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John Fitzgerald KennedyJohn Fitzgerald Kennedy: A Chronology of His Life and Career

John F. Kennedy was born into a politically active family. His paternal grandfather, Patrick J. Kennedy, was a Massachusetts State Senator, as was his maternal grandfather, John F. Fitzgerald, who also served in the U.S. House of Representatives. His father, Joseph P. Kennedy, was a self-made millionaire who served as the first chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission and as U.S. Ambassador to Great Britain. John was initially slated to become a writer or teacher, but the death of his brother Joseph in World War II led him into the "family business."

May 29, 1917   Born in Brookline, Massachusetts.
1930   Sent to the Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut.
1931   Transferred to Choate Academy in Wallingford, Connecticut.
1935   Studied at the London School of Economics.
1936   Entered Harvard University.
1940   Published his senior thesis, Why England Slept, which subsequently became a best-seller.
1940   Graduated cum laude from Harvard.
1940   Studied at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
1941   Enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
August 2, 1943   A PT boat commanded by Kennedy was cut in two by a Japanese destroyer off the Solomon Islands.
1945   Worked as a reporter for the Hearst newspapers.
1946   Elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
1952   Elected to the U.S. Senate
September 12, 1953   Married Jacqueline Lee Bouvier.
1956   Made an unsuccessful bid for the Democratic vice-presidential nomination.
1957   Awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Biography for his book Profiles in Courage (1956).
1958 re-election campaign Re-elected to the U.S. Senate.
1960 President Kennedy Elected President of the United States.
November 22, 1963   Assassinated in Dallas, Texas.

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