennedy speaks with singer Harry Belafonte and Julie Belafonte at a birthday party held for the President by Arthur Krim at Krim’s New York apartment.


22 May 1962 Dinner for the President of the Ivory Coast and Madame Houphouet-Boigny.


14 August 1963 President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., Mrs. Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy with Pushinka’s puppies Blackie and White Tips, and family dogs Shannon, Clipper, Wolfie, and Charlie. Hyannis Port, Squaw Island.


President John F. Kennedy Sails Aboard Yacht “Manitou” 12 August 1962


President John F. Kennedy and Former President General Dwight D. Eisenhower


Presentation of the Distinguished Service Medal to Admiral Robert L. Dennison. President Kennedy greets Clark Clifford. White House, Rose Garden.


28 August 1963 President Kennedy and his brothers, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy and Senator Edward M. Kennedy. White House, outside Oval Office.


President John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy Jr. in the Oval Office.


14 January 1963 President Kennedy delivers the 1963 State of the Union Address. Vice President Lyndon Johnson and Speaker of the House John McCormack are seen seated behind the President.


President John F. Kennedy Sails Aboard Yacht Manitou. 26 August 1962


Jacqueline Kennedy with Caroline and John Jr. on Christmas Day in Palm Beach, Florida, December 25, 1962.


President John F. Kennedy greets National Poster Children for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


President John F. Kennedy delivers a radio and television address to the nation regarding desegregation at the University of Alabama.


03 October 1962 President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy confer.


25 August 1963 President Kennedy and daughter Caroline. Aboard the “Honey Fitz” off Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.


President John F. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy, Jr., in Newport Rhode Island. 15 September 1963


3 October 1962 President Kennedy and Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy confer. White House, West Wing Colonnade.


31 August 1963 President Kennedy aboard the “Honey Fitz”, off Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.


President Kennedy with Caroline and John, the White House, March 28, 1963.


President John F. Kennedy with Guests at White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner


04 August 1962 President Kennedy and family, Hyannis Port.


31 August 1963 President Kennedy aboard the yacht “Honey Fitz”, off Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.


President John F. Kennedy and Astronaut John Glenn Look Inside Friendship 7 Space Capsule


President John F. Kennedy sails with his brother-in-law, actor Peter Lawford aboard the United States Coast Guard yacht “Manitou” off the coast of Johns Island, Maine.


Halloween visitors with the President. President Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr., Caroline Kennedy. White House, Oval Office.


10 October 1963 President Kennedy and his son, John F. Kennedy Jr. White House, West Wing Colonnade.


Caroline Kennedy whispers to her father during August 26, 1963 visit to Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.


President John F. Kennedy and Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson meet with organizers of “The March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom”, including Martin Luther King Jr. in the Oval Office, White House, Washington, D.C.


16 November 1963 Senator George Smathers of Florida and President John F. Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, Florida, Pad B, Complex 37, where they were briefed on the Saturn rocket by Dr. Werner Von Braun (not pictured).


16 November 1963 President John F. Kennedy is briefed by Dr. Wernher Von Braun regarding the Saturn rocket at Pad B, Complex 37, Cape Canaveral, Florida.


NASA Deputy Administrator Robert Seamans and Dr. Wernher von Braun explain the Saturn launch system to President John F. Kennedy at Cape Canaveral, Florida, November 16, 1963.

November 22, 1963


22 November 1963 Trip to Texas. President Kennedy speaks at parking lot rally. L-R: President Kennedy, [unidentified], Senator Ralph W. Yarborough, Governor John Connally, Vice President Johnson. Fort Worth, Texas, Texas Hotel.


22 November 1963 President Kennedy greets crowd at rally in parking lot in front of the Texas Hotel, Fort Worth, Texas. Photograph by Cecil Stoughton, White House, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston.


22 November 1963 President and Mrs. Kennedy arrive at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.


22 November 1963 President and Mrs. Kennedy arrive at Love Field, Dallas, Texas.


A 10-mile drive through Dallas and a speech on national security at the Trade Mart awaited President John F. Kennedy, as he, first lady Jacqueline Kennedy, Texas Gov. John Connally and Nellie Connally, departed Love Field on Nov. 22, 1963. Less than a hour later, three gunshots would shatter the president’s plans, and plunge the nation into profound grief. Take a trip back to that fateful day, 50 years ago. (Tom Dillard/Dallas Morning News/MCT)


22 November 1963 Presidential motorcade on Main Street at Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas.


22 November 1963 Bystander snaps the Presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas.


22 November 1963 Judge Sarah T. Hughes administers the Presidential Oath of Office to Lyndon Baines Johnson aboard Air Force One, at Love Field, Dallas Texas. Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Kennedy, Jack Valenti, Representative Albert Thomas, Representative Jack Brooks, Associate Press Secretary Malcolm Kilduff (holding microphone) and others witness.

President John F. Kennedy’s flag-draped casket lies in state in the East Room of the White House, Washington, D.C. Two members of the honor guard attend the casket.


24 November 1963 Mrs. Kennedy, her children, and members of the Kennedy family depart the Capitol building. L-R: Peter Lawford, Attorney General Kennedy, Patricia Kennedy Lawford, Caroline Kennedy, Mrs. John F. Kennedy, John F. Kennedy Jr.


25 November 1963 Procession to St. Matthew’s Cathedral. Caisson and casket, standard bearers, riderless horse (“Black Jack”), mourners. White House, North Front.

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