Born on this day in 1917, President John F. Kennedy would have been turning 96 years old today. Kennedy served in the U.S. Navy, the U.S. House of Representatives as well as the U.S. Senate before becoming the 35th President of the United States in 1961. Even those that weren’t alive during this time period have more than likely heard his memorable phrase from his Presidential Inauguration: “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” During his Presidency, Kennedy promoted US activities in space exploration, advanced the cause of civil rights, organized aid to developing nations, and stopped the spread of nuclear weapons; preventing Russia from mounting nuclear missiles in Cuba, amongst many other things. John F. Kennedy was in office for two years before he was assassinated in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963.
Check out some of Discovery Education’s videos to share with your class on John F. Kennedy’s birthday, such as “Speeches from History: John F. Kennedy,” “John F. Kennedy: The Early Years,” “JFK: The Age of the Kennedy Presidency,” and many more!
No matter how old or how young, birthdays should never go without a celebration! Let us know how your class celebrates John F. Kennedy’s birthday this year.