JFK IN THE COLD WAR BY BROOKS O'SHEA

Some facts to know about John F. Kennedy are that he was born on May 29, 19171 in Brookline, Massachusetts. JFK was also elected in 1960, at the age of 43. He was the youngest president to ever be elected. John F. Kennedy started serving in 1961 but was stopped short due to his assassination in 1963, many americans remember John as a icon of champion freedom.

John F. Kennedy

Kennedy was known as being aggressive in the Cold War. One thing that John promised to due was close the missile gap. When John F. Kennedy was elected he was not sure what was going to come next. One day when the American U2 spy planes were spying, they noticed that missile sites were being built the Soviet Union. They also got a photograph of the missile sites being made. Once president Kennedy was told what was going on, he did not want the Soviet Union to find out that we know about it. It took several long meetings each day to figure out what the US was going to do about the problem. Kennedy decided that he should place a naval blockade, or a ring of ships around Cuba.

In 1960, was when Kennedy contributed to the Space Race. JFK committed to landing a man on the moon by the end of the decade before anyone else. This was a big deal and the US would be known forever if this happened. JFK would also become more popular if he can successfully land a man on the moon before anyone else. In 1957 was when the Space Race really began, it began by the Soviet Union launching the satellite Sputnik. The Space Race would take a long time to develop. Since Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963 In Dallas Texas, he was not alive when the US landed on the moon.

Satellite Sputnik that the Soviet Union launched
First man to walk on the moon (Neil Armstrong)

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