JFK Delivers Frontier Speech
- Accepted the nomination for Democratic candidate
- Gave the speech in Denver, Colorado
- Gave Americans reason to support him.
JFK Speaks at Houston Ministers' Conference
- Delivered at the Rice Hotel in Houston, Texas.
- Separation of Church and State.
- Declared he was Catholic.
JFK debates Richard Nixon on TelevisionDebate- 70 million viewers
- Nixon agreed in hopes of exposing Kennedy's inexperience.
- Kennedy had been coached by television producers, and he looked and spoke better.
JFK Wins Election in 1960
- Closest election since 1884.
- Kennedy won by fewer than 119,000 votes.
- First family fascinated the public
Bay of Pigs Invasion
- Took place at a beach called Playa Girón.
- Directed by CIA
- Intended to spark rebellion with Fidel Castro
Freedom Riders Attacked in AlabamaFreedom Riders- Freedom riders: civil rights activists that rode interstate buses into the segregated southern United States.
- Beaten in Birmingham, AL
- Started the Freedom Rider Movement
Berlin Wall is Constructed
- Constructed just after midnight.
- East German troops began to unload concrete posts and rolls of barbed wire along the border.
- Separated East Germany from West Germany.
- Ended the Berlin Crisis, but increased Cold War tensions.
Cuban Missile CrisisJFK gives speech on Cuba- Photographs taken by U.S. planes revealed Soviet missile bases in Cuba; some contained missiles ready to launch.
- Kennedy informed America of the Soviet's missiles in Cuba.
- Khrushchev and Kennedy secretly agreed to end the crisis.
Kennedy Addresses the Nation about Civil Rights
- Transformed legal issue into a moral issue.
- In response to African American students at University of Alabama.
- Kennedy announced that he would make a law for civil rights.
JFK Assassinated in Dallas, Texas
- Assasinated in Dealey Plaza, Dallas, Texas.
- Assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald.
- Some still think it was a conspiracy.