John F. Kennedy's Timeline


John F. Kennedy was born

May 29, 1917

Born in Brookline, Mass., the son of Joe and Rose Kennedy (Fitzgerald) and the great-grandson of Irish immigrants.


June 1940

Graduates Cum Laude with a bachelors of a science degree from Harvard University.

JFK's thesis

July 1940

Kennedy's college thesis "Appeasement in Munich," about Britain's failure to prepare itself against Nazi Germany, is published as a book titled Why England Slept.

JFK's WWII Experience

September 1941 - MARCH 1, 1945

At age 24, he is sworn in as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.
In 1943 he was given the command of a PT-109 boat as a lieutenant. Awarded various medals for rescueing his men.


November 4, 1952 - 1958

Elected as senator from Massachusetts and re-elected in 1958.

John F. Kennedy's Wedding

September 12, 1953

Marries Jacqueline Lee Bouvier in Newport, R.I. She is the daughter of John Vernon Bouvier III and Janet Lee Bouvier.

Kennedy's Operation

October 21, 1954 - February 1955

Undergoes surgery for a back injury he received during the PT-109 incident. Then goes under surgery once again and almost dies. During his recovery, he writes Profiles in Courage, which won a Pulitzer Prize for biography in 1957.


November 8, 1960 - November 22,1963

The Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba. Kennedy supports the invasion to oust that country's Communist leader, Fidel Castro, but the invasion fails. Kennedy is heavily criticized.
Writes speeches, meets with russian leader's.

Peace Corps

March 1, 1961

Signs a bill creating the Peace Corps.

John F. Kenndy's death

November 22, 1963

Assassinated by Lee Harvey Oswald who then was shot by Jack Ruby.