Did You Know?
Although Theodore Roosevelt was the youngest man to serve as president, John Kennedy was the youngest elected president at 43 years old. He was also the youngest to die in office, at the age of 46.
All in the Family
While JFK was president, his brother Robert was U.S. Attorney General, and his youngest brother, Ted, was elected a U.S. Senator. This is the only time that three members of the same family have held such high government positions. JFK was also the only president to appoint a sibling to a cabinet post.
A Literary Leader
JFK is the only president to have won a Pulitzer Prize, for his collective biography, Profiles in Courage.
A New Medium
The Nixon-Kennedy debates were the first ever to be televised, and JFK's ability to project a positive image on-screen may have given him a significant advantage in the election. Interestingly, many people who heard the debates over the radio thought Nixon had done a more competent job.
Strange but True
Although there is no significance, historical or otherwise, it is interesting to note some of the coincidental facts in the lives of Abraham Lincoln and JFK. Lincoln was elected in 1860, Kennedy in 1960 -- Lincoln's secretary was named Kennedy, Kennedy's was named Lincoln -- both men were assassinated -- and both men were succeeded by their vice presidents, both of whom were named Johnson.
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
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After the stock market crashed in 1929, thousands suffered unemployment and poverty in the Great Depression.
In 1897, Arctic explorer Robert Peary caused a sensation when he returned from Greenland with five Eskimos.
Richard Sears and Alva Curtis Roebuck brought consumer goods to the hands of every American with their Sears and Roebuck catalogue.
"The Wizard of Menlo Park," Inventor Thomas Edison, built the first practical light bulb and revolutionized the world.
The 1968 Democratic National Convention saw a clash of political visions on the convention floor and violence outside on the streets of Chicago.
The boy behind the myth, who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan to the most feared man in the West and an enduring icon. Part of The Wild West collection.