President John F. Kennedy’s Assassination
Friday morning on November 22, 1963, President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was parading through the Dallas, Texas streets with his wife, and the Vice President and his wife in the car behind, in opened convertible limousins on their way to the Trade Mark, so he could give a speech. However, the President did not make it to his destination. Around 12:30 p.m. shots were fired from the Texas School Book Depository hitting the thirty-fifth President in the neck and head. President John F.Kennedy’s assassination was a turning point in American history because his dreams and conquests, like the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the Alliance for Progress, were accomplished with the late president on that terrible twenty-second day of November in 1963.
John F. Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917, in Brookline, Massachusetts. He was birthed by Rose Kennedy and Joseph P. Kennedy Sr. Kennedy was the second of nine children. His father was a wealthy banker and businessman, who was also a part of the National Government. Kennedy attended Harvard University in the late 1930s. He was a star swimmer, a decent golfer, and he also participated in football. His parents were both very supportive of what Kennedy was trying to accomplish, “If I didn’t really feel you had the goods I would be most charitable in my attitude toward your failings … I am not expecting too much, and I will not be disappointed if you don’t turn out to be a real genius, but I think you can be a really worthwhile citizen with good judgment and understanding.” said his father. After Kennedy graduated from Harvard, he joined the U.S. Navy. He earned the Navy and Marine Corps Medal and the Purple Heart award. In 1946, Kennedy won a seat in the House of Representatives. After three terms in the House of Representatives, he got elected to the U.S. Senate. In 1960, John F. Kennedy was elected President over his competitor Richard Nixon. “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country,” said President Kennedy in his inaugural address.
John F. Kennedy had many contributions while he was in Office. He arranged the Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and he proposed the Alliance for Progress. In 1945, the end of World War II initiated the Nuclear War. In May 1955, the Soviet Union, Canada, the United States, France, and the United Kingdom came together to negotiate on the denouement of nuclear weapons testings with the help of the United Nations Disarmament Commision. However, the Soviet Union was afraid that with this new advancement, it would lead to surveillance and bring to light the Soviet´s insistence of the total amount of deliverable nuclear weapons that they owned. Notwithstanding, lasting from November 1958 to September 1961, the United States and the Soviets deferred nuclear tests.