jfk timeline

  • jfk transfers to harvard

    JFK transfers to Harvard College, where his brother Joe is already a student. He is active in student groups and sports, and takes a particular interest in history and government.
  • Joseph P. Kennedy is named Ambassador to Great Britain

    JFK tours Europe with his friend Lem Billings, traveling through France, Italy, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and England.The following year, Joseph P. Kennedy is named Ambassador to Great Britain by President Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • jfk enlists in the us navy

    JFK enlists in the U.S. Navy. In 1943, Lt. Kennedy is assigned to the South Pacific as commander of a patrol torpedo boat, the PT109. He has a crew of 12 men whose mission is to stop Japanese ships from delivering men and supplies to their bases. The following year, JFK is awarded the Purple Heart and the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for his bravery
  • jfk gets nominated

    JFK is nominated for the Presidency on the first ballot at the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles, California. He selects Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Baines Johnson (D-Texas) as his running mate. He runs on a platform emphasizing the need to restrain the arms race, to rebuild science and education programs in the country, to support the farm economy and to combat urban decay. He proclaims, “We stand today on the edge of a New Frontier of unknown opportunities and perils—a frontier o
  • jfk gets elected

    JFK is elected President of the United States by a narrow margin. At the age of 43, he is the youngest man and the first Catholic ever to be elected President.
  • jfk gets inaugurated

    JFK is inaugurated as the thirty-fifth President of the United States. He is the first U.S. President to have been born in the twentieth century. He urges his fellow Americans to “...ask not what your country can do for you. Ask what you can do for your country.”
  • man on the moon

    JFK sets the national goal of landing a man on the moon before 1970 during his Special Message to Congress on Urgent National Needs.
  • man of the year

    JFK is named “Man of the Year” by Time magazine.
  • Nuclear Test Ban Treaty

    JFK signs the instrument of ratification for the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, the first disarmament agreement of the atomic era, and says, “For the first time we have been able to reach an agreement which can limit the dangers of this age.”
  • The Kennedy Administration recognizes the new government

    The military leaders of South Vietnam overthrow the government in a coup, assassinating President Diem and his brother, Ngo Dinh Nhu. The Kennedy Administration recognizes the new government within days of the coup.