John F. Kennedy was only president for 1,036 days — but his legacy has lived on for generations.
Born into one of America’s wealthiest families, educated at the finest schools, and branded a war hero and philanthropist, JFK is consistently ranked as one of America’s most popular presidents.
New reports suggest Kennedy’s chronic back problems may have aided his assassin 54 years ago today.
Here’s a look at the incredible life of JFK.
John F. Kennedy was born to a wealthy Irish Catholic family on May 29, 1917. He was the second oldest of nine Kennedy children.
Despite his father’s constant encouragement, JFK wasn’t much of a student and preferred to play football or flirt with girls.
Kennedy, in spite of his lack of effort, was extremely smart. He excelled at Harvard when he applied himself. His senior thesis was so well done it was published as a book in 1940 and sold more than 80,000 copies.