As the nation honors the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination, it is important to also acknowledge JFK‘s political and social impact. Seen by many as a civil rights icon and a champion of fairness, the 35th President of the United States is as iconic a figure as any.
Born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Mass., Kennedy, also known as Jack, was born into a wealthy family. After serving in the U.S. Navy and holding public office as a congressman and senator, Kennedy would become the youngest president ever elected at age 43.
Many conspiracy theories surround JFK’s tragic death, although a lengthy investigation by the Assassination Records Review Board found no real evidence of foul play. While the CIA, the mob, feuding Cuban leader Fidel Castro and others have been named in the plot, all facts seemingly point to Lee Harvey Oswald as the trigger-man on that fateful day in Texas.
Hip-Hop Wired takes a look at 10 Things You May Not Know About JFK. Feel free to add other key moments we may have missed in the comments section.
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