Five Facts on John F. Kennedy
- The army medically disqualified Kennedy from service. In the months before the United States entered World War II, Kennedy attempted to enlist in the military, but his intestinal and back problems caused him to fail the physical examinations for both the army's and navy's officer candidate school.
- He won a Pulitzer prize. Kennedy authored his first book, "Why England slept," at the age of 22, and in 1945 he spent a few months as a newspaper correspondent for William Randolph.
- Kennedy briefly attended to Princeton University. Prior to his enrollment at Harvard University, the future president in 1935 began his undergraduate career another Ivy League institution, Princeton University.
- Kennedy Installed a secret taping system in the White House. Richard Nixon was not the first president to record his private white house conversations. In the summer of 1962, Kennedy secretly installed a taping system in the Oval Office and cabinet room that transmitted recordings to a reel-to-reel tape recorder in the white house basement.
- John F Kennedy was elected in 1960 as the 35th president of the United States, 43-year-old John F. Kennedy became the youngest man and the first Roman Catholic to hold that office.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy was born into one of America's wealthiest families and parlayed an elite education and a reputation as a military hero into a successful run for congress in 1946 and for the senate in 1952. AS president, Kennedy confronted mounting cold war tensions in Cuba, Vietnam and elsewhere. The domino theory American foregone policy after world war II was based on the goal of containing communism and the assumptions of the so called "domino Theory if one country fell to communism, the surrounding countries would fall, like dominoes. Internal Divisions corruption, religious differences, and mounting successes by the Vietcong guerrillas weakened the south Vietnamese government of Ngo Dinh Diem. John F Kennedy come up with the foregone policy called containment the basic united states strategy for fighting the cold war (1947-1987). President John F. Kennedy and superintendent of the Untied States military Academy (USMA), Major General William C. Westmoreland, sit in the back seat of the presidential limousine. When Westmoreland arrived in Vietnam in 1964, the United States had some 16,000 troops in the region. Beginning in 1965, westmoreland sent large numbers of soldiers on "search and destroy" operations using helicopters and high tech weapons.